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Pathfinder Thames Valley and The Chilterns, Nick Channer - Fully revised and updated edition of Thames Valley & Chilterns walks. The best short, medium and long country walks in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and South Oxfordshire. The Chilterns form part of the long line of chalk hills stretching intermittently across southern and eastern England. It is an area characterised by beech woods and dry valleys, and these natural features are explored in the routes. The Thames Valley is steeped in history, from Windsor Castle and Richmond Park to Runnymede Meadows, where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215, and there are opportunities to absorb this evocative atmosphere, as well as genteel towns like Dorchester, Henley and Princes Risborough.  Published August 13.
 

ISBN: 9781854586827 - Pathfinder Thames Valley & Chilterns

Footpaths for Fitness, Nick Channer - Twenty circular walks to help the young and the not so young improve their fitness. Routes range from 1 - 10 miles and are graded by length and degree of energy needed.  Published June 08.

ISBN: 9781846740886 - Footpaths for Fitness: Berkshire

 

 

Berkshire and Buckinghamshire AA 50 Walks - Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and this guide features a variety of mapped walks to suit all abilities. The book features all the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of Berkshire and Buckingham shire, as well as other local points of interest. All walks are annotated with places to visit along the way, including tea rooms and pubs, with extra details on their character and the food on offer. Every walk is given a summary of distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, type of surface and access, landscape, dog friendliness, parking and public toilets.  Published February 09.

50 Walks In Berkshire & Buckinghamshire

 

Rambling for Pleasure in East Berkshire, Ramblers Assoc. - 24 country walks in East Berkshire around Maidenhead, Wokingham, Bracknell and Ascot. Published July 06.

Kennet Valley and Watership Down, Ramblers Ass. - 24 short country walks exploring the hidden countryside between Reading, Newbury and Basingstoke. Published November 99.

Walking in The Thames Valley, Steve Davison - This guide book contains a collection of 25 adventurous circular walks in the Thames Valley, covering the Southern Chilterns, Berkshire, Lambourn and North Hampshire Downs, and Southern Oxfordshire, all within easy reach of Reading, Newbury, Abingdon and surrounding towns. The walks vary in length from 10 to 18 miles and include a two-day (26 miles) weekend walk over the Lambourn Downs. All walks have a detailed route description that includes information on points of interest along the way and are accompanied by a map of the route. Ten of the walks also have shorter (around 7 to 10 miles) options detailed, for those times when you want a less strenuous walk. Some of the walks visit the remains of Iron Age hill forts while others pass more modern features such as Wilton Windmill and the Kennet and Avon Canal. Some follow sections of the Ridgeway National Trail, while others gently meander along the banks of the River Thames. What they all have in common is that they take the adventurous rambler to some of the best parts of the region. Published November 08. The D'arcy Dalton Way Across Oxfordshire Cotswolds and Thames Valley, Nicholas Moon - The D’arcy Dalton Way was created to mark the Oxford Fieldpath Society's Diamond Jubilee in 1986 to connect Oxfordshire's major long distance paths  with the Wessex Downs and public transport links, and named after a notable defender of the county's path network. Published October 99.
Walking in Berkshire, Robert Wilson -  The 20 walks in this book cover the various scenic delights of Berkshire, a county which stretches from London to Wessex. Clearly illustrated with maps and photographs, the book provides walks ranging from a gentle five miles to more demanding downland walks of over 12 miles. Published December 03.

The Three Castles Path, David Bounds - The footpath route from Windsor to Winchester based upon the 13C journey's of King John at the time of Magna Carta. Published May 98.

Drive and Stroll in Berkshire, Les Maple - This is a collection of twenty circular routes for those who enjoy a country drive to an attractive spot for a refreshing walk. It includes routes at Eton Wick, Cookham Dean, Upper Basildon and Lambourn, along with maps and photographs. Published April 06.

ISBN: 9781853069529 - Drive and Stroll in Berkshire

 

Pub Walks in Berkshire, Nick Channer - The twenty walks in this book are all based on good local pubs. Includes routes at Upper Lambourn, Aldermaston, Hurley, Cookham Dean and Sunningdale. Published June 10.

ISBN: 9781846741814 - Pub Walks in Berkshire

Pocket Pub Walks Thames Valley, Nick Channer - This work is a pocket-size collection of fifteen circular walks each based on a local pub serving good food. It includes routes at Dorchester, Goring, Reading, Wargrave, Cookham, Little Marlow and Eton. It includes maps and photographs. Published May 07.
 

ISBN: 9781846740138 - Pocket Pub Walks Thames Valley

Pub Walks in The Thames Valley, Les Maple - A collection of twenty circular walks based on good local pubs, with maps and photographs. Published May 08.


ISBN: 9781846740817 - Pub Walks in the Thames Valley

 

Kiddiwalks in Berkshire, Ruth Paley - Twenty safe walks in the beautiful Berkshire countryside, devised especially with children in mind. Packed with fun things to see and do, each route offers a great outing. Full colour. Published May 11.

ISBN: 9781846742392 - Kiddiwalks in Berkshire

 

Walks into History, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, John Wilks - The lively and informative routes in this guide take the walker on a journey through history passing ancient hill forts and hill figures; Roman villas, medieval castles and grand houses; picturesque villages and historic towns. The 16 circular walks explore some of the most beautiful countryside in England. One of the walks visits the intriguing White Horse hill figure and the remains of the hill fort at Uffington. There are also walks along the Kennet & Avon canal at Woolhampton and Hungerford; and across Snelsmore Common to the ruins of Donnington Castle. With photographs and maps.. Published May 08.

ISBN: 9781846740695 - Walks into History: Berkshire and Oxfordshire

AA 30 Walks in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire - This original concept takes the most popular walks from the AA's best-selling and newly updated walks database and packages them on individual laminated cards in a durable box. The small and handy size means that the box can be stowed away in a pocket or handbag and single cards extracted at each walk start point. Clear and concise instructions plus a full-colour route map make the cards a joy to use. Limited availability. Published June 10.

ISBN: 9780749564292 - Berkshire and Buckinghamshire

Our Lady of Caversham Pilgrimage Walk. John Merrill.  Limited availability.  Published September 11.

 

Rambling in Berkshire, Various Authors - A Collection of Historical Walking Guides to the Berkshire Ridgeway, Reading, Windsor and the Surrounding Area. Published May 11.

Wysis Way, Offa's Dyke to the Thames Path, - Gerry Stewart - linking the Rivers Wye, Severn and Thames and two National Trails, Offa's Dyke Path and the Thames Path. From Monmouth the Wysis Way runs for 55 miles to the Isis, the infant River Thames, rising from the limestone high in the Cotswolds.  Published January 98. Walks Around the Downs  - 10 country rambles near Reading, Newbury, Andover and Basingstoke  Published Nov 99.
A Boot Up Royal Berkshire, Mike Cope - The ten circular walks, eight of which include the Thames Path as part of the itinerary, range from 4 - 9˝ miles They 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 - its people, its history, and its working landscape and will help first time visitors to experience some of the great scenery the area has to offer. Many of the walks feature a pub along the route. The county of Berkshire is bordered by Oxfordshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire, and its county town is Reading. Since the nineteenth century, it has been referred to as a Royal County due to the presence of a royal residence, Windsor Castle, in the north east of the county. This book focuses on those parts of Berkshire most closely associated with that royal influence. Windsor Castle is a favourite home of the Royal Family and the largest castle in England. Just across the river is Eton College - the most famous public school in the world. It has educated nineteen British Prime Ministers and sent forth `a cohort of distinguished figures'. Limited availability. Published July 11

ISBN: 9780857100429 - A Boot Up Royal Berkshire

 

A Boot Up the Berkshire Downs, Robert Wood - The Berkshire Downs are a line of downland hills, part of the North Wessex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They have attracted human habitation since prehistoric times. Geologically they are continuous with the Marlborough Downs to the west and the Chilterns to the east. They lie east-west, with their scarp slope facing north into the Vale of White Horse and their dip slope bounded by the course of the River Kennet. In the east they are divided from the Chilterns by the River Thames. These walks cover more or less the length of the Berkshire Downs, from Ashdown House in the west to the National Trust properties - Lardon Chase, Lough Down and the Holies - in the east. The Ridgeway, the spine of the Downs, is never far away. Some walks stray into Oxfordshire but that is understandable; until 1974 an area like Moulsford lay in Berkshire. Historical and literary associations are everywhere, from a battle fought by King Alfred (then a prince), possible complicity by a Catholic grandee in the Gunpowder Plot, two monuments to soldiers one very grand, the ubiquitous John Betjeman, a once-famous sheep fair, through to Wind in the Willows, Three Men in a Boat, Worzel Gummidge and Thomas Hardy's last novel Jude the Obscure. The ten circular 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 - its people, its history, and its working landscape and will help first time visitors to experience some of the great scenery the area has to offer. Many of the walks feature a pub along the route. 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 the area. Published March 10.

ISBN: 9781906887711 - A Boot Up the Berkshire Downs

Family Walks Around the Blackwater Valley - Stephen and Pamela Turner.  Limited availability.  Published April 09.

Newbury Treasure Hunt on Foot, Stephen Whetstone.  Limited availability. Published February 10.

ISBN: 9781847072177 - Newbury Treasure Hunt on Foot

Thames Valley Teashop Walks, Jean Patefield. Limited availability. Published May 98.

Pub Walks Near Hungerford, Alex Milne-White - "I've had some great day's out around the Hungerford area thanks to this book! From big pubs with rooms to tiny pubs down country lanes that sell filled rolls along with well poured pints of real ale. Chosen for the individuality, good cheer and friendly welcome. Very well set out and thought out. Good information." (Customer Review).  Limited availability. Published October 11.

ISBN: 9780957002708 - Pub Walks Near Hungerford

 

 

The Ridgeway (British Walking Guide), Nick Hill - An 87-mile (139km) National Trail, the Ridgeway runs from Overton Hill near Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. Part of this route follows the oldest road in the country, dating back millennia. Taking 5-7 days, this is not a difficult walk and the rewards are many: wide views across rolling countryside, Iron Age forts, Neolithic burial mounds, white horses carved into the chalk downs and picturesque villages.  Limited availability. Published Feb 09

For more on The Ridgeway - see Long Distance Books

 

 

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Berkshire County Atlas (A-Z County Atlas) Published Jan 12

AA Street by Street Berkshire:Maxi Published Sept 08

Philip's Street Atlas Berkshire. Published Nov 08

 

 


 

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