Walking Away, by Simon Armitage (Faber 2015)

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The follow up to the award-winning Yorkshire poet's 'Walking Home' about his walk on the Pennine Way, this amusing travel narrative relates his walk on the South West Coastal Path starting in Somerset and ending on the Isles of Scilly off Land's End. The walk passes through Devon and Cornwall: Poldark and Rick Stein territory. It's a notoriously challenging walk along the wild and isolated coast, and Armitage again adopts the nature of a troubadour, giving readings in exchange for food and accommodation. It's a charming and reflective personal odyssey, landscape and characters are evocatively described with warmth and humour.
He says there won't be any more long walks, but I hope there'll be more non-fiction from this lovely writer.