Published: 28/11/2014
ISBN: 9781784620547
eISBN: 9781784627171
Format: Paperback/eBook

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Russell George took very early retirement after working in the energy industry in senior finance roles for over thirty years. His solo walk from John O’ Groats to Land’s End was his first experience o... read more

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Footsteps in Summer
Diary of an epic walk of discovery across Britain
by Russell George

When early retirement beckons, Russell George decides to set off on a gruelling 950 mile solo charity walk along the length of Britain from John O’Groats to Land’s End, which is about 930 miles further than he’s ever walked before.

During his journey, he has to cope with an extended heat wave, loneliness, troublesome blisters, a roadside tumble and a succession of missing signposts and overgrown footpaths. He encounters a variety of incidents, including rescuing a set of keys from a departing train and finding his accommodation double-booked, but manages to maintain a sense of humour throughout. He even finds time to meet his namesake and to sample a few local beers, especially the ones with really obscure names.

But there’s a darker theme. Despite much of the journey passing through countryside, the rural idyll is disturbed as Russell gradually discovers that his entire route is dotted with the scenes of tragic historical events, including air and rail crashes, maritime and industrial tragedies, battles and wartime destruction, and natural catastrophes.

This is an amusing and enlightening tale of an arduous, but rewarding, journey through rural Britain during a glorious long, hot summer, depicting a slower pace of life, dramatic landscapes, an abundance of nature, and acts of kindness from complete strangers.

All of the author royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

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This book is a must read. I found this book interesting, informative and truly inspirational. The journey from John O'Groats to Land's End must have been extremely challenging but what an achievement all in aid of Cancer Research UK.

by Karen King

If you are interested in long-distance walking, this book is AN ABSOLUTE MUST! Superbly written, very informative, amusing, and we guarantee each page is a treat to read. A true inspiration, which will encourage others to do the walk - FANTASTIC!

by Chris+Jeff Cain


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