Walk With The Author & Pub Lunch
£29 – £50
Join us on stunning Chilterns countryside walk led by travel writer Gail Simmons, who has published her first book entitled The Country of Larks. Starting in Great Missenden, the walk will take you to Wendover where you’ll enjoy a two course lunch at the Red Lion pub which is included in the price of your ticket along with a signed copy of the book. The walk will also be attended by Keith Hoffmeister a contributor to Gail’s book and one or our own HS2 experts.
About the Book
In autumn 1874, the author Robert Louis Stevenson set out on a three-day journey across the gently rolling Chiltern Hills. Almost 150 years later, spurred by the looming construction of the HS2 railway, travel writer Gail Simmons took to the lanes and footpaths of her childhood to follow in his footsteps. Combining her walk through beech woods, farmland and villages dating back to the Domesday Book with impassioned interviews and personal memories, she peels back the layers of history, recording forever a world destined for change.
In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson and the Footprint of HS2
Beginning in the historic town of Great Missenden we gently climb though meadow and ancient woodland towards South Heath, crossing the proposed route of HS2. Reaching the village we walk along historic Potter Row, then along Kings Lane with lovely views down over the Misbourne Valley, which has not changed for centuries and where HS2 is due to pass. We then descend through beech woodland towards Wendover, following the ancient Ridgeway path, and end our walk at the Red Lion hotel where Robert Louis Stevenson stayed in 1874.
After lunch, participants will need to catch the train back from Wendover to Great Missenden. Trains depart approximately every half an hour and take only six minutes.
Walk distance: 8km/5 miles. Terrain: footpaths through meadows and woodland (the latter with some uneven surfaces), and along (mostly) quiet lanes. Walking boots are recommended. Start time: 10.00am. Duration: 2½-3 hours. Mainly easy, with one ascent and descent.
About the Author
After a peripatetic army childhood, Gail Simmons settled with her family in a Chiltern village. Like most eighteen year olds, she couldn’t wait to leave home and spread her wings. Decades later – having lived in a Cumbrian castle, listed historic buildings in Warwickshire, led walking groups in Italy and the Middle East and written for national newspapers – she returned to rediscover the landscape of her youth. Now that the Chilterns are threatened by HS2, she realises how important these modest hills are to her. Gail holds an MA in medieval history and a PhD in creative writing, and teaches travel writing at Bath Spa and Cambridge universities.
You have the option to purchase either individual tickets or couples/pairs tickets where only one book is required.