Glossary

A glossary of terms related to walking. Compiled by the community.

Glossary of walking art

There are 5 definitions in this directory beginning with the letter C.
caddy
One who carries a heavy bag for another who is intent on spoiling a walk.
Submitted by: Andrew Stuck

cat-foot
Cats aren’t known for clomping around like Clydesdales; they’re stealthy. That’s why cat-footing refers to walking that’s more subtle and graceful than that of the average oaf. In Harry L. Wilson’s 1916 book Somewhere in Red Gap, this word appears in characteristic fashion: “…I didn't yell any more. I cat-footed. And in a minute I was up close.” Cat-footing is a requirement for a career as a cat burglar. Credits to Mark Peters for these words mentioned in his article, see this.
Submitted by: Geert Vermeire

Conspectus
A place to gaze. Conspectuses are viewpoints where the terrain opens itself naturally to the viewer, where the eye can thread in and out of the circle of hills, and names suggest a narrative sequence offering the possibility of beginning to know where you are. Traditional conspectus include suidhe (Gaelic, seat), used to view hunting.
Submitted by: Alec Finlay

Corpse Road
Also known as corpse way, coffin route, coffin road, coffin path, churchway path, bier road, burial road, lyke-way or lych-way. rn"Now is the time of night, That the graves all gaping wide, Every one lets forth his sprite, In the church-way paths to glide" - Puck in Midsummer Night's DreamrnA path used in medieval times to take the dead from a remote parish to the 'mother' church for burial. Coffin rests or wayside crosses lined the route of many where the procession would stop for a while to sing a hymn or say a prayer. There was a strong belief that once a body was taken over a field or fell that route would for ever be a public footpath which may explain why so many corpse roads survive today as public footpaths. They are known through the UK.
Submitted by: Alan Cleaver

cramponing
We also wear crampons on boots, spiky metal cleats that affix via stretchy rubber-type bands. I don’t think there’s a noun for cramponing, but a friend did post on FB last week that so many Montrealers were wearing crampons that in on the tiled floors of the subway stations we sounded like a giant troupe of tap dancers. Oh would it were so! This idea lifts my heart. But maybe we won’t move from walking to dancing….
Submitted by: Kathleen Vaughan


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