Wild Wales

I’ve read and re-read Wild Wales many times. It remains for me the most evocative travel book ever written, and brings us closer to the real George Borrow than any of his other works.511oFOKi1rL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_

Wild Wales gives a stunning picture of how Wales would have been in 1854, not just the topography but the industrial and social conditions. But it is the pen-portraits of the people Borrow meets that lifts this way above the average travel memoir.

Along the way we find out a great deal about Welsh poets, a considerable amount about the medieval history of Wales.

Fascinating that at the time Borrow walked through Wales there were swathes of the population who didn’t speak English. Happily, Borrow spoke sufficient Welsh to bring these folk to life as well.

All of George Borrow’s books are well worth reading – he’s the most unfairly neglected of Victorian writers.

I’ve often longed to walk every step of Borrow’s 1854 journey, but it’s hard to do. He mostly walked what are now main roads. Not much fun for the modern pedestrian, though he does climb away from the highways from time to time. Perhaps better to do the route by bike…

But read Wild Wales and you’ll be seeing the place as Borrow saw it, captured in time in the summer and autumn of 1854.

If you are interested in Borrow and his writing please do visit the George Borrow Society website. There’s lots of fascinating stuff there. You can find it at http://georgeborrow.org/home.html

I’ve also written a little and basic e-booklet on Borrow, just 99 pence/cents. You can order it for your Kindle at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Footloose-George-Borrow-John-Bainbridge-ebook/dp/B00EPH9YD8/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Footloose+with+George+Borrow&qid=1569766091&s=books&sr=1-1





Published by John Bainbridge

Rambler, hillwalker, stravaiger and trespasser, access campaigner. Novelist writing historical and period crime fiction.

5 thoughts on “Wild Wales

  1. Ah, this is the Wild Wales that we’ve been talking about! Thanks for featuring this great-sounding work, John. It’s nice to know a bit more about it, and it’s firmly rooted on my list now. I wonder why he’s so neglected? It’s a shame as his work seems required reading both then and now for folk interested in Welsh history. Glad to see you’ve done your bit to revive his reputation. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Memorial benches & the stories of the people they commemorate

A tribute to the people remembered by memorial benches

The Wee Writing Lassie

The Musings of a Writer / Freelance Editor in Training


John Manley's books-and beyond


my experience of a basic web course

Short Walks & Long Paths

Wandering and exploring The Pembrokeshire & Wales Coast Paths

Over the hill - on Dartmoor & in Lakeland.

My life and (good) times on fells and moors.

The Killing Times

Dissecting the best crime drama on television and radio from around the world

Exploring the Landscape

A blog about getting outside

Stories by Patricia Furstenberg

Find Your Next Best Read ~ 'For what is wind, but the amassed power of words long ago uttered?'

Walk the Old Ways

Rambling Journeys in Britain with John Bainbridge. Fighting for the Right to Roam. Campaigning to Protect Our Countryside.


History, Decorative Arts, Buildings

Norfolk Tales, Myths & More!

Stories From Norfolk and Beyond - Be They Past, Present, Fact, Fiction, Mythological, Legend or Folklore.

Blaggers' Blog

Adventures from Dartmoor and beyond

Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire's Moors

Campaigning to end grouse shooting on Yorkshire's moors.

sunshine and celandines

These are a few of my favourite things.

Lakeland Walking Tales

Walks, stories and musings from the Lake District Fells

Daniel Greenwood

Unlocking landscapes

Stonehenge Stone Circle News and Information

Stonehenge Visitors Guide www.Stonehenge.News

Know Your London

A good place to find out about the history of Inner London. There’s no fake-history on this Website.

a new nature blog

I write about politics, nature + the environment. Some posts are serious, some not. These are my views, I don't do any promotional stuff and these views are not being expressed for anyone who employs me.

Mick Canning

My Writings

Pam Lecky

Historical Fiction Author

A Suffolk Lane

A diary of my life in rural north Suffolk.


Campaigning for open spaces

Friends of the Ullswater Way Blog

Celebrating Our Heritage


Just another WordPress.com site

Pathways to the Past

Exploring the legacy of Ethelburga - a community project focused on the Anglo-Saxon heritage of Lyminge, a village in the Elham Valley in East Kent.

Geraldine Evans's Books

Mystery Without Gore...Bio Historical with Love

Sophie Neville

Writer and Producer

Bee in the Moment

Taking time to notice nature.

The Journal Of Antiquities

Ancient Sites In Great Britain & Southern Ireland

John D Burns

Mountaineer, Storyteller and writer.

Musings on Life & Experience

Poetry, Fiction, & Non-Fiction Writings

A Literary Bent

All about books, the people who write them, sell them and read them...reviews and news, travel and photography.


Historical novels, films and TV programmes


When out walking a new route, I often think about how, when I have completed the walk, I should look up and find out more information about some of the places I have seen. This does not actually happen as often as it should. Hopefully, this site will go some way to redressing this.

Path Watch

Someone's got to do it.

Ratmobile Adventures

Family adventures around Britain in a small car

Welcome to the Beautiful North

Whimsical musings on my travels around the north of England and beyond


The short-distance approach to walking a long-distance footpath.

Zombie Salmon (the Horror Continues)

A blog about Horror fiction, Horror writing, and Horror criticism...a continuation of The Horror at Open Salon

The Dorset Rambler

Exploring the countryside and lanes of Dorset


A photographic record of walks on Dartmoor and the surrounding areas

%d bloggers like this: