About Me - Barton Mathews

Hello. Thanks for looking me up! I'm Barton and somewhat surprisingly, yes that's my real name. I love the outdoors so i If you've got any questions about my adventures drop me a line, I'd love to chat.

In the spirit of an 'About Me' section, allow me to share some things I love.  

My favourite books

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. A novel full of stunning descriptions of Spanish city life in Barcelona. Totally engrossing and intriguing fiction that had me thanking the reading gods that this is not Zafón's only work. 

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn. An epic fantasy based in feudal Japan....the heat, the rain, the minute sounds of natural and domestic life and the multi-layered court intrigue are all conveyed in vivid prose. Fantastic. 

Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson. A collection of poems from his typewriter series that give perfect snapshots into modern life. At times poignant, at times romantic yet always beautifully written...

"You are the poem I never knew how to write,
and this life is the story I have always wanted to tell"


My favourite travel destinations

Southern California. Ski, surf, hike, explore. I first travelled to LA in 2016 and drove up the Pacific Coast Highway (stunning) to go adventuring in Yosemite National Park. A few months later I was back and this time headed south to Joshua Tree National Park. Mountainous desert stretching from horizon to horizon. If I could some up Southern California in two words it would be 'contrasting beauty'.

Fiordland, New Zealand. 1 million hectares of pristine forest, crystal clear glacial water and a veritable menagerie of animals squawking and snuffling through the undergrowth. A place of quiet serenity and overwhelming scale.

West Nepal. Tea-house trekking for two weeks through the Himalayas was unforgettable. Fresh bread from the oven, soaring peaks ghosting between the clouds and just you and the trail ahead on the day's agenda.

Worcestershire, England. Rolling green hills, cricket on village greens, meandering through country lanes surrounded by bursting hedges and bird calls from all angles. It's cosy. It's quaint.It's charming.







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