Walking to Camelot
A Pilgrimage through the Heart of Rural England
Figure 1 Publishing
7.84 x 8.44 · 272 pages
CDN $22.95 · pb
John Cherrington and his seventy-four year old walking companion set out one fine morning in May to traverse the only English footpath that cuts south through the rural heart of the country, a formidable path called the Macmillan Way. Cherringtons walking partner is Karl Yzerman, an irascible bull of the woods, a full twenty years his senior and the perfect foil to the wry and self-deprecating author. Their journey begins at Boston on the Wash and takes them through areas of outstanding beauty such as the Cotswolds, Somerset, and Dorset, all the way to Chesil Beach. Their ultimate destination is Cadbury Castle, a hillfort that many archeologists believe to be the likely location of King Arthurs legendary centre of operations in the late 5th century when heor some other prominent British warrior chieftainmade his last stand against the Saxons. Along the way the unlikely duo experiences many adventures, including a serious crime scene, a bull attack, several ghosts, a brothel, and the English themselves. On virtually every page of the book the historical merges with the magic of the footpath, with Cherrington making astute, often humorous observations on the social, cultural and culinary mores of the English, all from a very North American perspective.
John Cherrington is a country lawyer and the author of three works of historical non-fiction, including Vancouver at Dawn which was awarded runner-up for the City of Vancouver Book Prize. An avid hiker, he has regularly travelled to England over the past three decades to walk its many footpaths, making careful observations of the rural life, flora and fauna along the way. He has done extensive work in heritage preservation and was awarded the 125th Anniversary Governor-Generals Medal for significant contribution to community and country. He lives with his wife, Dee, and they divide their time between their home in British Columbias Fraser Valley and their cottage on Pender Island.