I love to walk, whatever the weather and wherever I am, so Kate Humble’s book has been a joy to read. Unfortunately, the day I started to read it, I broke my wrist and hurt my hip, so my walking days are on hold, but I have been able to look forward to getting back out there, inspired by Kate and her expeditions.
‘The small joy of putting one foot in front of the other’, the book’s subtitle, perfectly sums it up.
Written in the form of a journal, the book takes us through the four seasons in the company of Kate, her dogs and her friends as she visits other countries and walks in unfamiliar sandy, chilly and remote places.
I loved reading about her Arctic expedition and her randonnee nocturne (night walk) in France but the best parts for me are in Kate’s beloved Wye Valley near her Welsh border home. Walking familiar routes year round gives one a real eye for detail and the changing seasons and the descriptions of the weather, wildlife and people are lyrical.
There are pertinent quotations from Dylan Thomas and Kenneth Grahame and uplifting stories of walks undertaken by friends to raise money and recover health.
Kate sees that walking alone helps us to think and solve problems by just going with the flow. I couldn’t agree more!
Dorothy Anderson 5/5
Thinking on My Feet by Kate Humble
Aster 9781783253159 pbk May 2019