Walking to Camelot: A Pilgrimage along the Macmillan Way through the Heart of Rural England Read Online Free - John Cherrington and his 74-year-old walking companion set out one fine morning in May to traverse the only English footpath that cuts south through the rural heart of the country, a formidable path called the Macmillan Way. Cherrington’s walking partner is Karl Yzerman, an irascible “bull of the woods,” a full 20 years his senior and the perfect foil to the wry and self-deprecating author. Their journey begins at Boston on the Wash and takes them through areas of outstanding beauty such as the Cotswolds, Somerset, and Dorset, all the way to Chesil Beach. Their ultimate destination is Cadbury Castle, a hill fort that many archeologists believe to be the location of King Arthur’s legendary center of operations in the late fifth century when he — or some other prominent British warrior chieftain — made his last stand against the Saxons. Along the way the unlikely duo experiences many adventures, including a serious crime scene, a bull attack, several ghosts, a brothel, and the English themselves. The historical merges with the magic of the footpath, with Cherrington making astute, often humorous observations on the social, cultural, and culinary mores of the English, all from a very North American perspective.
|Title||:||Walking to Camelot: A Pilgrimage along the Macmillan Way through the Heart of Rural England|
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August 17, 2016
How a book about a walk that spans almost 300 miles can feel so stationary is beyond me. But each time the author begins discussing the current historical background to wherever he is or whatever he's looking at, everything stops. It's like he's leading a tour group through the English countrysid...
August 21, 2017
Thoroughly enjoyable travel essay of walking the McMillan Way, a public English footpath that goes from the North Sea to the English Channel. Full of history, geology, village tales, and even a few ghosts. Armchair travel of the best kind! I love that it was written by an author local to me, it f...
October 24, 2016
As an English degree graduate, a walker in England, and the reader of literature, I don't know when I have enjoyed a book more; brilliantly written to combine a walking experience with history, poetry and prose.
January 11, 2018
John's writing style brought me into the voyage as if I was participating in the walk. His intercourse with Karl added a human flavour to the manuscript. The historical references and stories were very informative and added substance to the narrative.
January 21, 2018
Loved it. I soon found that I looked forward to my evening read, feeling like I was sharing anecdotes with an old friend. Learned a little along the way, too.
September 19, 2016
My bucket list is not long-- I'm not ambitious for adventure or experience in the wide world. But when I heard about this book, and the very fact that there are walking trails (sorry-- paths) all over England, I knew that this book, and indeed this adventure, should be on my list. I enjoy getting...
January 08, 2017
A very engaging travelogue of the Macmillan Way in England. The Canadian author is not nearly as humorous as Bill Bryson, he doesn't try to be. Interspersed all along the tale are rich historical details that show the long history of England and the towns on the trail. The author has tendency to...
September 02, 2016
I tried. I really did.
Why is it that when Americans write travel books, there is a sense of discovery and adventure, but when Canadians do, there is a certain smug superiority and disparagement towards the subject matter?
Perhaps the Americans who ARE travelling do so with a greater sense of adven...
January 31, 2017
I started reading this book in part because I had vaguely known the author at university, several decades ago, but also because I really enjoy books about travelling through unfamiliar places. And it was a wonderful journey--I loved this book and was sorry to see it end. The descriptions, the lit...
September 04, 2016
A fantastic read! If you're looking for a smart and witty book that not only entertains but teaches a history lesson, than this is the one! Having been to England many times myself as a born Canadian, I couldn't help but chuckle at a lot of the anecdotes and clever observations about the English...