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    at walking distance

    Hello teachers,
    I have a question regarding the use of the term noted in the title.

    Is it correct to say 'The main attractions are accessible on foot at walking distance'
    I wonder if "accessible on foot" is redundant? or the phrase is OK?

    Thank you.

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    Re: at walking distance

    "On foot at walking distance" is redundant.
    "The main attractions are all within walking distance."

    "Accessible on foot" is often used restrictively, to mean "Not accessible by vehicle." "The mountain lookout is only accessible by foot." It doesn't mean the distance.

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    Re: at walking distance

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "On foot at walking distance" is redundant.
    "The main attractions are all within walking distance."

    "Accessible on foot" is often used restrictively, to mean "Not accessible by vehicle." "The mountain lookout is only accessible by foot." It doesn't mean the distance.

    Thank you Raymott for the reply,
    I don't understand why the use of 'accessible on foot ' is considered restrictive. The example that you put shows not accessible by vehicle because of the word 'ONLY'. That I can understand.
    However, If I just want to point out that we can go to the main attractions by walking (we don't have to use the public transports or whatever) and these different attractions are within walking distance, I should just put within walking distance? It's comprehensible that we can walk and it shows more or less the distance...?
    For me, accessible on foot doesn't necessarily mean not accessible by vehicle unless we add the word 'ONLY'.

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    Re: at walking distance

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazuki View Post
    If I just want to point out that we can go to the main attractions by walking (we don't have to use the public transports or whatever) and these different attractions are within walking distance, I should just put within walking distance? It's comprehensible that we can walk and it shows more or less the distance...?
    For me, accessible on foot doesn't necessarily mean not accessible by vehicle unless we add the word 'ONLY'.
    Accessible on foot means you can get there on foot. You might have to walk six weeks, but you won't have to go part of the way by boat, for example.

    Within walking distance means that an able-bodied person can walk there in a relatively brief time. It's a good choice if that's the idea you're trying to convey.
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    Re: at walking distance

    'Within walking distance' is useless as a guide to how far away the attractions are.

    There's a vast difference between the distance that can be walked by a short, elderly, asthmatic, arthritic guy like me, and a tall, young, athletic dude like Andy Murray.

    Just tell me how far away they are and whether the terrain's uphill, downhill or on the level and I'll be the judge of whether I can walk it or not.

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    Re: at walking distance

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazuki View Post
    For me, accessible on foot doesn't necessarily mean not accessible by vehicle unless we add the word 'ONLY'.
    Yes, of course. I added 'only'. But that doesn't change the fact that the phrase "accessible on/by foot" is often used this way.

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