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The Lost Paths: A History of How We Walk From Here To There


Discover the rich history of Britain's millennia-old network of pathways, and it will be impossible to take an unremarkable walk again . . .


Hundreds of thousands of miles of paths reach into – and connect – communities across England and Wales. More than just a practical way for us to walk, ride and cycle, they are an inheritance from our past, revealing how our ancestors interacted with and shaped their surroundings.

But thousands of miles are still missing from our maps, and they will be lost forever unless they are urgently reclaimed. Fighting for these paths’ survival through his work with the Ramblers Association, Jack Cornish has spent years walking and recording these forgotten routes.

The Lost Paths is a history of the people who have used, and in some cases created, these walkways:

  • The drovers who herded their sheep and cattle to market
  • The wanderers who travelled between workhouses, seeking shelter and subsistence
  • The miners who ventured deep underground along the Cornish coast
  • The wartime heroes who built up Britain’s defensive infrastructure


This is a celebration of an ancient network and a rallying cry to reclaim what has been lost and preserve it for future generations.


'Marvellous. Cornish is the ideal companion on the road: interested in everything, learned, acute, and a splendid story-teller.' Charles Foster


Published April 2024

Hardback 400 pages | 222 x 144 mm

Penguin Books Ltd

Book - The Lost Paths - Jack Cornish

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