Hay Festival March Book of the Month
A meditation on walking and writing, The Old Ways is a genre-defining journey.
Robert Macfarlane blends natural history with travel writing, tracing ancient paths, evoking the beauty of a beautiful, underappreciated landscape. Following the tracks, holloways, drove-roads and sea paths that form part of a vast ancient network of routes criss-crossing the British Isles and beyond, he discovers a lost world.
Loaded with characters who step out and join your journey through ancient lands, The Old Ways puts aside the notion that walking and writing are solitary acts. Companions, messengers, ghosts stalk the pages. Essential reading for a time when our connection to the land beneath our feet feels frayed.