Giving a big thumbs-up to the lost art of hitchhiking

Giving a big thumbs-up to the lost art of hitchhiking

Like Anne Perkins, I used to hitch everywhere as a teenager and in my twenties (Hitchhiking has been left by the roadside, 22 September ). That was in the 1960s. I have often wondered why people appear to hitch no more. Is it because no one is willing these days to give a lift, or is it for some other reason?

A few years ago I decided on an experiment. I would see if I could travel from Wigan to Lindisfarne on my thumb. So I set off on a slip road to the M6. Within two minutes the police arrived to say this was not allowed. So I took the train to Lancaster to try my luck on the lovely A7 border road towards Berwick. I used to think in terms of, on average, getting a lift within twenty minutes. And I was in luck: two young Australian tourists took me a good part of the journey to Hawick. Then by two more short lifts from local people I got within walking distance of my destination. So, it does not seem as if drivers have changed so much.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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