Silver Travel Book Club - August 2020

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Silver Travel Book Club

Each month, we'll find out what Andrew is reading about a different destination, and two lucky Silver Travel Book Club readers can win a free copy of the month's book.

HF HolidaysThis month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by
HF Holidays – is reading Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure by Artemis Cooper.

Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) was a war hero whose exploits in Crete are legendary, and above all he is widely acclaimed as the greatest travel writer of our times, notably for his books about his walk across pre-war Europe, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water; he was a self-educated polymath, a lover of Greece and the best company in the world.

Artemis Cooper has drawn on years of interviews and conversations with Paddy and his closest friends as well as having complete access to his archives. Her beautifully crafted biography portrays a man of extraordinary gifts - no one wore their learning so playfully, nor inspired such passionate friendship.

As normal life edges closer, our sponsor HF Holidays has opened up more of its country houses in the most beautiful parts of the UK, and has restarted its much-loved guided walking holidays from 31 July.

Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland

HF Holidays – Guided Walking Holidays in the UK

Continuing our phased re-opening of UK country houses, HF Holidays are excited to be bringing back places to stay in Northumberland, the North York Moors, the Peak District, Exmoor and the South Downs from 31 July. From this time, we will also begin operating Guided Walking Holidays again at the 10 country houses in England that will be open. Although the number of people allowed to walk together will be limited and all walks will start from the houses to remove the need for shared transportation to trailheads, there will be a choice of daily walks for people of different abilities and experienced Leaders to navigate the routes as usual. Accommodation is full board and you will have access to all house facilities.

So enjoy a great adventure in the great outdoors and discover stunning walking locations. From the rolling North York Moors to the airy Northumberland coast and the rugged outcrops of the Peak District, there is something to suit everyone on a late summer or autumn escape.

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HF Holidays - Mam Tor, Peak District
HF Holidays - Alnmouth, Northumberland
HF Holidays - Dovedale, Peak District

Patrick Leigh Fermor: An AdventureHow to win a copy of 'Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure' by Artemis Cooper

Walking the 1,400 miles from Rotterdam to Istanbul like Patrick Leigh Fermor is not everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, most of us would probably rather have the tea accompanied by a soggy digestive, whilst sitting in a deckchair and reading a book. But if your legs never got tired and you could walk forever, where would you choose to explore? Would it be the Silk Road? The entire Camino de Santiago? Lands’ End to John O’Groats? We’d love to hear all about your own perfect adventure on two legs.

Simply add a comment at the end of this page to tell us about your dream walk. The two best entries will win a copy of this brilliant biography.

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  • discerning-traveller
    about 11 hours ago
    My dream walk would be exploring in depth all the islands of Scotland. Having fallen in love with Orkney and the Shetlands on a brief trip there I would love to immerse myself in the beauty. I'd love to visit the Hebridean Islands and walk until I'd explored every corner, taking time to just stop and soak it all in,
  • Hardyplant
    5 days ago
    My dream walk would be the Via Francigena from my home city of Canterbury to Rome. In medieval times it was an important pilgrimage culminating in visits to the tombs of the apostles St Peter and St Paul. I am not religious but the historical aspect of this walk interests me and if I had my time over again I would attempt this walk of 1180 miles. Apparently a reasonably fit person could do it in about 90 days but I would definitely take my time in order to properly explore the places en route - Reims, Champagne (oh yes), Lake Geneva, the Alps (ouch), Umbria, Tuscany - then Rome. I'd get my Pilgrims Passport from Canterbury Cathedral to enable me to stay in hostels and monasteries dedicted to pilgrims and set off towards Dover for the walk of a lifetime.