Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

Catching up on my outdoor reading

28th September 2006

My heading home to Ireland for a few days allowed me to catch up on my outdoor reading while on my travels (and in between the work needing to be done at my parent’s) and an odd thought struck me. Outdoor magazines like TGO, Walking World Ireland and Outdoor Photography do feature articles on the environment, but suggestions as to public transport options for getting to locations for photography or walking do not get the mentions that I feel they should. Admittedly, Trail and Country Walking are better for this, while TGO does try as well. One assumption might be that public transport is not up to the task, and that is a point when you head off the beaten track, especially in Ireland. Another valid point is that public transport does not run according to the demands of landscape photography, for which the extremes of the day are best. However, I suspect that car-using writers simply do not get to mentioning other options for whatever reason. I have lost count of the numbers that I have seen the Traveline phone number, which to my mind suggests a certain lack of application. Maybe we need to make the point to them?

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