Outside's 'Bookman' goes Walkabout

Chris infront of the Major Oak at approx 4.30amChris Harle runs the massive Outside Book Department and is responsible for the steady increase in books that are becoming available on outside.co.uk.  Whilst fond of scanning the covers of books and putting them on the website he is also fond of taking very long walks that involve hardly stopping or resting.  He describes his latest such walk along the 'Robin Hood Way' below.

'For the last 5 years during March I get this strange urge to start walking and continue walking for about 24 hrs. Being early in the year it's a genuine test of fitness and resolve but the main issue is finding a walk that inspires and motivates me into action. This year the relatively obscure Robin Hood Way did just that. Starting at Nottingham Castle it meanders a circuitous route eventually finishing at Edwinstowe in the heart of Sherwood Forest. Using this as a basis I straightened it out to finish at Cresswell Crags, one of the oldest known inhabited places in Britain.

On the day I chose for this undertaking the forecast was favourable and a direct train from my home in Matlock to Nottingham allowed a midday start. The Robin Hood Way follows in the footsteps of the legendary outlaw and the highlight was passing the largest oak in England, the ghostly Major Oak, in the pre-dawn gloom.

I completed the 60.5 miles in 22hrs 45mins, stopping on 3 occasions to make a brew and at other times when legs and tiredness demanded. From Cresswell village I caught 2 buses back to Matlock via Chesterfield.'

Photo - Chris infront of the 'Major Oak' at 4.30am


Chirs Harle is the manager of the Outside Book Department in Hathersage.

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