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A faint red line on an antique map revealed the forgotten road, the ‘Old Way’, a route medieval pilgrims are thought to have travelled to reach the shrine of Thomas Becket. This remarkable rediscovery charts a winding journey linking prehistoric earthworks, abandoned monasteries, Saxon churches, ruined castles and historic seaports.
Gail Simmons recounts her experience of exploring the ‘Old Way’ through all four seasons to rediscover not only a lost history of knights, kings, peasants and pilgrims, but also the joy of walking and embracing the concept of pilgrimage in the modern day.
Gail Simmons is as a travel writer and journalist, who is also a lecturer in travel writing at Bath Spa University. Over 20 years, she has written for the UK and international press, and broadcast for BBC Radio 4. Her first book, The Country of Larks: A Chiltern Journey, was published in 2019.