In 1878, Robert Louis Stevenson and his donkey, Modestine, spent twelve days walking in the Cévennes mountains in France, as he recounted in Travels with a Donkey. His book became an instant hit and the route he took is now the Stevenson Trail, along the GR79 long-distance footpath. Over a period of four years, Hilary Macaskill and Molly Wood attempted to retrace his steps. In the course of several trips they negotiated the entire 212 kilometres of the Stevenson Trail, accompanied by Whiskey the dog and a variety of donkeys, getting lost, encounters with some odd people and some particularly memorable meals. Their story is interspersed with facts about the local history, cuisine, flora and fauna, important tips on donkey management, and some donkey lore. Practical information is also provided for those tempted to take up the challenge of the Stevenson Trail themselves. Hardcover, 160 pages. In very good pre-loved condition with the exception of being ex-library.