A rural walk around the world
What is Rural ?
Many people have definitions for the term rural, but seldom are these rural definitions in agreement.
For some, rural is a subjective state of mind. For others, rural is an objective quantitative measure.
Saying "rural", I have in mind anything, that is not "urban".
Urban areas can be defined using several criteria. Once this is done, rural is then defined by exclusion - any area that is not urban is rural.
What is Walk ? The things are simpler here and we will not discuss them.
This site aims to provide information about interesting places on the world where everyone can escape from the big city and enjoy the provincial and pastoral peace, the lovely village or nature scenery.
The site is still under development, but it is now fully functional and you can provide information about your favorite nooks of our green planet.
It is enough to register, which will take not more than a half minute. After registration you can submit your rural walk with the possibility to publish information about accomodation, maps, guides or any other relevant service.
Þingvellir was declared a national park in 1930. A law was passed designating Þingvellir as “a protected national shrine for all Icelanders, the perpetual property of the Icelandic nation under the preservation of parliament, never to be sold or mortgaged.”
Preservation measures at Þingvellir were modelled on the national parks that had been established somewhat earlier in the United States to stem changes to the natural environment there resulting from encroachment by settlers.
National parks conserved large uninhabited areas, which people could visit and enjoy - but not settle or develop. Iceland identified a similar need to preserve certain natural and historical sites for future generations to enjoy them in their original state. Today, Þingvellir is one of the most frequently visited tourist sites in the country. Each year, thousands of visitors go there to become better acquainted with Iceland's greatest historical site and jewel of nature.
In the last few decades, research has made it clear that Þingvellir is a natural wonder on a international scale, with the geologic history and the biosystem of Lake Þingvallavatn forming a unique entity, a magnificent showcase. Being able to witness the evolution and formation of new species in a place like Lake Þingvallavatn is of immense value.
The Þingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, being situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures of the area make evident the rifting of the earth's crust.
The Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal is a quiet canal through rolling hills and beautiful countryside, including the waterway landmark of Foxton Locks and the highest point on the Grand Union.
The canal meanders its way through unspoilt rural surroundings, constantly changing direction as it lazily motions you northwards.
Beyond the Watford Locks, boaters can enjoy 20 miles of easy cruising. The Leicester Line passes through Crick Tunnel and the village of Crick, home of one of Britain's largest annual boat shows, held each year in May.
Short arms to Market Harborough and the village of Welford offer tempting diversions. Nearby Saddington Reservoir, built to keep the canal well watered, is a wildlife haven.