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Who discovered Britain?

Our isles are an extraordinarily diverse and interesting collection of landscapes that have always invited exploration. But it wasn't until the Middle Ages that written travel narratives provided a record of the exploration of Britain.

In Great British Journeys, walker and TV presenter Nicholas Crane follows in the footsteps of eight travellers as they journey the length and breadth of the country, revealing the many treasures Britain has to offer. From H.V. Morton's bull-nosed Morris adventure, and Celia Fiennes' tour on horseback, to William Gilpin's river voyage and Daniel Defoe's unparalleled survey of the land, Nicholas Crane rediscovers them all.

The eight people covered in this book are (with dates of journeys and subtitles):

  • Gerald of Wales (1188)
A crusader in Wales
  • John Leland (1536-1545)
The madness of maps
  • Celia Fiennes (1698)
On horseback through England
The secret tourist
  • William Gilpin (1770)
One man in a boat
  • Thomas Pennant (1772)
Highlands and Islands
  • William Cobbett (1822-1826)
Champion of the countryside
  • H.V. Morton (1929-1933)
By Bullnose to Skye

Reader's Reviews


This is an excellent travel/geography book, which I found very interesting. It was very informative, and I learned quite a lot from it as well... history and geography!


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Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 14+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 13+

Written for adults. Clean.

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Twentieth-Century Britain