path across landscape with finger post

Walking Home

Simon Armitage

In summer 2010 Simon Armitage decided to walk the Pennine Way. The challenging 256-mile route is usually approached from south to north, from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm, the other side of the Scottish border. He resolved to tackle it the other way round: through beautiful and bleak terrain, across lonely fells and into the howling wind, he would be walking home, towards the Yorkshire village where he was born. Travelling as a 'modern troubadour' without a penny in his pocket, he stopped along the way to give poetry readings in village halls, churches, pubs and living rooms. His audiences varied from the passionate to the indifferent, and his readings were accompanied by the clacking of pool balls, the drumming of rain and the bleating of sheep.
Genre
MemoirTravel
Publishing Details:
Faber & Faber, 2013
ISBN:
978-0571249893

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  • I loved this book. I could imagine plodding across the moors with Simon, feeling cold and anxious about the distance and getting lost. He captures that "difficult" walk experience well. But it is also full of humour and warm descriptions of people he meets on the way and their generosity.I will read this again.

    By Jane 5 out of 5

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