The late Christopher Knowles organised walking holidays in the Cotswolds for over 20 years, and was the founder of Cotswold Journeys. He was an expert on the region and wrote several books about it. He lived near Cheltenham and had personally researched and devised many Cotswold walking routes, including the three featured in his guidebook for Rucksack Readers.
For many years he travelled professionally around the world, particularly to Italy, China and Russia, and he spoke fluent French and Italian. His account of travelling by train between London and Hong Kong in the 1980s ‘The Red Line: a train journey through the Cold War’ – was published in May 2017 by Pen & Sword. He died in June 2017.