Hugh Thomson | One Man And A Mule
TUESDAY 08 MAY - 8:00 PM
For centuries mules were used to transport goods across Britain. Strong, sturdy and able to carry a great deal of weight, they made ideal walking companions – as long as you didn’t ask them to do anything they didn’t want to do!
Wainwright Prize-winner Hugh Thomson revived that ancient tradition, using his experience of hiking with pack mules across the Andes to have what he called ‘a South American adventure in England’. Taking his cue from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Travels With A Donkey – the bestselling travel book of the 19th century – Hugh took his mule, Jethro, across England from the Yorkshire Moors to the Lake District, using the old drovers roads and mule tracks that have largely passed into disrepair. These wild parts of the North of England used mules extensively in the past, and by recreating that experience, Hugh gained an insight into the forgotten men who were the muleteers for the mines and cattle that were scattered across the hills of Yorkshire and Cumbria.
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