Cotswold Way one of the 'Great Walks of the World!

3rd June 2014

The Cotswold Way is to feature in a new book on the world's greatest walks...

Writing in 1921 John Drinkwater described the Cotswold country as “the most beautiful in England …” proclaiming, “there is no more tender or subtle landscape on earth.” The Cotswold Way National Trail wanders through some of the best of it as it follows the limestone escarpment called the Cotswold Edge from Chipping Campden to the magnificent city of Bath. Now you can read all about this superb long-distance footpath in the latest release by Canadian author D. Larraine Andrews entitled Great Walks of the World. An eclectic collection of 12 global walks and hikes across every continent but Antarctica, the book includes an in-depth chapter on the Cotswold Way National Trail.

Andrews makes no apologies for her obvious bias when it comes to the delights of walking in the English countryside. And the Cotswold Way rates close to the top of the list. Along with detailed maps, recommended reading and plenty of practical information on planning logistics, expect a visual and written feast of images and historical information to entertain you along the way.

Read the story behind the Way as you climb and descend the escarpment countless times, passing through ancient grasslands where sheep have grazed for centuries and woodland trails filled with a symphony of birdsong. Then judge for yourself if Drinkwater got it right. Once you have conquered the Way, there are plenty more walks to challenge the curious hiker, everything from one-day saunters to two-week odysseys. Follow ancient drover’s tracks and savour the prospect from the splendid ridges of the Clwydian Range on the Offa’s Dyke Path; retrace the steps of the Klondike Gold Rush stampeders as you scale the Golden Stairs of the Chilkoot Trail from Alaska to British Columbia; or catch the “Long Look” across El Despoblado as you stand at the South Rim of the Chisos Mountains in Texas. Learn about local fauna, regional food specialties and unique customs – like the sensuous rituals linked with mate tea in Patagonia or the grisly tradition of the Sourtoe Cocktail in Dawson City, Yukon.

Whether you decide to put boots to the trail and go see for yourself or read the stories from the comfort of your armchair, the choice is entirely yours.

Click here for further information and details of where you can buy your copy…

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