Walking to Camelot
A Pilgrimage through the Heart of Rural England
“You won’t want to miss a step of his journey!”
—Rick Antonson, author of Full Moon Over Noah’s Ark: An Odyssey to Mount Ararat and Beyond
At fifty-four, John Cherrington, a less-than-active solicitor from BC’s Fraser Valley, wanted a challenge; his companion, Karl, twenty years older, wanted to prove he was still tough enough to complete a long-distance walk. So the pair set to walk the historic Macmillan Way, a three-hundred-mile romp that took them from the fenlands by the North Sea, on through the enchanting honey-coloured Cotswolds, into Somerset with its legendary Castle Camelot, finally to emerge at Chesil Beach on the English Channel. As Cherrington recounts in this charming tale, he and Karl cannot walk two miles without stumbling into some cultural or historical artifact, landmark, or memorial, not to mention the blisters, bulls, and English rain—all part of the joie de vivre of long-distance walking through the heart of the English countryside.
“Walking to Camelot is a work of art – a richly varied verbal tapestry making intriguing patterns out of many brilliant narrative threads.”—The Ormsby Review
“Cherrington roves as lovingly with language as he does over the countryside.”—Rick Antonson, author of Full Moon Over Noah’s Ark: An Odyssey to Mount Ararat and Beyond
“Studded with entertaining literary references… Walking to Camelot is an ode to villages and the footpaths connecting them. It is universal in its appeal to the philosopher-rambler while remaining true to eccentricities that could only be English: the bestiary in the hedgerows, the rustics, the food, and curious traditions such as the ‘right to walk’ through properties both public and private.” —Michael Kluckner, author of Toshiko and Vanishing British Columbia