I'm guessing I might be preaching to a receptive audience with this, but is "utility" walking something that is becoming a thing of the past? You know, walking to get somewhere or to do something, rather than using any other means of transport - like the car or a bus? Let me give you a couple of recent examples. I needed a new lightbulb. The local Screwfix (about half a mile away) had one in stock, so I walked up there with the dog (which he was quite happy about, but dogs like any walk don't they? ) and back down. As I got home, my neighbour was by his door and as we had a quick chat he seemed genuinely shocked that I'd walked the and back, rather than using the car. It never even entered my mind to drive there, but he couldn't understand that anyone would walk that distance when they had a car. A few days later, we took the dog to the vets for a check up. The vets is just over a mile away, but we added a bit extra on so we could take him across some fields making the round trip about 3 miles on a gloriously sunny day. The receptionist seemed surprised that not only had we walked there but also intended to walk "all the way" home again. It makes me wonder, it really does.