Walking the Woods and the Water: In the Footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor from the Hook of Holland to the Golden Horn

In 2010 Nick Hunt set out on an epic walk in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor, across the whole European continent ‘from the Hook of Holland to the Golden Horn’ relying, like his hero, on the hospitality of strangers and using Patrick Leigh Fermor’s writings as his only guide. 'The simplicity of walking', he writes, 'the essential humanness of putting one foot in front of the other – made a deep kind of sense. The more I thought about takinf that first step, and following it with another, and another, the more fundamental it felt. What better way to know Europe than to expose myself to it completely, to be aware of each splatter of rain, each stone beneath my feet? How betterto understand the processes of loss and change than to travel in the shadow of Paddy's words? Above all, what better way to have an old-fashioned adventure?'

Nick Hunt is a writer and journalist. His articles have appeared in The Economist, The Guardian, New Internationalist, Resurgence, Geographical, World Conservation and other publications. He recorded Journey of a Lifetime, a documentary on Indian migrant workers, for BBC Radio 4.

His first book Walking the Woods and the Water: In the Footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor from the Hook of Holland to the Golden Horn will be published ...

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