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We are building up a reading list of writings by and about women in the hills. We welcome additions to this list, so please do email us.

Primary Texts

Susie Allison, Scottish Trail Running: 70 Great Runs (Pesda Press, 2012/2017)

Jenn Ashworth, Fell (Sceptre, 2017)

Polly Atkin, Basic Nest Architecture (Seren Books, 2017)

Bair, Deirdre, Anaïs Nin: A Biography(New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1995)

Beaumont, Matthew, Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London(London: Verso, 2015)

Birkett, Dea, Off the Beaten Track: Three Centuries of Women Travellers(London: National Portrait Gallery Publications, 2004)

Bonner, William Hallam, ‘The Journals of Sarah and William Hazlitt 1822-1831’, The University of Buffalo Studies24.3 (1959)

Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, ed. by Ian Jack (Oxford University Press, 2009)

Whitney Brown, Between Stone and Sky (Constable 2018)

Carter, Elizabeth, A Series of Letters between Mrs Elizabeth Carter and Miss Catherine Talbot4 vols (London: F. C. and J. Rivington, 1809)

_____, Letters from Mrs. Elizabeth Carter to Mrs Montagu, 3 vols (London: F. C. and J. Rivington, 1817)

Carter, Julie, Running the Red Line (Mindfell, 2018)

Coverley, Merlin, The Art of Wandering: the Writer as Walker(Harpenden: Oldcastle Books, 2012) 

Cracknell, Linda, Blogs for Walkhighlands website,

Linda Cracknell, Doubling Back: Ten Paths Trodden in Memory (Freight Books, 2014)

Easley, Alexis, ‘The Woman of Letters at Home: Harriet Martineau and the Lake District’, Victorian Literature and Culture34 (2006), 291-310

Elkin, Lauren, Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London(London: Chatto and Windus, 2016)

Hall, Edward, ed., Miss Weeton’s Journal of a Governess, 2 vols (Newton Abbott: David & Charles, 1969)

Catherine Hall, The Proof of Love (Portobello, 2011)

Sarah Hall, Haweswater (Harper Perennial, 2006)

Harrison, Melissa, Rain: Four Walks in English Weather(London: Faber and Faber, 2016)

Humble, Kate, Thinking on My Feet: The Small Joy of Putting one Foot in Front of Another(London: Aster, 2018)

Ingold, Tim and Jo Lee Vergunst, eds, Ways of Walking: Ethnography and Practice on Foot(Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2008)

Kathleen Jamie, Findings (Sort Of Books, 2005)

————— Sightlines (Sort Of Books, 2012)

————— Selected Poems (Picador, 2018)

————— Surfacing (Penguin, 2019)

Mick Kitson, Sal (Canongate, 2018)

Macfarlane, Robert, The Old Ways(London: Penguin, 2012)

Marples, Morris, Shanks’s Pony: A Study of Walking(London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1959)

Martineau, Harriet, Collected Letters of Harriet Martineau, 5 vols, ed. Deborah Anna Logan (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2007)

_____, Autobiography, 2 vols (Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1877)

_____, A Complete Guide to the English Lakes(Windermere: John Garnett, 1855)

_____, How to Observe Morals and Manners(New York: Harper and Brothers, 1838)

Meanwell, Andrea, A Native Breed  (Haycroft 2016)

_____ , In My Boots (Haycroft 2017)

_____ , Lakelanders (Haycroft 2018)

_____ , Four Seasons on a Westmorland Farm (Haycroft 2019)

Moffat, Gwen, Space Below My Feet (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1961)

Mort, Helen, Claire Carter, Heather Dawe and Camilla Barnard, eds, Waymaking: An Anthology of Women’s Adventure Writing, Poetry and Art(Sheffield: Vertebrate Publishing, 2018)

Murray, Isobel, Jessie Kesson: Writing her Life[2000] (Glasgow: Kennedy & Boyd, 2011)

Nin, Anaïs, Mirages: The Unexpurgated Diaries of Anaïs Nin, 1939-47(Athens: Ohio University Press, 2013)

_____, Nearer the Moon: from A Journal of Love: the Unexpurgated Diaries of Anaïs Nin(London: Peter Owen, 1996)

_____, Fire: from ‘A Journal of Love’: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin, 1934-1937(San Diego, New York and London: Harvest, 1995)

_____, Incest: Unexpurgated Diaries 1932-1934(London and Chicago: Peter Owen, 1992)

_____, Linotte: Early Diary of Anaïs Nin Volume Four 1927-1931(San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985)

_____, The Early Diary of Anaïs Nin Volume Three 1923-1927(Harvest, 1983)

_____, Linotte: The Early Diary of Anaïs Nin 1914-1920(San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978)

_____, The Journals of Anaïs Nin Volume 6, 1955-66by Anaïs Nin (London: Peter Owen, 1977)

_____, Diary of Anaïs Nin: Volume Five 1947-55, ed. by Gunther Stuhlmann (New York and London: Harvest, 1974

Peacock, Charlotte, Into the Mountain: A Life of Nan Shepherd(Cambridge: Galileo Publishers, 2017)

Pennington, Montagu, Memoirs of the Life of Elizabeth Carter(London: F. C. and J. Rivington, 1809)

Dorothy Pilley, Climbing Days (various eds.)

Beatrix Potter, The Journal of Beatrix Potter, 1881-1897 (Frederick Warne, 1989)

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, Confessions of a Solitary Wanderer(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016)

de Selincourt, Ernest, ed., The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: the Later Years, 1821-53, rev. Alan G. Hill, 4 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978-88)

_____, ed., The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: the Early Years 1787-1805, revised Chester L. Shaver (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967)

_____, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, 2 vols (London: Macmillan, 1959)

_____, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, 2 vols (London: Macmillan, 1941)

Shepherd, Nan, The Living Mountain[1979] (Edinburgh: Canongate Books, 2011)

_____, In the Cairngorms[1934] (Cambridge: Galileo, 2014)

Simmons, Gail, The Country of Larks: A Chiltern Journey in the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson and the Footprint of HS2(Chalfont St Peter: Bradt, 2019)

Solnit, Rebecca, Wanderlust: A History of Walking(London, Verso, 2002)

Stewart, Alexandra, Daughters of the Glen, ed. Innis Macbeath (Aberfeldy: Leura Press, 1986)

Strayed, Cheryl, Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found(London: Atlantic Books, 2013)

Taplin, Kim, The English Path(Ipswich: The Boydell Press, 1979)

Harriet Tarlo (ed.), The Ground Aslant: An Anthology of Radical Landscape Poetry (Shearsman Books, 2011)

Todd, Barbara, Harriet Martineau at Ambleside, with ‘A Year at Ambleside’ by Harriet Martineau(Carlisle: Bookcase, 2002)

Weeton, Ellen, Miss Weeton’s Journal of a Governess 1807-11, ed. Edward Hall, 2 vols (New York: Augustus M. Kelley, 1969), Volume 1

_____,Miss Weeton’s Journal of a Governess, 1811-25, ed. Edward Hall, 2 vols (New York: Augustus M. Kelly, 1969), Volume 2

Winn, Raynor, The Salt Path(London: Michael Joseph, 2018)

Woolf, Virginia, The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Vol. 4, 1931-1935, ed. Anne Olivier Bell and Andrew McNeillie (London: The Hogarth Press, 1982)

Woolf, Virginia, The Diary of Virginia Woolf: Vol. 3, 1925-1930, ed. Anne Olivier Bell and Andrew McNeillie (London: The Hogarth Press, 1981)

_____, The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Vol. 2, 1920-24ed. Anne Olivier Bell and Andrew McNeillie (London: Harcourt Trade Publishers, 1980)

_____, The Diary of Virginia Woolf: Vol. 1, 1915-19, ed. Anne Oliver Bell (London: Mariner Books, 1979)

_____, The Flight of the Mind: The Letters of Virginia Woolf, Vol. 1 1888-1912, ed. Nigel Nicolson and Joanne Trachtmann (London: the Hogarth Press, 1975)

_____, Street Haunting: A London Adventure[1927] (No place: Read Books, 2012)

Wordsworth, Dorothy, The Grasmere and Alfoxden Jounrals, ed. Pamela Woof (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2002)

_____, ‘Thoughts on my sick-bed’ (1832),

_____, Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland, ed. Carol Kyros Walker (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1997)

_____, Journal of my Second Tour in Scotland, 1822: A Complete Edtion of Dove Cottage Manuscript 98 and Dove Cottage Manuscript 99, ed. Jiro Nagasawa (Tokyo: Kenkyushu, 1989)