Walking Brain box

Be the first to favourite this.

If you missed our End of 2021 quiz, you can still test your brains by answering the questions below.

If you are new to the Walk Listen Create community, do please scan our events and archive of walking pieces, and register – it’s free – you can add a profile, headshot, and links to your blog, walking pieces, or writing.

  1. Which classical composer walked 250 miles to Lubeck?

A: J. S Bach – In the winter of 1705, aged 20, Bach set out to travel over 250 miles on foot from Arnstadt, in Thuringia, the heart of Germany, to Lübeck, near the Baltic coast, in order to study the art and craft of Lübeck’s famous organist, Dietrich Buxtehude.

2. Which of these initiatives has nothing to do with walking?

A: Cool ways – Slow ways is an UK initiative to link villages, towns and cities with pedestrian routes (using existing rights of way); Lost ways is an initiative by Ramblers in England & ales to re-instate rights of way that have become lost over time; Foot ways are pavements beside streets and roads for pedestrian use, however, London Living Streets have used the phrase for a campaign to create pedestrian priority routes across London.

3. Jaywalking or crossing the street not at an intersection is a criminal act in Ontario. True or false?

A. False – back in the 70s, walklistencreate founder Andrew Stuck was arrested and fined for jaywalking in Toronto…these days however, he would have got off scot-free!

4. It is not against UK law to take part in a naked bike ride, but Stephen Gough was arrested for walking naked from where to where?

A. Land’s End to John O’Groats is the correct answer, although as Stephen Gough has been arrested more than once for public indecency he might well have been walking from John O’Groats to Land’s End…thanks to Geoff Nicholson’s Lost Art of Walking as the source for this question!

5. Walking backwards helps improve your balance and it releases happy hormones that keep your senses calm?

A. Surprisingly, it’s true! According to a study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, backward walking helps in improving balance and it releases happy hormones that keep your senses calm.

6. What phrase describes walking that’s more “subtle and graceful than that of the average oaf”?

A. 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.

7. Who walked “on a wire between the Twin Towers” and what was the title of the movie made about them?

A. Philippe Petit (see below) and The Walk – see this news item from the New York Daily News

8. What’s an E-path and how many of them are there?

A. They are Pan-Europe walking routes and there are 12 of them – let’s get walking them!

9. This author followed in the footsteps of composer J S Bach, created a radio programme and wrote a book called “Something of his Art” about the walk – then spoke about it at a Walk Listen Cafe – who is the author?

Was it Peter Fiennes @pfiennes or Robert Macfarlane @RobGMacfarlane or Julian Hoffman @Julianhoffman or Horatio Clare @HoratioClare ?

A: It was Horatio Clare

10. Which of these artworks was NOT created by Hamish Fulton?


A. A MIDNIGHT SOLSTICE WALK – we made that one up! You can discover artworks by Hamish Fulton in the Tate Archive, and you can listen to Hamish talking walking from here.

Andrew Stuck

Founder SWS Online Jury 2022 SWS Online Jury 2023

Andrew is the founder of the Museum of Walking, created to bring people together and to make and showcase walking pieces and performances. Andrew also is a podcaster, interviewing creative people who use walking as a catalyst for their practice. Talking Wa...

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Also check out

walking – Babak Fakhamz...
Walking times between Sao Paulo metro stations

29 Jan, 2023

Walking Event SWS22
Sound Walk September 2022

1 - 30 Sep, 2022

When September rolls around, you can listen to stories, get closer to nature, travel to far away places, immerse yourself in different cultures, add your voice, record the ambience, learn how to make sound walks, and submit your own work, as well as participate in lively debates, and intimate café conversations. And, share your discoveries with experts from the world of sound walking.

Talking Walking
Jez Hastings talking walking

26 Jan, 2023

Reading and Walking
Don’t Fall

30 Jan, 2023

Walking Event
Sound Walk Sunday 2017

3 Sep, 2017 · All day

La Romieu, France

Walking Event
Walking Detective meet-up

2022-12-12 19:00


We want to uncover the forgotten or not yet revealed walking compositions – will you help us in our detective work as we search through archives and make connections with walking artists, performers and writers across the globe?

Walking Event
Sound/Image22 Conference & Festival

Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sciences University of Greenwich, UK

18 - 20 Nov, 2022

Stockwell Street Building, 10 Stockwell Street, London SE10 9BD, UK

Walking Event
Of Walking on Thin Ice (Camino to COP26)

XR Walkers

2022-11-16 17:30

The IronWorks, 90 High Street, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1JN, UK

Walking Event SWS23
Sound Walk September 2023

1 - 30 Sep, 2023


A month-long series of events celebrating sound walks, combined with a culmination in the Sound Walk September Awards. Submit your work!

Walking Event
The Walking Studio: The art of urban exploration

ESRC Festival of Social Science in NI 2022 / Ulster University

2022-11-05 13:00

Ulster University, York Street, Belfast BT15 1ED, UK

Walking Event SWS21
Sound Walk September 2021

1 - 30 Sep, 2021

Listen to stories, get closer to nature, travel to far away places, immerse yourself in different cultures, add your voice, record the ambience, and learn how to make sound walks.

Walking Event
If these walls could talk

Being Human Festival - Culture and Creativity Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University

2022-11-12 11:00

Weston Park Museum, Western Bank, Mushroom Lane, Sheffield S10 2TP, UK