Biography

Hugh Westacott was for many years a librarian working both in England and the United States. After the success of his seminal book The Walker’s Handbook he took early retirement and devoted himself to writing, guiding and lecturing about walking. He is married to Joan from San Antonio, Texas and they have two sons and live in Devonshire. Joan, now retired, was a librarian at the American School in London. Hugh has two daughters by a previous marriage.

In 1974 he founded his own imprint, Footpath Publications, which issued a number of footpath guides, and in 1984, when living in the United States, he started Rucksack Holidays which brought Americans to Britain for walking holidays, and for twenty years led hiking tours in Britain for Wilderness Travel one of America’s leading adventure holiday companies..
Hugh specializes in guiding Americans and Canadians on day walks and hiking trips.

Interests:

All aspects of walking, hiking and backpacking
The history of walking for pleasure
The relationship between literature and the English landscape
The history and development of the English landscape
The history of navigational techniques
The etymology and history of English place-names
All aspects of English history

 

Member of the following associations and societies:

Charles Close Society for the Study of Ordnance Survey Maps
Constitutional Monarchy Association
English Heritage
Long Distance Walkers’ Association
National Trust
Ramblers’ Association (Life Member)
Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child
Society of Authors