BOOKS, RA­DIO AND TV

Kate Hum­ble cel­e­brates the many pro­found im­pacts and joys of this sim­ple ac­tiv­ity

Countryfile Magazine - - Contents -

What to read and lis­ten to, from the joys of walk­ing to the story of the oak.

THINK­ING ON MY FEET KATE HUM­BLE, ASTER, £20 (HB)

“It is a won­der­ful feel­ing to be out in this cos­set­ing dark­ness. All my senses feel alive and alert. I don’t feel scared. Not a bit. I feel primeval, a crea­ture of the for­est. But I do slightly hope that Ludo has started to cook sup­per.”

Think­ing on My Feet – The Small Joy of Putting One Foot in Front of the Other de­scribes Kate’s walks taken daily over the course of a year. Be­ing a glo­be­trot­ting tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter, some of them are in ex­otic over­seas lo­ca­tions, oth­ers are around Bri­tain. But most are in the Wye Val­ley and its sur­round­ing land­scape, where she lives, and is ac­com­pa­nied, al­ways, by at least one dog.

It is a cosy, friendly book. Kate’s mes­sage is sim­ple: walk­ing is good for you – body, mind and soul. She pays trib­ute to other thinkers, sci­en­tists and walk­ers, and while there are no new in­sights, nei­ther is it chal­leng­ing; you feel safe from the out­set that noth­ing here will shake your world, or make you un­easy.

A glossy sump­tu­ous hard­back ap­pro­pri­ate to her fame, her prose, while not glit­ter­ing, is nev­er­the­less thought­ful and re­as­sur­ing; you can hear her voice as you would that of an old friend, and feel af­fec­tion for the book as if it had been writ­ten by one. Which in a way, it has. Julie Bro­minicks, walker and writer

To cel­e­brate 10 years of call­ing Wales home, Kate Hum­ble walked the length of the gor­geous Wye Val­ley in 2017

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