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.