The only plan the acclaimed walking journalist Christopher Somerville had for his journey across Crete was to begin in the east at Easter and nish at Whitsun in the extreme west, at the Monastery of the Golden Step.
During his 300-mile walk, Somerville tackled four mountain ranges, high slopes and the numerous gorges of the west. Following a poorly waymarked path, he had to rely on his own instincts when climbing mountain passes, crossing high plateaux, and walking through shepherding country, where villages are scarce and each night’s accommodation uncertain. He saw a Crete few ever encounter.
CHRISTOPHER SOMERVILLE is a writer, journalist and TV presenter. He was Walking Correspondent of The Daily Telegraph for 15 years. He is the author of Britain and Ireland’s Best Wild Places (Penguin), Coast (BBC Books), Somerville’s 100 Best Walks (Armchair Traveller), Never Eat Shredded Wheat: The Geography We’ve Lost and How to Find it Again (Hodder & Stoughton) and Walking in Ireland: 50 Walks Through the Heart and Soul of Ireland (Ebury).
Also by this author, Greenwood Dark.
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