Trevor, who lives in Chippenham,
has been a keen walker for many years, walking his way through the
UK, Europe, and the USA.
|Getting away from
it all: one of Wiltshire's byways.
"I was born before Gore-Tex
was invented, and survived! I moved from London 25 years ago and
can still taste the freshness of Wiltshire air each morning,"
As a keen member of the Ramblers'
Association (he served as Wiltshire Area Chairman before pressure
of work forced him to give it up), Trevor hopes to make good use
of the experience he's gleaned over the years.
With this in mind, one of the projects
that he's embarked on is the Walkweb
website, a new resource for people keen to explore routes around
Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.
The website includes a selection
of walking routes complete with maps, details of places to eat and
drink, points of interest and help for those new to countryside
walking & navigation.
There's also an opportunity to submit your favourite walk to the
website, helping others to share in your love of a preferred route.
One other aspect of Walkweb
is a route sponsorship scheme for anyone wanting to support the
ideals of the website.
Wiltshire's White Horse Trail
Trevor says: "I realised that
many people who visited the countryside did not venture far from
their car for fear of getting lost or facing an irate landowner.
"Some had tried and given up
because the intricacies of map reading or an out of date guide book
had led them astray and I began to think how I could improve things.
"Publishing my own experiences
on the Internet seemed a perfect solution. This led to the central
theme of my website - encouraging others to enjoy the outdoors."
Trevor believes that Wiltshire is
seriously underrated as a place to walk and suggests that the county
has lived under the shadow of the very popular Cotswolds for far
"We have villages as good as
any in the Cotswolds, throw in our sweeping downland, add the proliferation
of historic sites such as Stonehenge and what do you have, something
unique with a taste of its own," Trevor argues.
On the Route Introduction page of
Walkweb Trevor has
portrayed what each walk means to him in the hope that his enthusiasm
will be infectious. "Get out there and enjoy Wiltshire",
is his simple message.
Combe (picture by Trevor Walker)
So what does Trevor himself
make of the countryside he loves to explore?
At the heart of every walk is an
opportunity to relax he suggests.
"The very minute my eyes lift
to the horizon my spirits start to soar, I begin to wonder what's
over the next hill or round the next corner and my cares drop away;
I come alive again.
Even when the weather is bad or the
route is hard and tiring I slip into a mellow haze after a day's
walking, what more could you want?"
STOP PRESS: See Trevor's latest Wiltshire walk, which reflects
the countryside around those villages featured in BBC 2's "A
Country Parish" series. Click here