Hugh Thomson

Hugh Thomson

One Man and His Mule

Inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s Travels with a Donkey Hugh Thomson takes his stubborn,  cantankerous but trusty mule Jethro across England from the Yorkshire Moors to the Lake District, using old drovers’ roads and mule tracks. For centuries, mules were used to transport goods across Britain. Hugh revives that ancient tradition, using his personal experience of hiking with pack mules across the Andes. He  vividly and wittily recounts the stories of the characters he meets along the way and brings to life the ancient landscape of the north.

Hugh Thomson is an author, film maker and explorer, best known for The Green Road into the Trees, which won the inaugural Wainwright Prize for Best Nature and Travel Writing. Hugh has led many research expeditions to Peru and is one of Britain's leading explorers of Inca settlements. Jethro the mule has his own Facebook page and Twitter account, and following his great adventure has been adopted and rehomed in Oxfordshire.

Jethro the Mule

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