Le tour de France – on foot

Walking the Hexagon

Walking the Hexagon by Terry Cudbird

Terry Cudbird walked 6000km around the edge of France, the hexagon as it is known here. It’s a tremendous achievement: the cyclists in their tour manage a mere 3000-4000km.

The most difficult thing, he says, was neither the blisters nor the rain. It was writing about it afterwards. The result has just been published as Walking the Hexagon chez Signal Books (Oxford). It is available from booksellers (in a town near you, at least if you are in Britain), or on Amazon. I’ve ordered a copy.

Most important thing for him was meeting French people, many with an unusual outlook on life and interesting stories to tell: hermits, hippies, pilgrims, monks and farmers… Yes! That’s what makes long-distance walking interesting.

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