Feature · 28 Feb 2018
An intro to… The Way of St James - France
An intro to… The Way of St James - France, answering questions like 'What's so special about St James?', 'What does the scallop shell mean?' and 'How fit do I need to be?'.
A chance viewing of a television programme in the early 1970s lead to Alison’s interest in the Pilgrim Road to Santiago, at that time barely known in Britain. A walker most of her life she had the opportunity to walk the 1000-mile camino from Le Puy-en-Velay to Santiago all in one go in 1990, a time which coincided, fortuitously, with Cicerone Press looking for an author to write an original guide in English to the Spanish section of the route. Since then Alison walked and explored many of the pilgrim roads through Europe (France, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal) as well as those she has written about.
Her 2002 Cicerone guide The Pilgrim Road to Nidaros is now both out of print and out of date but a new edition, The Pilgrim Road to Trondheim, has now been published (2015, in English) by Museumsforlaget in Trondheim.
Alison's other interests included music and the French horn. Sadly following a long illness, Alison died in 2020.
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