Journey Through Britain

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Journey Through Britain By John Hillaby Journey Through Britain An account of an eleven hundred mile walk from Land s End to John O Groats by one of the world s greatest walkers

  • Title: Journey Through Britain
  • Author: John Hillaby
  • ISBN: 9780586080191
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • Journey Through Britain By John Hillaby An account of an eleven hundred mile walk from Land s End to John O Groats by one of the world s greatest walkers.
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    1. Lee on said:

      My absolute all time favourite book An account of a walk along the length of the mainland, told without pretension and with much warmth and humour Hillaby s walk books are all superb but for me this stands out as the best find yourself a copy and then lose yourself amongst Hillaby s tales of long trudges, cold nights and warm folk.

    2. Owen on said:

      This is the classic volume on the art of walking well, not really the art Hillaby thought it was a natural function For those who cannot remember the last time they walked to a corner store, the prospect of actually walking the length of Britain not one of the world s longer islands may be somewhat daunting So sit back and let Hillaby tell you what you are missing.I suppose if there is one thing to lament about North America, it s the culture of the automobile with its concomitant health situati [...]

    3. Simon on said:

      A first class walk through Britain from Cornwall to Caithness, through wild and tame, friendly and unfriendly, by a good man and a reliable guide Worth reading for the story, the adventure, the achievement, the revelations, the fact that is preserves the rural side of 1968 Britain in well chosen words and a whole host of other reasons.Read it It s good.

    4. ^ on said:

      Here is a traveller, a walker, who can really write Hillaby revels in the pleasure fear at times of journeying at a pace which enables him to observe the landscapes and communities which he travels through Unmatched by car, bus, train, or, nowadays, battery powered mobility scooter , walking or cycling requires the expenditure of human effort both in the planning and in event Walking has always enabled the explorer to reach landscapes and places both rare and ordinary, inaccessible to the physic [...]

    5. R. G. Nairam on said:

      I wish I was smart enough or chill enough to have enjoyed this, butt really.I think the main thing is that I m a pretty visual person and reading descriptions of landscapes is just not going to work very well for me Especially as I don t know the names of a lot of flowers and underbrush Sometimes I got a bit of an idea Some anecdotes were enjoyable and some of the history interesting It was pretty well written and quite possibly very informative for someone hoping to walk in Britain at least, to [...]

    6. Patricia Bracewell on said:

      Published in 1968, this book documents Hillaby s walk from Land s End in Cornwall to John O Groats in Scotland He was 50 years old when he did it, and it took him 55 days He avoided roads like the plague, sticking as much as he could to footpaths, drove roads and ancient byways That in itself made the book worth reading, and I m glad that I did.He is a good writer, but I wished for drama as I was reading I think he experienced drama, for sure, but he did not convey the emotional turmoil of the [...]

    7. Norman Hartley on said:

      A travel book I read and re read I bought my first serious pair of walking shoes after reading it when it was first published It opened my eyes to just how much you can see and appreciate on a simple walk There is no need to be a thirty mile a day athlete to enjoy it Hillaby shows how you can get pleasure from a simple ramble as well as a long distance hike Beautifully written, it blends natural observation, history, folklore, personal anecdote and illuminating portraits of ordinary people.

    8. Richard on said:

      I wanted to like this book as much as most of the other reviewers, but I found the author elusive Considering the amount of time he spent walking alone, he doesn t share as much about himself as I d expect He also spent a fair amount of time at pubs to refuel when he could, where he must have talked to people, yet most of them remain hidden or briefly noted Other reviewers have commented that he doesn t go into detail about how difficult this walk must have been He mentions broken toenails, diff [...]

    9. P.J. Sullivan on said:

      John Hillaby walked from the bottom of England to the top of Scotland, averaging twenty miles per day This book tells of his encounters with people along the way, with policemen and hostile dogs, with flora and fauna, with good and bad weather It is about blisters and lost toenails It is about suspicious locals and heart warming hospitality It is about deserted villages and getting lost in the sterilized grandeur of the dead vast Rich with social commentary, subtle humor, and interesting digress [...]

    10. Grim-Anal King on said:

      Hillaby s planning seems shambolic compared with contemporary long distance walkers but of course at this point it has all been done before we can read numerous books of this ilk and learn from the authors mistakes This does serve as an interesting guide to Britain in the sixties, presumably accurate than the usual swinging Londoncentric cliche It s a good tale although one wonders how much exaggeration is employed Did he really storm along at 4mph with tent and all

    11. Jill Hill on said:

      This is my favourite book It is the book I read in times of trouble, when I need inspiring, when I want to rediscover joy It s a deceptively simple narrative about a long distance walk from Land s End to John o Groats John Hillaby was a naturalist, a wonderfully knowledgeable observer with a wry sense of humour and an enthusiasm for life And he writes well.

    12. Martinxo on said:

      John Hillaby is one of my favourite travel writers, his prose is excellent and descriptions lean and entertaining This book is an account of his walk from Land s End to John O Groats in the early 70s.As a writer I really can t recommend him highly enough.

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