Sumary of The real Narnia! Discovering the magical landscapes that inspired C.S. Lewis:
- A walk wasn’t a walk if it didn’t finish at an inn — and I’ve had a jolly time discovering which of his favourite hostelries are still standing..
- Lewis lived in a cottage called Gastons, in the village of Great Bookham, near Leatherhead, with his tutor, a fierce character named W..
- But the Surrey Hills around which Lewis tramped are untouched — and what a discovery they will be for anyone who had the impression the county was all footballers’ mansions and golf clubs..
- Dunluce Castle, which several Lewis scholars believe is the model for Cair Paravel, where the four children of the Narnia stories reign as kings and queens Rostrevor is a village deep in the Mountains of Mourne in the south of County Down..
- It was a favourite holiday destination of the Lewis family — and now a Narnia Trail has gone up in the local park..
- Several Lewis scholars believe — as I do — that Dunluce is the model for Cair Paravel, where the four children of the Narnia stories reign as kings and queens..
- Lewis enjoyed a belated honeymoon here with his wife Joy in 1958 Just ten miles northeast of Belfast, Crawfordsburn is a sweet seaside village in the Holywood Hills..
- It is a poignant place to remember the most unlikely of middle-aged love stories, captured (sort of) in the film Shadowlands..
- But it was after tramping in the Malvern Hills, pictured, that he ‘made his peace’ with the English countryside Lewis didn’t find much enchantment in England…