Walking the Woods and the Water

In 1933, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out in a pair of hobnailed boots to chance and charm his way across Europe, 'like a tramp, a pilgrim or a wandering scholar', from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul. Seventy–eight years later, I followed in his footsteps. Walking the Woods and the Water (Nicholas Brealey, 2014) recounts a seven–month walk through Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey on a quest to discover what remains of hospitality, kindness to strangers, freedom, wildness, adventure and the deeper currents of myth and story that still flow beneath Europe's surface.

Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2015

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About me

I'm a writer and storyteller. Walking the Woods and the Water is my first book. My second, Where the Wild Winds Are, tells the story of four walks following Europe's winds to discover how they affect landscapes, peoples and cultures – it will be published by Nicholas Brealey in September 2017.

My articles have appeared in The Economist, The Guardian, New Internationalist, Resurgence, World Conservation and other publications. I made this documentary on Indian migrant workers in Dubai for BBC Radio 4.

I work as an editor for the Dark Mountain Project.

Contact me at scrutiny@gmail.com

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