Recommended by Simon:
Another non fiction book in which Macfarlane travels the country exploring old paths and tracks. He gives fascinating accounts of the history of the tracks, and also very evocative descriptions of the varying landscapes he encounters along the way.
Of particular interest is his description of The Broomway which connects the Essex coast to the island of Foulness. This ancient track was, for hundreds of years the only pedestrian route onto Foulness. It is only accessible at pretty much low tide, and is therefore highly dangerous, having claimed scores of lives over the years!
A really interesting book, which really made me feel that I should get my walking boots on and head off!
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERSHORTLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZEThe original bestseller from the beloved author of UNDERLAND, LANDMARKS and THE LOST WORDS - Robert Macfarlane travels Britain's ancient paths and discovers the secrets of our beautiful, underappreciated landscape'The Old Ways confirms Macfarlane's reputation as one of the most eloquent and observant of contemporary writers about nature' Scotland on SundayFollowing the tracks, holloways, drove-roads and sea paths that form part of a vast ancient network of routes criss-crossing the British Isles and beyond, Robert Macfarlane discovers a lost world - a landscape of the feet and the mind, of pilgrimage and ritual, of stories and ghosts; above all of the places and journeys which inspire and inhabit our imaginations. 'Sublime... It sets the imagination tingling, laying an irresistible trail for readers to follow' Sunday Times'Read this and it will be impossible to take an unremarkable walk again' Metro'He has a rare physical intelligence and affords total immersion in place, elements and the passage of time: wonderful' Antony Gormley
Author:Macfarlane, Robert, Format: Paperback, Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd, Series: N/A, Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd, Published: 30/05/2013, Pagination: 448 pages, Classification: Lifestyle, sport & leisure, Country of Publication: United Kingdom