The Old Ways
A Journey on Foot
The final book in a timeless trilogy about landscape and the human heart
Robert Macfarlane sets off from his Cambridge home to travel the ancient tracks, holloways, drove-roads and sea paths that form part of a vast network of old routes criss-crossing the British landscape and its waters, and connecting them to the continents beyond. The result is an immersive, enthralling exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt ancient paths, of the stories our tracks tell, of pilgrimage and ritual, trespass and transgress, of songlines and their singers, of border-crossings and landscape portals, and of walking as a reconnoitre inwards.
'A naturalist who can unfurl a sentence with the breathless ease of a master angler, a writer whose ideas and reach far transcend the physical region he explores' The New York Times Book Review
Robert Macfarlane is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and the author of Mountains of the Mind and The Wild Places.