Walking to Camelot

Walking to Camelot

A Pilgrimage Through the Heart of Rural England

Book - 2016
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"John Cherrington and his seventy-four 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 twenty 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 hillfort that many archeologists believe to be the likely location of King Arthur's legendary centre of operations in the late 5th 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. On virtually every page of the book 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."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC :, Figure.1,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781927958629
Branch Call Number: ANF 914.20486 CHE
Characteristics: xxi, 328 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Mar 09, 2018

Interesting narration. Having been to England, traveling by road in a convoy, stopping at secluded rest stops (we were transporting competition horses) I was able to imagine some of these idyllic locales. I didn't finish the book though, as I found the pace much like that of the real thing.

Nov 08, 2016

Not at all disappointed in this walking travelogue; stirred me to consider (and reject!) doing it myself; some of the best of walking is the journey, the surroundings, the people, all of which can be the most trying.

Sep 06, 2016

Disappointed with this book that held so much promise. In attempting to be endearing the characters come across with a smug mixture of arrogance and superiority. A shame.

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