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In the Footsteps of Jane Austen, Anne-Marie Edwards - Today we can walk in Jane Austen's footsteps and still capture the atmosphere of her world. This detailed and engaging account of Austen's life and work is arranged as a series of walking tours through the towns and countryside she knew and loved - the settings for her novels. We are introduced to the real-life people she met on her journeys, many of whom live on, thinly disguised, as the characters in her books. Visit scenes from Jane Austen's novels including: Godmersham House, the inspiration for Pemberley in "Pride and Prejudice"; Breathtaking views from Box Hill in "Emma"; Lyme Regis's treacherous stone steps in "Persuasion"; Bath's Assembly Rooms in "Northanger Abbey" and many more. Published January 03

In the Steps of Jane Austen by Anne-Marie Edwards

Jane Austen in Bath, Walking Tours of the Writer's City, Katherine Reeve - Fans of Jane Austen can tread in the British author's historic footsteps on four walking tours of her hometown haunts.  Published September 06.

Bristol and Bath: A Dog Walker's Guide, Nigel Vile - 20 circular routes varying in length from 2 to 7 miles around Bristol & Bath. Woodland walks at Bourton Combe and Lower Woods; stretches of coastal path at Clevedon and Littleton-upon-Severn; riverside paths at Chew Magna and Snuff Mills and wide open spaces at Hawkesbury Upton and Blackdown on the Mendip Hills.  Published March 12.

ISBN: 9781846742934 - Bristol & Bath - a Dog Walker's Guide


 

Footpaths for Fitness: Bristol & Bath, Nigel Vile - The 20 selected and graded circular routes vary in length from 1 - 7 and a half miles and have been designed as a simple programme for those who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Each route has been given a grade from 1 to 3 to indicate the level of effort required, and an estimation of the calories burned during the walk. As well as improving fitness the routes give the walker the chance to experience the area around Bristol and Bath at its very best. Published April 09

Footpaths for Fitness: Bristol & Bath


Where Wiltshire Meets Somerset, Revised 6th Edition, Roger Jones - 20 Best Walks in the Country Around Bath, Bradford on Avon, Westbury, Warminster and Frome.  Published March 13.

 

Cotswold Way, Chipping Campden to Bath, Tricia and Bob Hayne - Practical walking guide with 49 large scale maps (1:20,000). Includes detailed accommodation guide, pubs and restaurants and full public transport information. With 5 town plans and 44 walking maps - at just under 1:20,000 - showing route times, gradients, where to stay, interesting features: includes GPS waypoints. Itineraries for all walkers - whether walking the route in its entirety over 7 - 8 days or sampling the highlights on day walks and short breaks. Practical information for all budgets - Chipping Campden through to Bath: where to stay (campsites, hostels, B&Bs, pubs and hotels), where to eat, what to see.  Published June 12.

ISBN: 9781905864485 - Cotswold Way

 

On Foot in Bath: Fifteen Walks Around a World Heritage City, Andrew Swift - These fifteen walks are published to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Bath's designation as a World Heritage Site.  As well as shedding new light on familiar landmarks, they go in search of hidden treasures in out-of-the way corners, before heading out to explore old villages absorbed by the city. Erudite, never patronising, witty and even sometimes, like his eighteenth-century namesake, acerbic and satirical, Dr Swift is the perfect companion to guide you round the World Heritage Site. Lavishly illustrated in full colour, with photographs, engravings and archive maps to guide you on, these walks range from gentle strolls around the city's streets to challenging climbs through woods and along country lanes to visit spectacular buildings high in the hills above. Nine of the walks are step-free or have step-free alternatives indicated, and all start and end in the heart of the city. Published August 12.

ISBN: 9780956098948 - On Foot in Bath

Literary Walks in Bath: Eleven Excursions in the Company of Eminent Authors, Andrew Swift - Few cities have been so celebrated in print as Bath - from Smollett to Jane Austen, from Dickens to Fanny Burney, and from Sheridan to Georgette Heyer. Many other famous writers have passed through as well - Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in a house in the Abbey Church Yard, Coleridge met his wife in the city, and in the twentieth century John Betjeman championed its architectural heritage. Even Shakespeare - or so it is believed - turned up to take a dip in the hot springs. These eleven walks look at Bath through their eyes, creating a vivid social history of the city over the last 300 years and bringing the past alive with unparalleled immediacy. Fully illustrated, and including in-depth accounts of the writers and works featured, they can either be followed on foot or - with the aid of historic maps of the city - read as a series of essays. Published May 12.

ISBN: 9780956098931 - Literary Walks in Bath

Pocket Pub Walks Bristol and Bath, Nigel Vile - What better way to spend a leisurely few hours than to stretch your legs and then visit a traditional pub for a delicious meal and a glass of beer or wine? The fifteen circular walks in this book allow you to do just that, taking you through some of the finest scenery in Bristol and Bath, and then guiding you to a watering hole, recommended for its food and hospitality. The book's handy size fits neatly into a pocket. The circular routes are between 2 and 6 miles. They cover some of the most beautiful locations in the region. Published April 07.


ISBN: 9781846740145 - Pocket Pub Walks Bristol and Bath

Pub Strolls Around Bristol and Bath, Roger Noyce - The thirty short walks, each combined with an opportunity to enjoy a good pub meal, will enable everyone- including families with small children, the not-so-young and the not-so-fit- to discover some of the area's beautiful countryside. Each stroll is circular and under four miles in length. There are recommended pubs serving excellent food and drink, sketch maps of the routes, directions to the start and parking, information on places of interest to visit nearby and photographs of the pubs and sights along the way. The book offers a wealth of local places to discover and explore including the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Avon walkway past the amazing SS Great Britain, and the Cabot Tower in Bristol. While in Bath, the walks take in the Abbey, the Roman Baths and Pulteney Bridge. To the north of these two cities the picture postcard villages of the Cotswold beckon. To the south there are superb strolls along the towpath of the lovely Kennet & Avon Canal and opportunities to visit Clevedon on the coast, Cheddar and Wookey Hole along the Mendips and the beautiful city of Wells. Published June 00.

Pub Walks for Motorists, Bristol and Bath, Somerset and Gloucestershire, Nigel Vile - Forty circular routes around this popular walking area, each based on a good local pub. Includes routes around the Quantocks, the Mendips, the Severn estuary and the Cotswolds. Published June 05.

 


Pub Walks for Motorists: Bristol & Bath, Somerset & Gloucestershire

 

Pub Walks in the Mendips, Pete Forrester - Twenty circular walks based on good local pubs, this guide includes routes at Cheddar, East Harptree, Wells, Stratton-on-the-Fosse and Oldford. Published April 04.

Pub Walks in the Mendips

Pewsey Avon Trail, Chris Cole - Pewsey Avon Trail takes the walker down the sublime Avon valley in Wiltshire from Pewsey to Salisbury by means of a series of ten linked waymarked walks. It has been devised in memory of Pat Beresford, a much-loved countryside campaigner and walker, by Natural Englandís Living River Project on behalf of Pewsey Parish Council. Its author, Chris Cole, is the doyen of writers on walking in Wiltshire, and he describes with clear instructions and a wealth of information the memorable places and sights encountered on the way. Sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund. May 2010, 104 pages, full colour throughout, illustrated, maps. Published May 10.

Kiddiwalks Around Bristol and Bath, Nigel Vile - Here is a book of twenty safe walks devised with active children in mind. Packed with fun thing to see and do, each circular route offers a great outing and passes the Kiddiwalks 'S' test. That means simple routes with not to many hills and climbs; short routes - most less than 3 miles; stimulating - with nature trails, rocks to scramble over, wide open spaces, birds to spot, places to fly kites. And of course stops - from tea gardens and ice creams to cafes and family friendly pubs with good food. Published April 04.

ISBN: 9781853068461 - Kiddiwalks Around Bristol and Bath

 

Somerset - From Bath to the Quantocks, Sue Viccars - This Pathfinder Guide seeks out the different features that reflect the natural beauty of the area from Bath to the Quantocks. Included are the Mendip Hills, one of two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which are fractured by deep, dramatic gorges and dry valleys honeycombed with spectacular caves such as those at Cheddar and Wookey. Somerset's coast is explored in walks starting from Kilve and Brean Bird Garden. The cliffs support several important habitats and, on a clear day, offer fine views towards the Welsh coast. The routes also incorporate manmade wonders, such as the magnificent Avoncliff aqueduct and historic Montacute House. Going for a longer holiday or want more Somerset walks? Pathfinder Guides are Britain's best loved walking guides. They are the perfect companion for country walks throughout Britain. Each title features 28 circular walks with easy-to-follow route descriptions, all tried and tested by seasoned walkers. The routes range from extended strolls to exhilarating hikes, so there is something for everyone. Published December 10.

 

A Boot Up Bristol, Rodney Leg - Dramatically poised on the edge of the Avon Gorge, the city of Bristol incorporates its own walking country. Wild walks and country walks begin from Clifton Down. The Clifton Suspension Bridge links both with genteel Ashton Park and the virtual jungle of Leigh Woods. There is also a rich and romantic strand of maritime history from the Romans at Sea Mills to Brunel's steamship SS Great Britain back in the dock where she was built. Ten selected walks, each in a circuit of five to nine miles, tackle varying terrain and suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk. They also explore the city's setting, just beyond the urban sprawl, where you can escape into a very different world. Rocky chasms fringe the Mendip Hills. On the other side of the great conurbation are the Bristol Channel marshes below the two Severn Bridges. Bristol abounds in engineering works on the grand scale. The practical route-master approach, with easy to follow descriptions and maps, is laced with quirky potted facts about connections and treasures en-route. Photographs likewise are chosen both to capture the feeling and theme of very different walks that bring an element of excitement to the easiest, cheapest and healthiest leisure pursuit. Halsgrove's new-format guidebook, containing maps, photographs and useful information will ensure a great walking experience. Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to Bristol and its hinterland. Published September 10.

ISBN: 9781906887858 - Bristol

Somerset, Wiltshire and the Mendips, Sue Viccars and Nick Channer - The Pathfinder Guide to Somerset, the Mendips and Wiltshire has been fully revised and updated and contains 28 great country walks with clear, large-scale Ordnance Survey route maps and GPS waypoints. Pathfinder Somerset, the Mendips and Wiltshire guides you to the best country walking in both counties, Somerset and Wiltshire rank as two of the most attractive counties in Britain. Landscapes range from the breezy heights of the Mendips to the flat meadows of the Somerset Levels, perfect for walkers of mixed ability, families and young children. Walkers can experience a variety of walking routes in a range of difficulty of walks with this Pathfinder guide, including the famous Stonehenge, and sites that have inspired a host of romantic myths and legends, including King Arthur. The walks in Pathfinder Somerset, the Mendips and Wiltshire take in these sites, with walks ranging in length from 3 to 10 miles, they have something for everyone and continue to be Britain best-loved walking guides.  Published April 10.

ISBN: 9781854585295 - Somerset, the Mendips and Wiltshire

 

Shakespeare's Way, A Journey of Imagination - A 146 mile Waymarked Path from Stratford-on-Avon to Shakespeare's Globe, Peter Titchmarsh - This is a guidebook to the new 146-mile long-distance footpath - Shakespeare's Way. Detailed text, coloured maps and illustrations, all describing the long distance walking route of Shakespeare's Way between Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Globe Theatre, London. It also briefly describes the places of interest along the route, including the Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace, Oxford and the Chilterns. Specially designed for walkers, each double-page spread is self-contained, with route directions cross-referenced to a relevant coloured map and accompanied by illustrations of places encountered. Published Feb 06.

24 Family Walks in and Around Bristol, Lesley Turney - The walks in this latest "Children's Bristol" guide have been devised especially for families of all ages. All are located within easy distance of Bristol and vary in length and difficulty, from the toddler- and buggy-friendly stretches of the Bristol-Bath Cycle and Walkway to the stiffish ascent of Cadbury Camp. Easy directions, an interesting and sometimes educational commentary, photographs and maps - all add up to the best family walking book in Bristol. Limited availability. Published April 06.

ISBN: 9781904537472 - 24 Family Walks in and Around Bristol

 

Window on Bath, Eight Walks in Bath, Kirsten Elliot. Limited availability. Published May 94.

Hidden Paths and Secret Gates, Six all-day Walks around Bath, Kirsten Elliot & David Purchase - walk distances range from 10 to 16 miles. Limited availability. Published May 96.

Garden Walks near Bath, Tim Mowl. Limited availability. Published March 99.

 

A Boot Up Bath, Rodney Legg - Roman Bath, like Rome itself, is surrounded by its Seven Hills. These are the obvious target for walks up and out of the city. Inevitably, however, they are somewhat demanding, so walks that are short but strenuous have been mixed with those that are easy but longer. The latter, with circuits up to nine miles, stretch out along the River Avon and its partner in the landscape, the Kennet and Avon Canal.  The towpath heads towards creations of industrial archaeology of national renown, such as the Dundas Aqueduct, where canal long-boats cross three other transport systems - rail, river and road. Scenic and exhilarating country walking is literally within sight and step as you reach out from the city. On one side the landscape becomes the Cotswold Hills, encapsulated at its most civilised in Dyrham Park, whereas on the other side the deep-cut valleys hide some of the most desirable homes in the land, around villages like Combe Hay. The ten selected walks, ranging from 3 to 8 miles, suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area. Places are selected with problem-free parking and public houses and tea-rooms en route if possible. Instructions are as basic and clear as possible, but you will also have things to see pointed out to you. The emphasis throughout the ten walks is to notice what is odd and quirky - so you do not miss what makes the effort and exercise truly worthwhile. Halsgrove's new-format guidebook, containing maps, photographs and useful information will ensure a great walking experience. Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to Bath and its hinterland. Limited availability. Published September 10.

Discover Bath on Foot: Walks and Quizzes, John Dennis - Contains seven walks which begin and end at the magnificent West Front of Bath Abbey. Limited availability.  Published June 10.

ISBN: 9781906593575 - Discover Bath on Foot

 

Severn, Avon and Birmingham Waterways Guide - Popular guide covering the canals and waterways around Birmingham and the River Severn. Colour Ordnance Survey maps clearly show locks, towpaths and boating facilities. There are also comprehensive navigational notes as well as descriptions of the towns and villages, pubs and restaurants alongside the waterways. In print for over 30 years, the Collins/Nicholson guides to the waterways have always been a vital part of journeys along Britain's canals and rivers. They are designed for anyone and everyone with an interest in Britain's inland waterways -- from experienced boaters to those planning their first boat trip, as well as walkers, cyclists and visitors. Limited availability. Published March 09

MORE MAPS


A-Z Premier Map of Bristol, Geographers' A-Z. Published Oct 08

A-Z Bristol and Bath Atlas. Published Nov 06

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AA Street by Street Bristol Midi. Published Oct 08

50 Miles around Bristol Road Map. Published Nov 09.

A-Z Bath Street Plan Published June 08

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