The first tourists, trekkers and ramblers in Norway found their way and navigated the paths that ran through pastures, forests and mountains. The paths these first visitors walked on, and indeed the paths we still use walking and trekking today, were created by grazing animals and the people who tended to them, walking habitually rather than occasionally. The everyday and seasonal grazing, labour, and transport associated with transhumance created a heritage in its own right, a movement heritage. Arguably, grazing animals were mediators of the land and movement within the land; by following their paths and their sense of place, trekkers could stay safe. Today the situation has changed, trekking rather than transhumance is the prevalent form of movement heritage. By exploring foreign visitor’s topographical accounts, travel literature and yearbooks from the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) from 1820–1960, this article sheds light on the transition of this movement heritage and asks, who led the way in the past, who leads the way in the present, and is there still room for the embodied memory of animals, and their heft in the future?
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