Ramblings in Ireland by Kerry Dwyer

Welcome to Author Kerry Dwyer
Kerry Dwyer is a writer and teacher of English as a foreign language. She was born in the north of England and educated in the south. She has lived in various parts of the UK and worked throughout Europe. She now lives with her family in Charente Maritime in the southwest of France.

Ten things Kerry likes about walking

1. No special training is necessary. Walking is one of the things that we learn to do when we are very small. Parents derive great pleasure from their infant’s first steps. I don’t know anyone who remembers learning how to walk.

2. No special equipment is necessary. Although it helps to have a good solid pair of walking boots they are not vital to the exercise. Any pair of comfortable shoes or trainers will do.

3. You don’t have to go somewhere special to do it. Walking can be on roads or tracks, through fields or along rivers. You can walk inside or outside.

4. Walking is an all year round activity. These days you can swim and ski all year round as well but not just outside your front door. You don’t need special weather conditions for walking. As long as it is not absolutely tipping down with rain I like to walk. Even in very cold weather an extra layer and the exercise keeps me warm.

5. Walking is free. There are no entry fees to roads for people walking. Forest tracks and National Parks are free. If you want to walk in snow shoes you can, climb up a mountain you can do it. There are some parks that charge entry fees and of course private land but in the main you can walk for free.

6. You can walk for however long you want. There is no minimum or maximum length for a walk it is up to you. With my navigational skills I often end up walking for longer than anticipated. If I only have a few minutes I can walk around the block and be back home in under fifteen minutes.

7. Walking can be as fast or slow as you like. There is no maximum or minimum speed. You regulate your own walking pace to suit yourself. On a hot day you can meander around the vines and sunflower fields stopping at every stream to watch the fish. In the dead of winter you can walk briskly through a town heading for the nearest coffee shop.

8. You can choose your gradient. Walks that I do around my home are mainly flat but a little further afield towards the estuary there are some steep hills. Walking up mountain paths can be hard work but you then have the pleasure of the view from the top and the descent.

9. You can walk alone. Although I prefer to walk with a friend or in a group there is nothing to stop me walking on my own. I do sometimes walk on my own although I prefer to borrow a dog if there is no one else who wants to walk.

10. You can see things you would otherwise miss. Sometimes we are too busy moving quickly through the world to really see it. Walking lets you see things up close. Whether you walk in the country or the town you can see small changes in your environment when walking.

Ramblings in Ireland

This is not a book about rambling in Ireland.

It tells the tale of one particular walking trip and the memories and musings it inspired.

Exploring the West of Ireland is a time for meditation, spiritual reflection and strengthening the bonds of life. More practically the ability to read a map might have proved helpful. The tourist office in Ireland has all their paths clearly marked. You can’t go wrong if you follow that little yellow man. Or can you?
 As British ex-patriate Kerry Dwyer leads Bertrand, her trusting French husband, astray once more, they reminisce and reflect upon accents and accidents, family and friends, love and what it means to be alive. Bertrand doesn’t mind getting lost – he loves Kerry all the more for going off the beaten track.

This is a book about ramblings in Ireland. Walk with Kerry and Bertrand and follow where your thoughts lead you.