Wandertage/Walking Traditions

On 14 October 2018, lecturers Giles Harrington and Yasemin Cigiltepe organised a circular walk in the Peak District from Grindleford for all students of German.

Our Wandertage take place each semester and are a great opportunity to practice German outside of the classroom, socialise, and explore the area of natural beauty that lies between the university-side of Sheffield and Manchester: the Peak District National Park.

18th Century Walkers

The tradition in our German section goes back at least twenty years, but Germans first wandered through — and wrote about — the Peak in the 18th century.

Seán Williams, lecturer in German and European Cultural History, followed in the footsteps of 18th century Germans. Seán has spoken about the Romantic German tradition of walking on the BBC and at the Proms, and published on the cultural website The Public Domain Review. Walking as a leisurely and writerly activity began in the 18th century.