A MALVERN priest is publishing a book based on her 150 mile charity walk of self-discovery back in 2019.
Anthea Elston’s charity walk was inspired by the death of her best friend, Marianna, from breast cancer at the age of 37 and raised a total of £5,200 for two charities – Macmillan and the Diocese of Worcester church.
Her book Boots and Roots reflects on her walk which took her from All Saints Church, Hollybush to the Malvern Hills, Bromyard, Leominster, Hay-on-Wye, Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye and then back to All Saints.
The book follows Anthea’s voyage of discovery as she journeys through some spectacularly beautiful countryside, including ending up lying in the bottom of a ditch.
Anthea said: “This book has been written to encourage others to go for their dreams and show that it’s never too late to make a change.
“It’s a tale of family, friendship, faith and forging a new path for yourself, against all the odds.
“I found myself travelling back into my family history, discovering tragedy and hardship, but also some amazing, inspiring, strong female ancestors, who gave me a new perspective on the future.”
The launch of Boots and Roots will be held at Ledbury Books and Maps on December 2 at 5pm and at All Saints Hollybush on December 3 at 2pm.