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The Country of Larks


The Country of Larks
The Country of Larks

Overhead there was a wonderful carolling of larks which seemed to follow me as I went. Indeed, they began to form so integral a part of my conception of the country, that I could have baptized it ‘The Country of Larks’.

In the autumn of 1874, author Robert Louis Stevenson set out on a three-day journey across the gently rolling Chiltern Hills. Almost 150 years later, spurred by the looming construction of the HS2 railway, Gail Simmons takes to the highways and byways of her childhood to follow in his footsteps. Combining an account of her walk through beech woods, farmland and villages dating back to the Domesday Book with impassioned interviews and personal memories, she peels back the layers of history, recording forever a world destined for change.

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To hear a skylark?: An extract from The Country of Larks

Join Gail Simmons on the last leg of her walk to Tring, as she searches for the elusive call of the skylark.

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The eye of the storm: an extract from The Country of Larks

Gail Simmons laments the impact the maelstrom of HS2 will have on the Chilterns AONB.

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A most pleasant country: an extract from The Country of Larks

Join Gail Simmons as she follows in the footsteps of Stevenson, exploring the lanes that lead to the chalky uplands of the Chilterns.

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