From the Cliffs of Cornwall to Kilimanjaro : The Trekker’s Tale

The idea of writing a book suddenly dawned on Eric Marks as he walked along the South West Coast Path from Minehead in Somerset to St Just in Cornwall. The experiences he’d had, the great seascapes he saw, and he people the met were a pageant for his senses and things were only just getting started. From the Cliffs of Cornwall to Kilimanjaro documents Eric’s incredible decision to walk 252 miles with his nephew along the South West Coast Path of Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall as part of their training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, later that same year. Was this a late-life crisis, or what? Sharing his memories and stories with the reader, we’re taken on his trek, from the comforting sights of home to the exotic landscapes of Africa and joining the thousands of people who every year volunteer to climb the tallest mountain in Africa. Unexpected situations, both home and away, including some near-death moments, slingshot the reader from highs to lows, but one thing is certain: it really is surprising what part serendipity plays when you are on the walking trail for several days at a time. An inspiration for other readers into their later life, Eric has proven that you’re only as old as you accept you are in a journey that is dynamic and demanding, satisfying yet humbling.