A stirring and thoughtful exploration of the landscape by a masterly writer whose previous book, Wild Places, quickly became a classic. The Old Ways – A Journey on Foot is told in Macfarlane’s distinctive and celebrated voice. Folding together natural history, cartography, geology, archaeology and literature, Macfarlane explores the chalk downs of England, the bird-islands of the Scottish northwest, the disputed territories of Palestine, the sacred landscapes of Spain, and the Himalayas. The Old Ways is about how paths and tracks of all kinds have had an influence well beyond their immediate function of getting people from A to B. This will be a highly memorable occasion with a tremendously engaging speaker.