Wild ways and paths of pleasure : access to British waterfalls, 1500-2000

Hudson, Brian (2001) Wild ways and paths of pleasure : access to British waterfalls, 1500-2000. Landscape Research, 26(4), pp. 285-303.

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In Britain the rise of tourism, largely associated with the Romantic taste for landscape, encouraged travel to relatively inaccessible areas. Among travellers in search of the Picturesque and the Sublime, waterfalls were particularly popular, but these were commonly difficult and dangerous places to visit. This paper examines the impact of tourism on the evolution of the landscape at waterfall sites over a period during which people travelled to tourist centres on horseback, by coach, by rail and by motor vehicle. Drawing on topographical, travel and tourist literature from the sixteenth century to 2000, together with extensive field observation, this study considers the evolution from the ‘natural’ to the designed landscape created to meet the needs of, and to attract visitors. It demonstrates how, while facilitating visits to natural attractions such as waterfalls, improved access and the provision of amenities have changed valued landscapes and, hence, the visitor’s experience of them.

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ID Code: 22085
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: British waterfalls, Tourism, Roads and Footpaths, Landscape history.
DOI: 10.1080/01426390120090111
ISSN: 0142-6397
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TOURISM (150600) > Impacts of Tourism (150601)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > History and Theory of the Built Environment (excl. Architecture) (120502)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCE (040600) > Geomorphology and Regolith and Landscape Evolution (040601)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 13:05
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:46

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