I'm very excited to have finished my new book. My Animals and Other Family had such a good reception and I'm very grateful to all those who bought it, read it, shared it and enjoyed it. I've brought the story up to date, this time using walks around Britain and Ireland as my framework. It's called Walking Home: My Family and Other Rambles and I really hope you'll like it.
Growing up on a racing yard, I used to know the geography of the UK only by racecourses. A bit like my brother thought the seasons of the year were “Flat” and “National Hunt”, I regarded Newmarket as the capital of the world and Lambourn as a major centre of industry.
I never had time to walk, or to discover Britain. I was too busy rushing on to the next adventure, jumping the next fence.
Then, in 1999, I took a call out of the blue from a radio producer looking for a presenter for a new series.
‘Do you walk?’ she asked. ‘Well, I walk the dog…’ I replied.
That series, Ramblings, is still going strong – and I’ve caught the walking bug. Since then I’ve covered fifteen hundred miles of footpaths, from the Pennine Way to the South West Coastal Path. I’ve tackled apocalyptic thunderstorms, struggled with blisters and a twisted ankle, and seduced fans of ‘erotic radio’ by getting changed in a bus stop. I’ve walked with historians, geologists, twitchers, botanists and poets, who’ve told me things they never thought they would reveal.
Now I want my family to share some of that pleasure. My brother Andrew and I are determined to conquer the Wayfarer’s Walk, a route which runs past the family stables Kingsclere. What could possibly go wrong?Add a Comment