Wanderlust Magazine’s April edtion is available now featuring a fabulous interview with our favourite rambling man, Mr. Stuart Maconie. The writer behind new release, Never Mind the Quantocks, talks about the book and how country walking has been such a strong part of his life.
Speaking with Tom Hawker, Stuart Maconie explains how he first caught the walking bug:
I grew up in the North West, so I’d always gone to the Lake District with mates, fishing, drinking beer and camping. Then one day my wife told me that she’d like to go to the Lake District. I blindly replied that I knew the Lake District like the back of my hand.
But when we got there, she asked me the name of a mountain and I had no idea. I realised that I knew the pubs but I’d never lifted my hind up to the hillside. So we bought some cheap gear from Grasmere post office and pootled to Helvellyn.
When we got to the top I looked through the Wainwright viewfinder and it was a completely different world up there – something that most people never got a chance to see.
And then I just got that buzz – “Where could this all go?”
In Never Mind the Quantocks , a collection of 50 articles from his Country Walking Magazine column, Stuart Maconie tells us of the hills and Fells, lakes and livestock that he has encountered since he began his journeys more than 20 years ago.