Donna Landry is a professor of English at the University of Kent and author of The Invention of the Countryside: Hunting, Walking and Ecology in English Literature 1671–1831, The Muses of Resistance: Laboring-Class Women’s Poetry in Britain 1739–1796 and Noble Brutes: How Eastern Horses Transformed English Culture She is co-author with Caroline Finkel and Kate Clow of The Evliya Çelebi Way: Turkey’s first long-distance walking and riding route
Donna Landry visits Karacabey, the national stud near Bursa, with the Ottoman historian Caroline Finkel and discovers an equestrian paradise
Six travellers set out on horseback to retrace the early part of the route taken in 1671 by the Ottoman traveller Evliya Çelebi on his way to Mecca. They rode for 42 days, from the Sea of Marmara to the city of Kütahya. As the dfiaries of three of the party show, the horses were willing, and children were thrilled to meet them – but it wasn’t all plain riding.