Bill Bryson walks The Ridgeway

Every summer Bill Bryson and a couple of his buddies walk a section of one of Britain’s long-distance paths, and this past June they invited John Flinn, travel editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and a friend of Bryson’s, to tag along.

It’s the type of walking Bryson likes, as he puts it: “It’s civilized and comfortable. The landscape is gentle, you can stop at a pub for lunch, and at the end of the day you can have a hot bath, a cold beer, a good meal and a soft bed. It’s wimpy walking, but I like it very much.”

This year they were walking part of the Ridgeway, an ancient footpath that wanders through the North Wessex Downs and Chiltern Hills for 87 miles.

For a fuller review of the memorable walk read John Flinn’s full humerous account of it at the San Francisco Chronicle website.

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