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Wally’s centenary

September 14, 2014

The present day RA has need of campaigners such as Wally. I met him a couple of times. A grand chap.


Today Wally Smith, who died in 2001, would have been 100, a special friend of the Ramblers and of mine.   Here’s what I said at his memorial event in May 2001.

Tribute to Wally Smith, 13 September 1914 – 29 April 2001
Founder member of the Ramblers’ Association, treasurer 1961-87 and vice-president 1987-2001.

They called him Tiger Smith in Liverpool and North Wales Area in the 1930s because he used to lead such energetic and challenging walks.  And I suspect it was also because he was a leading light in organising the path surveys in the 1950s, when we first got the official, definitive, maps of rights of way under the National Parks Act 1949.

All the paths had to be claimed by volunteers, and Liverpool and North Wales Ramblers covered two million acres.  Wally was the organiser, he went with the volunteers—by bus, train and bike—out into the wilds and…

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