5 Best Walking Books That Should Be on Your Reading List


Whether you are a walking enthusiast or thinking of getting into walking for leisure or fitness, here are some of the best reads that will inspire you to head out for your own adventures on foot.

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee
Highlights: British poet Laurie Lee’s memoir tells of her journeys on foot from Gloucestershire to London to Spain. A beautiful tale of optimism and the things that happen along the way when one takes the steps into the unknown on foot.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
Highlights: The Appalachian Trail is one of the best known trails in the world that boasts of gorgeous nature scenery. In this book, Bill Bryson takes you to an armchair hike that will make you want to head outdoors and take that trek for real.

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery
Highlights: “I said I’ll do it, and I’ve done it.” Back when ultra-light hiking was not a thing, Grandma Gatewood trail-blazed her way by walking 800 miles along the majestic Appalachian Trail. She set off on her walk with a change of clothes and less than $200.

Of Walking In Ice by Werner Herzog
Highlights: This book tells a poignant tale of Filmmaker Werner Herzog’s winter walk from Munich to Paris. His experiences through this harsh journey on foot evoke vivid images and feelings of taking a hike alone surrounded by beauty and the hardships that come with winter landscape.

The Man Who Walked Through Time: The Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon by Colin Fletcher
Highlights: The Man Who Walked Through Time is an impressive tale of the first man to have ever hiked through the Grand Canyon.