Robert Macfarlane: The Old Ways

Britain is criss-crossed by a network of ancient pathways – drovers' roads, ridgeways, green lanes and holloways – that have, from ancient times, been used for trade, for migration, for transhumance and now, increasingly, for recreation. In The Old Ways, Robert Macfarlane sets out from his Cambridgeshire home to walk this network of ancient pathways, and meets the visionaries, artists, poets and eccentrics who, like him, believe that landscape can be one way of understanding oneself. Robert, perhaps the most accomplished exponent of the ‘New Nature Writing’, was at the shop to describe his journeys, and to discuss what they can tell us about our nation, its history, present and people.