From the very centre of England - literally, as his village is furthest from the sea - he travels to its outermost edges. The Green Road into the Treesis a journey made rich by the characters he meets along the way. And the ways he takes are the old ways, the drover-paths and tracks, the paths and ditches half covered by bramble and tunnelled by alder, beech and oak: the trails that can still be traced by those who know where to look.
Just as in his acclaimed book about Peru, The White Rock, Hugh shows how older, half-forgotten cultures lie much closer to the surface than we may think. In recent years, archaeologists have uncovered remarkable findings about the Celts, Saxons and Vikings that have often yet to reach the wider public. Travelling along the Icknield Way, Hugh passes the great prehistoric monuments of Maiden Castle, Stonehenge and Avebury, before ending at the Wash near Seahenge.
By taking a 400 mile journey from coast to coast, through both the sacred and profane landscapes of ancient England, Hugh casts unexpected light - and humour - on the way we live now.
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An immensely enjoyable book: curious, articulate, intellectually playful and savagely candid - The Spectator
He records more than impressions: there are fascinating excursions into neglected areas of British history, and conversations with hippies, travellers and farmers, which makes Mr Thomson’s journey a joy to follow. - Country Life
An ideal companion – knowledgeable, but refreshingly unpretentious - Financial Times
The author travels from the centre of England to its outermost edges, taking in drover paths and old ways, showing how half-forgotten cultures lie much closer to the surface than we may think. - Saga Magazine
I would love to walk with Thomson - Financial Times
Gloriously unhurried…This is a book for climbing back into the landscape with and feeling safe and grounded: a perfect antidote to the rushing and anxiety ridden complications of modern life. 5 stars - BBC Country File magazine
He is an illuminating companion, his wide experience of the Inca heartlands a lens through which he deciphers Bronze Age Britain..... Frequently comic, his voice is original and engaging; proof that it is the walker, not the path, that counts. - Independent
A delightful ramble through 240 miles of countryside and a meditation on the deep history and the legends of England - Independent on Sunday
In previous books travel writer Hugh Thomson had written books about Peru, Mexico and the Himalayas. In The Green Road Into The Trees he turns his attention, and gift for observation and description, to the forgotten landscapes of England and its hidden history and cultures. - Choice Magazine
Thomson provides a solid sense of place and the reader gets to know the route and its distinctive features. - TLS
Hugh Thomson is the author of five previous travel books, the most recent of which, Tequila Oil: Getting Lost in Mexico, was serialised by BBC Radio 4. He has led many research expeditions to Peru and is a leading explorer of Inca settlements. He has also taken filming expeditions to Mount Kilimanjaro, Bhutan, Afghanistan and the Mexican Sierra Madre.
'Everywhere Thomson goes, he finds good tales to tell...' New York Times Book Review