A History of the World in 500 Walks

A History of the World in 500 Walks

16 December 2016

Price: £20

Author: Sarah Baxter

Publisher: Aurum Press

ISBN number: 978 1781316009

Everywhere we walk, someone has gone there before us. This book is a magical reminder of our tie with the earth and our ancestors. Walking allows us to travel back in time, to the fiery pre-historic era, to the dawn of civilisation, to gritty modern urbanism. There is a walk which brings each time alive.

We’re invited to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, walk in the shadow of giants as we marvel at the cammino dei Dinosauri, a five mile trail in Italy which follows a set of 200 million year old dinosaur footprints, and traverse one of the world’s most sacred summits at Mount Kailash in Tibet.

It also describes some walks closer to home, such as London’s Jubilee Walkway, the Rob Roy Way in south west Scotland and the stone circles in Avebury and Stonehenge.

Information on length and difficulty is clearly set out alongside top tips. Baxter writes beautifully, and really brings the trails alive. Combined with stunning photos you may want to hop on a plane straight away. A must have present for a keen walker, traveller or history buff, or if you’re thinking of exploring new terrain. Laura Burley