Famous British Trails
The Pennine Way
The Pennine Way runs 267 miles (429 km) from Edale in the Peak District, northwards through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Northumberland National Park, ending at Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders.
Walking Home: Travels with a troubadour on the Pennine Way by Simon Armitage
This journey starts off as a poet’s exploration of the idea of home inspired by Homer’s Odyssey. Beginning at Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders and finishing just shy of the end at Edale in the Peak District, Simon Armitage had no previous experience of long distance hiking and had to invest in everything he needed for the journey prior to setting off. Reliant solely on a fascinating array of rangers, environmental experts and poetry fans to provide meals, accommodation, and transport for his belongings along the route, his life reads like an itinerant player from a distant age. The book has an excellent balance of descriptions of the countryside and humorous stories about the people he meets. A very ambitious project, the author’s attitude towards the route is fairly ambivalent towards the end after some unlucky weather, but the account is still very readable and witty.
Ramble On: The story of our love for walking in Great Britain by Sinclair McKay
This is a great compendium of a book ideal for dipping in and out of on a walk really. The book is arranged geographically and thematically rather than being slavishly historical. It covers historical landmarks such as the urge for post war regeneration and accessibility for working people, the creation of the first national parks, the Kinder trespass and the creation of the Pennine Way. It also explores the key figures such as Wordsworth, Wainwright and Tom Stephenson, the role of historical movements such as Romanticism and modern psychogeography, and the exponential growth of walking tourism reflected by the growth of the YHA, themed walks and new “pilgrimages”. A fascinating cross section of information which will appeal to most walkers.
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