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Book Review – Walking Home, Clare Balding

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Introduction

In Clare Balding's family, walking just took too long - she galloped through the countryside and she galloped through life. There was certainly no time to get to know Britain beyond its racecourses.

Then, in 1999, Clare took a call out of the blue from a BBC producer looking for a presenter for a new radio series. 'Do you walk?' she asked. 'Well, I walk the dog . . .'

That series, Ramblings, is still going strong - and Clare's caught the walking bug. Since then she's covered fifteen hundred miles of footpaths, from the Pennine Way to the South West Coastal Path. She's tackled apocalyptic thunderstorms, struggled with blisters and a twisted ankle, and seduced fans of 'erotic radio' by getting changed in a bus stop. She's walked with historians, geologists, twitchers, botanists and poets, who've told her things they never thought they would reveal.

Now she wants her family to share some of that pleasure. Her and her brother Andrew are determined to conquer the Wayfarer's Walk, a route which runs past their family stables Kingsclere. What could possibly go wrong?

This is a story of paths and people, of discovering the glories of Britain and Ireland, and of (mis)adventures with the family. Along the way there are charming diversions and life-changing rambles, including her take on the 2012 Olympics. And, finally, this is Clare's story of Walking Home . . .

Introduction on Goodreads. 

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Julia's Review

What a wonderful, honest and downright amusing read. I loved it! 

This book is a real mix of walking stories, family and business. The walking element certainly inspired my own ideas for my walking club (such as walking backwards and doing a foraging Walk). I was also inspired to check out the Wayfarers Way and a few other National Trails that I’ve not yet walked. 

If you like sports of any kind then you will enjoy listening to Clare’s stories about the Olympics and even if you don’t enjoy sports that much then you are guaranteed a giggle or two with her wicked sense of humour. 

A great read! (Apart from the dog bit.. that made me cry!)