Man Verses Nature: Simon Armitage as a Wandering Bard

Walking Home: Travels with a Troubadour on the Pennine Way by Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage is fascinated by epic journeys. The prolific, 49-year-old English poet and author has published acclaimed translations of 14th century travel-adventure Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Homer's homeward-bound marathon, Odyssey, and presented several BBC travelogues. Two years ago, however, he realized that there was an epic trek in his own backyard.

Britain's 430-km Pennine Way, crossing some of the country's most windswept peaks, runs from just outside Armitage's Yorkshire home base up to Scotland. It's a physical test at the best of times, but Armitage (who has 15 poetry collections to...

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