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The Golden Step: A Walk Through the Heart of Crete (Armchair Traveller)

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For Somerville this was a kind of pilgrimage, a journey unlike any he had undertaken in 20 years of travel-writing. It was an expedition where he traded the usual comforts and certainties for a real physical and mental challenge, with no mobile phone or other technological aids. The only plan for his journey was to begin in the East at Easter and finish at Whitsun in the extreme West, at the Monastery of the Golden Step, whose gold step, legend says, can only be seen by those who have purged themselves into purity. During his 300-mile walk, he tackled four mountain ranges, high slopes and the numerous gorges of the West. Speaking only basic Greek and trying to follow a poorly way-marked path, he had to rely on his own instincts when climbing mountain passes and crossing high plateaux, farming and shepherding country, where villages are scarce and each night's accommodation was uncertain. He saw a Crete few ever encounter.

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A travelogue of a 300-mile walk across Crete, tackling mountain ranges, high slopes and the numerous gorges of the West.

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The only plan for Christopher Somerville's walk across Crete was to begin in the East at Easter and finish on Pentecost in the extreme West, at the Monastery of the Golden Step. During the three hundred-mile walk he tackled four mountain ranges and the numerous gorges of the West. Speaking only basic Greek and following a poorly marked path, he relied on his instincts to guide him through shepherding country where villages are few and each night's accommodation uncertain. The result is a book that beautifully evokes a Crete few ever encounter; rugged, perilous, hospitable, and charming.

About the Author

Christopher Somerville is a writer, journalist and TV presenter. He was Walking Correspondent of The Daily Telegraph for 15 years. He is the author of Britain and Irelands Best Wild Places (Penguin), Coast (BBC Books), Somervilles 100 Best Walks (Armchair Traveller), Never Eat Shredded Wheat: The Geography Weve Lost and How to Find it Again (Hodder and Stoughton) and Walking in Ireland: 50 Walks Through the Heart and Soul of Ireland (Ebury).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781907973345
Author:
Somerville, Christopher
Publisher:
Haus Pub.
Author:
Boerner, Peter
Subject:
Europe - Greece
Subject:
Travel-Greece and Greek Isles
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
General Biography
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Haus Publishing - Life & Times
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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A travelogue of a 300-mile walk across Crete, tackling mountain ranges, high slopes and the numerous gorges of the West.
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The only plan for Christopher Somerville's walk across Crete was to begin in the East at Easter and finish on Pentecost in the extreme West, at the Monastery of the Golden Step. During the three hundred-mile walk he tackled four mountain ranges and the numerous gorges of the West. Speaking only basic Greek and following a poorly marked path, he relied on his instincts to guide him through shepherding country where villages are few and each night's accommodation uncertain. The result is a book that beautifully evokes a Crete few ever encounter; rugged, perilous, hospitable, and charming.

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