Continuing Education

Fred and Donna Austin

Fred and Donna Austin

Fred and Donna Austin, after 50 years of marriage and hundreds of backpacking and mountain climbing trips into our Cascade Mountains, now want to share their years of experience of walking the footpaths of Britain.  They continue expanding the series of British Footpath guide books (covering paths in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland), which were started by their friend Richard Hayward, who stumbled upon his first waymarked British footpath in 1974, and continued happily following these paths to the end of his life.  Through his and their love for these gentle pathways they hope their walking classes and their walking guidebooks will allow others to discover their personal serendipitous journeys.

Unlike our majestic wilderness, which demands carrying heavy packs up steep mountains, beyond the abilities of many, British footpaths only require a 10 lb pack for your independent walking holidays, allowing a joyful meander between B&Bs.

Walking English countryside paths connects you with locals who do not treat you like tourists; after all you’re walking like everyone else in Britain.

For example during a single walking day you might pause to reflect on the drumbeat of antiquity beside a 2,500 year-old Celtic burial mound, feel the wind of time caressing your face on exploring an 1,800 year-old Roman wall, stride unencumbered across a 1,000 year-old stone clapper bridge, breath-in the romantic memories of a 500 year-old medieval castle, or peacefully meander along the gentle curves of an 18th-century canal towards your next friendly village pub and B&B.