Robert Macfarlane's journeys along old ways take him from the paths outside his house to the Hebrides, to Palestine, and back again.
Erudite and wide-ranging, this is a book about pathways, but mostly the people who travel them. Devoting sections to each trip, MacFarlane joins others in their walks and examines in measured, flowing prose his companions’ motivations for walking these paths. The breadth of study here is breathtaking, the insights forceful – The Old Ways explores our relationship with the landscape around us in a way few books manage, encompassing the lives of poets and artists, an examination of the history and geography of his paths and autobiography, all held together by Macfarlane's poetic and striding voice. A beautifully constructed, beguiling book.