Sunday August 9, 2020

On the right path

‘It’s really hard to explain why doing something slower has a value,’ says walking adventurer Erling Kagge, whose book Walking: One Step at a Time is a meditation on how we can express and become ourselves through this most humble of physical pastimes. Sarah Taaffe-Maguire falls in step

14th April, 2019
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Erling Kagge: ‘By going slow you breathe better, your heart beats better and you become more creative’ Pic: Maura Hickey

The best preparation for my Howth summit walk with Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge was, well, a walk. I walked 25 minutes to our car park meeting spot, savouring the breeze of a grey weekday morning while reflecting on the importance of a constitutional.

On entering the car park I spy Kagge’s tall, composed figure; his jeans and light coat coming in contrast to my precautionary hat, scarf, gloves and slipper socks. It’s clear who the pro...

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