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archaeoroutes

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Book Recommendations
« on: 18:25:38, 07/04/20 »

I thought we could have a thread for recommending walking-related books (especially useful at the moment).


I'll kick off with The Ascent of Rum Doodle - an hilarious spoof Himalayan ascent.
There is actually now a real Mount Run Doodle - named by Antarctic scientists after the titular mountain in this book.
Walking routes visiting ancient sites in Britain's uplands: http://www.archaeoroutes.co.uk

richardh1905

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Re: Book Recommendations
« Reply #1 on: 18:55:33, 07/04/20 »
I'll see your Rum Doodle and I'll raise you 'Bothy Tales' by John D Burns - a hilarious look at bothies and those that visit them.
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gunwharfman

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« Reply #2 on: 19:55:17, 07/04/20 »
Robert Louise Stevenson 'Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes' a free download. He also wrote another one, a small boat trip down Belgium canals, sorry can't remember the title.

Slowcoach

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« Reply #3 on: 20:04:36, 07/04/20 »
The unexpected journey of Harold Fry.
It's all uphill from here.

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« Reply #4 on: 20:42:18, 07/04/20 »
Solvitur Ambulando

pauldawes

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« Reply #5 on: 20:53:35, 07/04/20 »
The unexpected journey of Harold Fry.


I think UK title is “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Howard Fry” by Rachel Joyce? I agree it’s a wonderful book

richardh1905

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« Reply #6 on: 20:57:49, 07/04/20 »
Bill Bryson - A walk in the woods


Great book. Shame about the film.

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I've read Clear Waters Rising a couple of times - not entirely to my taste, although must have been an incredible walk.
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pauldawes

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« Reply #7 on: 21:01:42, 07/04/20 »
Bill Bryson - A walk in the woods




Was that the one where he recounts the tale about the mother who covers her son’s hand with honey so the “cuddly” bear will lick it off?

Slowcoach

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« Reply #8 on: 21:55:56, 07/04/20 »

I think UK title is “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Howard Fry” by Rachel Joyce? I agree it’s a wonderful book


You are absolutely right.
It's all uphill from here.

Islandplodder

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« Reply #9 on: 21:57:23, 07/04/20 »
The first John Burns book, 'the last hillwalker is quite funny too. But my all time favourite is John Hillary's Walking through Britain.

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« Reply #10 on: 21:58:42, 07/04/20 »
That should be John Hillaby. Why do phones always think they know best?

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« Reply #11 on: 22:06:28, 07/04/20 »
As I walked out one Midsummer's morning - Laurie Lee.  Read it for the first time as a teenager at school for English Lit, have had a copy all through my adult life and still one of my favourite reads.  Have walked part of his journey, always promised myself when I retire I'll do as much of the walk as I can.  Keep meaning to pick up a copy of My Midsummer Morning by Alastair Humphreys, I'll maybe put it on my birthday wishlist :D
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« Reply #12 on: 22:24:43, 07/04/20 »
I'll see your Rum Doodle and I'll raise you 'Bothy Tales' by John D Burns - a hilarious look at bothies and those that visit them.
Love both these books and Walk in the Woods, definitely recommend all three.

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« Reply #13 on: 23:56:34, 07/04/20 »
For anyone remotely interested in maps, read "On the Map" by Simon Garfield. Unputdownable!

richardh1905

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« Reply #14 on: 09:18:44, 08/04/20 »
If you really want to get stuck in to something substantial to keep you going during lockdown, I recommend the collections of mountain travel books by HW Tilman and Eric Shipton - books that I keep returning to time and time again.
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