PHILOSOPHY WALKS IN THE YORKSHIRE DALES
Mark Reid – Mountain Leader & author of ‘The Inn Way’ guidebooks
Graeme Tiffany – Community Philosopher & Outdoor Educator
As featured in Country Walking magazine
Enjoy walking? Get a buzz from thinking? Challenge your mind as well as your body.
Historic landscapes, stunning views, invigorating fresh air and the joy of being in nature. There are few of us unmoved by the ‘Great Outdoors’, but what of the thoughts and questions these experiences generate; how might we embrace and learn from them?
A Philosophy Walk takes that most fundamental movement – walking – and pairs it with the opportunity to reflect with others in enjoyable, rewarding and professionally supported thinking, for pleasure or purpose. Time is invested in thinking about questions stimulated by the landscape.
We’d love you to join us on a Philosophy Walk. You can come on your own or with family and friends. Philosophy Walks are also ideal for team development.
Put simply, if you are inquisitive about the world, if you love wisdom, you’re a philosopher. The emphasis here is on philosophising rather than engagement with the work of famous philosophers. More pertinently, you’ll be interested in questions of meaning and value, and most often those for which there isn’t a definitive answer. And you’ll be committed to the process of learning as much as trying to find an answer: thinking, questioning and reasoning will matter to you.
HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE DAY:
In the morning, we meet over tea/coffee to discuss the day, with a brief introduction to the history of the relationship between walking and philosophy. We’ll then head out on our walk across beautiful and varied landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales. Unlike many guided walks we’ll return to the local pub relatively early and take time to consider our conversations during the day.
As our bodies relax, it’s time to stretch our mental muscles. We’ll draw on the extraordinary potential of the outdoors to stimulate deeper thinking. Using Community of Enquiry methodology, we’ll work together to explore a question that has arisen that’s of importance to us all.
Using the stimulus of the outdoors, and the unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the landscape your guides possess, you’ll be encouraged to wander and wonder, and to explore both the environment and the ideas and thoughts sparked by your – and your fellow walkers’ – experience.
You’ll return home having exercised body and mind ….
OUTLINE OF THE DAY
Meet at the village pub or cafe; overview of the day over tea/coffee. Introduction to Philosophy Walks including a short talk about the relationship between philosophy and walking.
10am – 3pm
Fully guided walk in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales interspersed with ‘philosophical interludes’. Packed lunch en route.
3pm – 5pm
Return to the pub to gather our thoughts and examine further the day in a ‘Community of Philosophical Enquiry’.
Consider this scene, which we came across during a recent Philosophy Walk. Rather than passing by, we shared our reactions to what we had seen. Our discussion grew into an exploration of the role myths played in shaping our lives and the extent to which they inform the decisions we make. In thinking together we were able to examine, safely, and in a caring way, often deeply held beliefs and the rationale behind them.
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England; he also has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster. Mark Reid has walked over 20,000 miles of footpaths over the 20 years, and has taken over 10,000 people out walking in the countryside. Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
EXPERIENCE, FITNESS & INFORMATION
- No previous hill-walking experience is required as full guidance will be given.
- A reasonable level of fitness and stamina will be required, as the natural environment can be demanding at times
- We can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats.
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- All of our instructors are fully qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 10,000 people out walking, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of valley, hill and mountain walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill and mountain walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk of accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our walks are suitable for all ages. Under 18s (minimum age 14) may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The child must be accompanied at all times during the walk by their parent/legal guardian.
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