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Walking Home: My Family and Other Rambles

by Clare Balding


In Clare Balding's family, walking just took too long - she galloped through the countryside and she galloped through life. There was certainly no time to get to know Britain beyond its racecourses.

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  • Date of publication:
  • 26 March 2015
  • Publisher:
  • Penguin
  • ISBN:
  • 9780241959770

Then, in 1999, Clare took a call out of the blue from a BBC producer looking for a presenter for a new radio series. ‘Do you walk?’ she asked. ‘Well, I walk the dog . . .’

That series, ‘Ramblings’, is still going strong – and Clare’s caught the walking bug. Since then she’s covered fifteen hundred miles of footpaths, from the Pennine Way to the South West Coastal Path. She’s tackled apocalyptic thunderstorms, struggled with blisters and a twisted ankle, and seduced fans of ‘erotic radio’ by getting changed in a bus stop. She’s walked with historians, geologists, twitchers, botanists and poets, who’ve told her things they never thought they would reveal.

Now she wants her family to share some of that pleasure. Her and her brother Andrew are determined to conquer the Wayfarer’s Walk, a route which runs past their family stables Kingsclere. What could possibly go wrong?

This is a story of paths and people, of discovering the glories of Britain and Ireland, and of (mis)adventures with the family. Along the way there are charming diversions and life-changing rambles, including her take on the 2012 Olympics. And, finally, this is Clare’s story of Walking Home . . .