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The Cotswold Way, Tricia and Bob Hayne - 44 Large-Scale walking maps & guides to 48 towns and villages planning, places to stay, places to eat - Chipping Campden to Bath (British Walking Guides). Published January 16.
For Cotswolds General see
Shakespeare Walking, John G Abbott - This book describes the history and heritage of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in the United Kingdom, through the medium of several walks within and around the town. Photographs and maps are included. A reasonable amount of detail concerning
William Shakespeare's life, from cradle to grave, is also given as each walk progresses. The plays, poems and sonnets are listed and family connections mentioned where appropriate. Published December 13. K
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Published April 04.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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. Limited availability.Published June 12.
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. Limited availability.
Published April 07.
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 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.
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.
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