The Bridleway: How Horses Shaped the British Landscape – WINNER OF THE ELWYN HARTLEY-EDWARDS AWARD (Hardback)
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The Bridleway: How Horses Shaped the British Landscape – WINNER OF THE ELWYN HARTLEY-EDWARDS AWARD (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages
Published: 08/06/2023
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Tiffany Francis-Baker explores how the relationship between humans and horses has shaped the British landscape, how horses have captured our wild imaginations, and how this connection has evolved and become part of our nation's ecosystems.

Many of us enjoy walking on a bridleway. These ancient networks are familiar to walkers and riders and crisscross the British countryside, but we rarely stop to think about how these old routes came to be.

In The Bridleway, Tiffany Francis-Baker examines our relationship with horses and ponders how they have become part of our nation's ecosystems. From atop her horse, Tiffany discovers how horses are woven into the fabric of British culture, from street and pub names to trading routes and coaching inns. As she investigates how horses have shaped British landscapes, she offers a glimpse into the intriguing history of the bridleway. Along the way, Tiffany visits a horse fair and learns about Traveller communities. She explores the role of equestrian sport and inclusivity, sees rewilding in action on the Knepp Estate in Sussex and undertakes detective work to uncover ancient bridleways lost to time and meet the closest living ancestors of the truly wild horse.

Part-domesticated and part-fiercely independent, horses can teach us a lot about our landscape and help us understand nature and our place within it. Except for the dogs and cats we choose to share our homes with, we have allowed horses far deeper into our society than any other animal. And as Tiffany investigates why horses have captured Britons' attention, she reveals how deeply rooted they have been in our culture for thousands of years.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781399403184
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

[Francis-Baker’s] ability to closely observe nature in all its beauty makes this book a delight for horse-lovers and non-equestrians alike … A fascinating journey through the world of horses and our enduring relationship with them. - Helen Moat, BBC Countryfile

Rather like a gentle summer’s hack, The Bridleway is an enjoyable meander through the British countryside over the centuries. Excellent research and lyrical nature-writing. - Horse & Hound

Her illustrations are captivating, and so is her writing. - Marcus Tanner, The Tablet

The charm of her book lies in wayside details. - Susanna Forrest, The Spectator

A eulogy to the relationship between human and horse, and what we can learn from it … [Tiffany Francis-Baker] evokes the sights and sounds of the countryside beautifully. - Elinor Goodman, The Oldie

Tiffany Francis-Baker offers a new perspective on bridleways and how they have shaped the countryside around us. - Horse & Rider

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