Gustav Holst Way
My second guidebook describes the 35-mile walking route through the Cotswolds that celebrates one of England's greatest classical music composers, Gustav Holst. The book's publication coincides with the centenary of the date Holst began work on The Planets. Born in Cheltenham, within sight of the Cotswolds, Holst was a keen walker, and many places of great importance in his early life are featured on this glorious trail through a timeless corner of South West England. Holst would often practice playing his trombone while walking through the hills - much to the consternation of local farmers, who believed the racket caused their ewes to lamb too early!
The walk is sub-divided into five easy/moderate sections, and the richly illustrated guidebook contains detailed maps and useful historical notes, plus a number of interesting detours. The Gustav Holst Way is available (price £7.99) from the Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham, from bookshops in and around Cheltenham, and online from Amazon here.