Well-known and rightly admired for her marathon solo bicycle journeys along the Himalayas, to Jerusalem and down the Nile, Bettina Selby decided, in the summer of 1988, to explore a country that was, on the face of it, all too familiar, yet turned out to be as beautiful, as exotic and as unexpected as anything she had come across in remoter places.
Riding her trusty eighteen-gear bicycle, Evans, and carrying with her a tent, a sleeping-bag and as little as she needed for the outdoor life, she left London in search of the continuing England that lies beyond the motorways, the suburbs and the great conurbations. Her outward journey took her through the Cotswolds, the Welsh Borders, Staffordshire and the Peak District: but the purpose of her journey was to explore the North - the country of St Cuthbert and Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and the Venerable Bede - and it was in the Lake District, along Hadrians Wall, in Lindisfarne and in Durham that she found the unchanging England of her memories: the England, too, of Sellafield and Teesside and a thousand exhaust fumes shimmering in the mountain air.
Entertaining, vividly written, wonderfully evocative of open-air adventure at its best, Riding North One Summer is also a perceptive and often sobering insight into English life today.
An evocation of open air adventure at its best.
This is a beautifully written book that will inspire all travellers - even the armchair variety
Mountain House Publishing was founded as a family firm in 1998 to exploit the overseas and other rights for the ten books by Bettina Selby. They tell the adventures she had in travelling through Asia, Africa and Europe alone and by bicycle. They give a picture of what life was like at a time when the lone traveller had no mobile phone, no GPS and no means of calling for help. These books give a fascinating view of a world which has now changed beyond recognition, and they have become valuable historical documents.