chapter  6
15 Pages

Walking and Tourism

In 1979, the Policy Studies Institute published a book, Walking is Transport, in which the authors concluded that there was scant research on the subject. Hence, ‘it is not surprising that walking has been poorly represented in transport policy, and that the consequences for those in society whose travel needs are frequently met on foot are not brought to light’ (Hillman and Whalley, 1979, p1). Thirty years on, there still remains a dearth of information on walking, either as a form of transport or as a tourism pursuit. Yet, in terms of volume and frequency, walking is by far the most important form of transport in the world, and that also applies to travel at the destination. It also has the lowest environmental footprint. In reality, it is the form of travel that is consistently undervalued by transport and tourism planners in terms of planning, funding and provision. This is certainly the case when compared to providing for the car.