Father, Son and the Pennine Way by Mark Richards

Published August 25, 2021

Father, Son and the Pennine Way by Mark Richards

Book info

  • Title Father, Son and the Pennine Way
  • Author Mark Richards
  • Year 2017
  • Genre Travel

In February 2016 I asked Alex, my youngest son, if he wanted to come for a walk with me. Why? Because I wanted a physical challenge before I was too old for a physical challenge – and I wanted some father/son time before Alex went to university and things were never quite the same again. But I wasn’t a walker: I was a writer: someone who spent his days slumped over a desk. The furthest I’d walked was four miles with the dog on a sunny day. So I had to get fit, I had to find out if I could walk 90 miles in 5 days – and I had to come face to face with the ghosts that had haunted me for ten years.


What I liked about this book was how natural and unassuming the writing is, it’s as if you’re sitting in the pub having a chat with the author, rather than reading the first in a series of books about his walks with his son. It’s breezy and startlingly honest in places, detailing the trip from inception to completion, and all the mis-steps along the way (getting lost, shouting at each other, coming to terms with one half being stronger than the other). A really good, relaxing book to read, and more to follow - I can’t wait to see what the pair get up to next.

Rating: 4 / 5

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