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Julia Bradbury’s Wainwright Walks - Coast to Coast

ISBN: 978-0-7112-3380-5
Published by Frances Lincoln

Most readers will have seen or at least be aware of the BBC television series covering Julia Bradbury’s walk in AW’s footsteps on the Coast to Coast Walk.

This book is her description of that adventure, the places she visited, the people she met and her observations and thoughts as she progressed along the route. The book is divided into six sections, matching the television programmes rather than implying the walk can be done in that many days.

At the end of each section, Julia gives her ‘Tears and Triumphs’, with high-points such as ‘five wonderful chocolate bars I consumed to get me across the moors’, and low-points such as such as ‘realising Fryup Dale was not going to be serving up a sizzling bacon sarnie for elevenses’.

Rather like Julia’s socks during her walk to Richmond, the book is not dry but easy to read. It is lavishly illustrated by photographs taken during the walk and by a number of AW’s sketches taken from his guidebook.

David Johnson - Editor of Footsteps