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  • Published: 11 April 2024
  • ISBN: 9781405951302
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400
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The Lost Paths

A History of How We Walk From Here To There




A journey across Britain's millennia-old network of pathways, revealing key moments throughout our history

Hundreds of thousands of miles of paths reach into, and connect, communities across England and Wales. More than just a practical way for us to walk, ride and cycle around, they are an inheritance from the past, revealing how our ancestors interacted with and shaped their landscapes. But thousands of miles are still missing from our maps.

Exploring the deep history of these pathways, Jack Cornish uncovers how this millennia-old network was created and has evolved - from prehistoric trackways to the modern creation of towns - reflecting the contours of the past and the changing fortunes of society.

  • Published: 11 April 2024
  • ISBN: 9781405951302
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400
Categories:

About the author

Jack Cornish

Jack Cornish is head of paths at the Ramblers, Britain's largest walking charity, with over 100,000 members.

In 2017, he walked across the country from Land's End to John O'Groats, and is ten years into a (probably futile) attempt to walk every street in London.
He lives in South East London. Twitter @cornish_jack

Praise for The Lost Paths

A rallying cry to reclaim lost routes and preserve this precious resource for future generations

Walk Magazine

A celebration of an ancient network and a rallying cry to reclaim what has been lost and preserve it for future generations

The Best of UK

Marvellous. Cornish is the ideal companion on the road: interested in everything, learned, acute, and a splendid story-teller

Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast

A nostalgic amble through the history of travel in England and Wales, and an examination of the routes that make up our modern path network. Jack Cornish interlaces titbits of travel, history, personal reflection and anecdote. His passion for walking, natural beauty and the abundant history of these old ways shines through. Cornish's motivation to protect heritage and relish our spectacular countryside is admirable

The Times

Cornish’s book delves back in history and is written with a sense of urgency. On each page you discover an enticing new vista

Mail on Sunday

[A] fascinating history of path-making and path-taking . . . our guide excels at historic story-telling . . . Cornish’s celebration of our grand wealth of history ways, and the different motivations for walking over the centuries, is a worthy clarion call for us to keep treading paths – so we don’t lose our way . . .

The Oldie

A lively account of millennia of movement, and a call to action to preserve an endangered heritage

Inkcap Journal