Nick Hunt will be talking about what it was like to walk 2500 miles from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul. The writer and journalist embarked on his fantastic journey after reading about Patrick Leigh Fermor’s same epic trudge in 1933.
Using Fermor’s books as his only travel guide, Hunt set out in 2011 to discover what remained of hospitality, freedom, wildness, adventure, the mysterious, the unknown and the deeper currents of myth and story that still flow beneath Europe’s surface.
The result was a book of his own. Walking the Woods and the Water is his account of that trek through Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey – and his thoughts on how much has changed in Europe, and how much has stayed the same.
An unmissable talk for those interested in slow travel and local encounters made possible by couch-surfing – making use of free accommodation in people’s homes – and for anyone who has fantasised, however briefly, of donning boots, turning away from home and putting one foot in front of another.
Tuesday, October 28. 10:30am. The Beacon, Wantage. Tickets: £6