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|Walking Home: A Poet's Journey, Simon Armitage - The wandering poet has always been a feature of our cultural imagination. Odysseus journeys home, his famous flair for storytelling seducing friend and foe. The Romantic poets tramped all over the Lake District searching for inspiration. Now Simon Armitage, with equal parts enthusiasm and trepidation, as well as a wry humour all his own, has taken on Britain s version of our Appalachian Trail: the Pennine Way. Walking the backbone of England by day (accompanied by friends, family, strangers, dogs, the unpredictable English weather, and a backpack full of Mars Bars), each evening he gives a poetry reading in a different village in exchange for a bed. Armitage reflects on the inextricable link between freedom and fear as well as the poet's place in our bustling world. In Armitage's own words, to embark on the walk is to surrender to its lore and submit to its logic, and to take up a challenge against the self. Published April 13. Available for pre-order.||
Headwaters: Walking to British River Sources, Phil Clayton - Headwaters visits the sources of more than fifty rivers in Great Britain, from the longest and best known to some of the shortest and most eccentric. Phil Clayton describes a series of walks ranging from long treks over Scottish mountains and through wilderness glens to afternoon strolls in pastoral English parkland, moorland marches to forest forays, with the occasional bit of
urban exploration thrown in. There is more variety of landscape and scenery around our river sources than might at first be expected and they all have a tale to tell. Three years in the making, this comprehensively illustrated book also draws on a rich range of literary sources to explore the geography, geology, etymology, history and folklore of these fundamental features of the British landscape, from Trent to Severn, Tay to Piddle. Published October
||The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, Robert Macfarlane - Robert Macfarlane sets off from his Cambridge home to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drove-roads and sea paths that form part of a vast network of routes criss-crossing the British landscape and its waters, and connecting them to the continents beyond. The result is an immersive, enthralling exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt old paths, of the stories our tracks keep and tell, of pilgrimage and ritual, and of songlines and their singers. Above all this is a book about people and place: about walking as a reconnoitre inwards, and the subtle ways in which we are shaped by the landscapes through which we move. Told in Macfarlane's distinctive and celebrated voice, the book folds together natural history, cartography, geology, archaeology and literature. His tracks take him from the chalk downs of England to the bird-islands of the Scottish northwest, and from the disputed territories of Palestine to the sacred landscapes of Spain and the Himalayas. Along the way he walks stride for stride with a 5000-year-old man near Liverpool, follows the 'deadliest path in Britain', sails an open boat out into the Atlantic at night, and crosses paths with walkers of many kinds. Published June 12.|
Somerville's 100 Best British Walks, Christopher Somerville - Christopher Somerville is one of Britain’s best–loved walking journalists and personalities. Somerville’s 100 Best British Walks presents a personal selection of his best walks around Britain. Laid out by region, with over
forty illustrations and area maps showing walk locations and easy-to-follow directions, this volume is a treasury of anecdote, observation and description, as well as a comprehensive guide to walking your way through Britain. Published April 12.
Rail Trails: From Track to Trail, Harry Cobbold, Joe Murrary, Oliver Foster. Published March 12.
Weekend Walks in a Box, England, Scotland, Wales, Adrian Woodford - With 35 laminated cards to a box, this is a great twist to a walking guide. Each card has a different walk fully described and illustrated. Pocket a card and the protective transparent sleeve provided and enjoy
your day out. The varied range of walks opens up the best of Britain's weekend walking over 1 or 2 days and for all seasons. Charming places to stay are hand-picked for the 2-day routes including small hotels, pubs, B&B's and short-let cottages. Published May 12.
Heights of Madness, Jonny Muir - Swapping the nine-to-five grind for the freedom of the great outdoors, Jonny Muir set off on a 5,000-mile cycling and walking odyssey. His mission? To visit the summit of the United Kingdom's 92 countries - in 92 days. Never mind unexploded shells in Yorkshire, biting bugs in the Cairngorms. The gruelling task of climbing the equivalent of 14 Everests, The Heights of Madness is a celebration of our homeland's high places. If you've ever wondered what the highest point in Norfolk is, or why 500,000 people climb Snowdon every year, this is the book for you. Published August 09. K
Ramble On, Sinclair McKay - A history of walking and our relationship with the British countryside. On the afternoon of Sunday April 24, 1932, a group of approximately five hundred men and women set out for the summit of Kinder Scout, the highest point in Derbyshire's Peak District. They were not here to take in the fresh air and breathtaking vistas: they were here to make a stand. Kinder Scout, like almost every other site of natural beauty in Britain at that time, was privately owned and fiercely guarded. This wild, open landscape was one that they had absolutely no right to visit. Ramble On tells the story of how country walks and rambling were transformed from a small and often illegal pastime to the most popular recreational activity in the country.
But the story of rambling is not so much about parliamentary acts as it is about the remarkable people who campaigned for (and in some cases against) the pastime. There was a Lancastrian town council accountant called Alfred Wainwright, who in the 1950s changed his life, and the lives of many others, when he popularised walking in the Lake District with his series of guides. And any history of rambling would be incomplete without mentioning the resistant landowners – from the notorious Nicholas Van Hoogstraten to celebrities such as Madonna and Jeremy Clarkson – who have done their level best (and worst) to keep walkers off their land. Above all, this tale is about the exhilaration of a gusty hill-top path; the curious unease that a labyrinthine dark forest floor can induce; the feel of different soil, peat and rock; the sight of alternating sunlight and shadow sweeping across vast valleys. Ramble On is for anyone who has ever pulled on a pair of walking boots or is partial to the taste of Kendal mintcake. Published June 12. K
Book of Britain's Coastal Walks - Featuring more than 100 routes from around the shores of England, Wales and Scotland, the Book of Britain's Coastal Walks offers something for everyone. Whether a family on a day out at the seaside, an experienced rambler along coastal paths or just someone wanting to explore a new and fascinating coastal landscape, this book provides a wealth of routes that are well worth exploring. The six regions of
the book (Southwest England; Southeast England; Eastern England; Northern England; Wales; Scotland) contain a selection of walks at varying levels of difficulty. Each walk has a clear, easy-to-follow map and route description and is accompanied by a detailed background history about the local area. Information about local parking, toilets and dog friendliness are also provided alongside beautiful photography of Britain at its very best. Published
100 Greatest Walks in Britain - These 100 greatest walks in Britain have been chosen by Country Walking magazine, Britain's bestselling walking journal, and contain all the information you need to enjoy hiking in the very best of Britain's countryside. Each walk is printed on amazing waterproof and tear-proof paper and bound in a loose-leaf ring binder so it can be used again and again and taken out in all weathers. Split into
regional sections, each walk guide contains a map, a detailed route guide and invaluable information on how to get there, where to park, how long and arduous each walk is, where you will be able to find refreshments, and information on public transport. Published May 10.
The National Three Peaks Walk: 4th edition. Including information on the 4th Peak Slieve Donard Northern Ireland, Brian Gordon Smailes. Published January 09.
Tracks: Walking the Ancient Landscapes of Britain, Philip Hughes - In over 140 superbly reproduced artworks, the distinguished artist Philip Hughes records eleven iconic walks across the length and breadth of Britain, from Allt Coire Pheiginn in Scotland to Zennor Head in
Cornwall. Inspired and informed by maps, aerial photographs and the latest electronic survey techniques, Hughes's clean, spacious artworks, with their arresting blocks of colour, make contemporary some of the most ancient and formidable landmarks of the British Isles. This is a beautiful, reflective book that will resonate with artists, walkers and anyone who shares a deep love of art and landscape. Eleven sections, organized geographically by
location, come complete with short introductions by the artist, noting key routes and impressions, and illustrated by Ordnance Survey map openers. Each section features important local heritage sites, whether Neolithic settlements such as Maes Howe in Orkney, standing stones such as Stonehenge in Wiltshire, mountains of special geological interest such as the Three Peaks in Yorkshire, or locations of particular mystery and beauty such as Silbury
Hill, the oldest and tallest artificial mound in Europe. Published May 12.
||The Coast to Coast Walk, Karen Frenkel - It's now nearly 40 years since Alfred Wainwright devised the elegant concept of a 190-mile walk across the north of England, linking the west and east coasts and covering some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. This book is a celebration of the magnificent landscapes on the walk from St. Bee's Head on the Irish Sea to Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea. It highlights the changes in light, landscape and weather throughout the seasons which produce such a variety of different moods along the route. which passes through three of the country's most beautiful national parks (the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors) along with other less well-known but equally lovely regions, such as the Vales of Eden and Mowbray. The Coast to Coast encompasses a remarkable diversity of geology and land use which is reflected in its ever-changing character. By hours of planning and repeatedly returning to the route throughout the year, landscape photographer Karen Frenkel has captured its different moods and those transient moments when light and landscape combine to produce this beautiful and unusual set of images. Together with informative captions of both her experiences and information about the area, it is a beautiful record for the thousands of people who walk this route, but do not have the time nor weather to record it in such detail for themselves. Published March 12.||
The Wild Rover: A Blistering Journey Along Britain's Footpaths, Mike Parker - Provocative, funny and personal, this book celebrates Britain’s unique and extraordinary network of footpaths. It examines their chequered and surprisingly turbulent history, from
the Enclosures Acts of the eighteenth century to the 1932 Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout in Derbyshire; and from the hard-won post-war establishment of great National Trails like the Pennine Way to the dramatic latter-day battles by the likes of Nicholas van Hoogstraten and Madonna to keep ramblers off their land. The story ranges far and wide, to all corners of the country and beyond, and is filled with the many characters that Mike engages
with along the way - the poets and artists, farmers and ramblers, landowners and Rights of Way officers and campaigners, historians, archivists and anyone else who crosses his path (or even tries to block it). Published March 12.
Walks Through Britain's History AA - Step back in time with Walks Through Britain's History, containing more than 100 walks, each with a historical theme. Ideal for both history buffs and walkers alike, this family reference book includes routes from the country's past in chronological
order from Ancient Britain and the Roman occupation right up to the 19th and 20th centuries. All the circular routes are between 2 and 10 miles and feature detailed maps and directions alongside fascinating background information on the route. The walks are beautifully illustrated with photography, artefacts, maps and a timeline that runs throughout the book. A free 128 page pocket version accompanies the book as a practical aid for those eager to
head out and try the routes. Published September 11.
Wildlife Walks: Great Days Out at over 500 of the UK's Top Nature Reserves, Malcolm Tait - Published in conjunction with the Wildlife Trusts, this superb guide comprehensively covers more than 500 of the UK's top nature reserves, all of them owned and managed by the unique network of 47 Wildlife Trusts. Each entry includes information on access/conditions, opening times, facilities, how to get there, and local attractions. It is
illustrated throughout with many colour photographs and maps. Wildlife Walks is the only guide you'll need to plan a great family day out. Published September 10.
Britain's Best Coastal Walks, Andrew McCloy and Stephen Whitehorn - Accompanied by beautiful colour photography, "Britain's Best Coastal Walks" celebrates the varied treasures to be found on the coastlines of England, Wales and Scotland. Andrew McCloy has devised 15 two to three-day walks
along sections of Britain's most famous coastal paths, which are shown on clear and detailed maps. His commentaries focus on the unique treats the seaside has to offer the senses, be it the squall of gulls, brisk winds or warming sunshine. He explores sites including the rollercoaster chalk cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, the hidden bays of South Cornwall, the fishing villages of the North Yorkshire coast and the beautiful Gower
peninsula in Wales. "Britain's Best Coastal Walks" is the essential companion for anyone who loves the sea and wants to gain maximum enjoyment from exploring the British coast. This title is suitable for: readers looking for inspiration for their next walking weekend or holiday in Britain; and those with an affinity for the sea and the Great Outdoors. Published January 11.
|Mountain Words- A survey of books on walking and climbing in Britain 1983-2008, Chris Harle & Graham Wilson - Mountain literature revisited: Five essays by Boardman Tasker Prize shortlisted author Graham Wilson, with Chris Harle’s detailed bibliography of UK climbing and walking books published over the last 25 years. A must for climbing and walking literature enthusiasts and collectors. Published June 09||
Julia Bradbury's Railway Walks, Julia Bradbury - Accompanying the six-part BBC 2 series, the six walks featured in this book follow the old tracks, overgrown cuttings and ancient viaducts which are the legacy of 'The Beeching Axe'. Julia Bradbury looks at how the rise and fall of the railways has altered the lives of communities across the country. Today, many of the thousands of old branch lines which were closed in the 1960s are now
the treasured stomping grounds of ramblers and hikers. This book follows six of these beautiful walks, all offering an insight into Britain's industrial heritage: the Monsal Trail in Derbyshire, Dolgellau to Barmouth in Snowdonia, Cornwall's Coast to Coast Trail, the Strathspey Railway, Weymouth to Portland, and Callander to Loch Tay in Perthshire. Fully illustrated with maps and photographs of Julia walking the routes and the spectacular surrounding
landscapes, Julia Bradbury's Railway Walks will inspire you to don your walking boots and explore Britain's lost rail empire. The book covers six different walks: 1. Derbyshire- The Monsal Trail 2. Snowdonia - Dolgellau to Barmouth 3. Cornwall - Coast to Coast Trail 4. Speyside - The Strathspey Railway 5. Weymouth - Harbouring History 6. Perthshire - Callander to Loch Tay. Published October 10.
Canal Walks, Julia Bradbury - Seasoned stomper Julia Bradbury dons her walking boots once again to explore the canals of Britain and their accompanying towpath trails. Accompanying the four part BBC television series, the walks featured in this book follow a hidden network of locks, bridges, aqueducts
and tunnels, perfect for walkers wanting to explore on foot. It was canals that transformed Britain into an economic superpower, the transport arteries at the heart of an expanding industrial age. By the late 1700s Canal Mania was sweeping the nation and a new and growing network of transport superhighways dominated the landscape. Canals had arrived connecting towns and cities with Britain's industrial heartlands and export hubs. Here are four of the
best walks, all offering an insight into Britain's industrial heritage. Navigating Highland Glens, rolling countryside, river valleys and our industrial heartland these waterways cut a sedate path through some of the country's finest scenery. Today, over 2,000 miles of restored canals offer a gateway into a different world. This book covers four different walks: 1. Llangollen Canal- 'A Stream Through The Skies' (North Wales) 2. Caledonian Canal-
'From Coast to Coast' (Highlands) 3. Worcester & Birmingham Canal- 'Industrial Revelations' (Birmingham) 4. Kennet & Avon Canal- 'Restoration & Renaissance' (Bath) Published March 11.
Cool Canals Weekend Walks (Britain), Phillippa Greenwood and Martine O'Callaghan. Published March 2010.
AA Pocket Book of Britain's Walks - Walking is one of the most popular activities in Britain. Featuring more than 100 routes from across the country, this fantastic, pocket-sized book, offers something for everyone. Providing a wealth of walks around both well-known landmarks and hidden gems that are well
worth exploring. Each walk has a clear easy-to-follow map and route description, plus there is advice on parking, toilets, distance and landscape. Published March 11.
Vinters Railway Gazetteer, Jeff Vinter - A guide to Britain's old railways that you can walk and cycle. Published April 11.
Walkers Britain AA - This beautifully illustrated walking guide features the highlights of 30 of Britain's best long-distance footpaths, including the Pennine Way, the Isle of Wight Coastal Path and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Each route is divided into sections that can be covered in an average day's walk, with details on
where to stop for a break and what to see on the way. Each route section is described in detail, with detailed, full-colour mapping. Practical information is also provided on where to park the car, as well as guidance on public transport and accommodation along the way. Published May 11.
|Ramblers Best Walks Britain - Commemorating 75 years of the Ramblers, Britain's biggest charity working to promote walking and improve conditions for all walkers, this beautiful hardback book features 75 of Britain's best walks: one for each year the organisation has been in existence with each walk selected by, and a favourite of, the Ramblers. This beautiful book is packed with colour photographs and maps featuring the best 75 walks to be found in Britain as chosen by the Ramblers. Each walk has a special meaning;: sometimes a local group has worked hard to improve access for walkers along the route, at other times it might be that the views along the way are exceptional. The walks vary in length and difficulty to allow for all abilities. Published September 10.||
The UK's County Tops, Jonny Muir - Inspiring guide to 82 walking routes reaching the tops of the UK's 91 historic counties in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, from Inverness-shire's Ben Nevis (1344m) to Huntingdonshire's Boring Field (80m) visiting 10 national parks and the full range of UK
countryside. OS maps, colour photography, lots of interesting county facts. Published September 11.
||Hamish's Groats End Walk: One Man and his Dog on a Hill Route Through Britain and Ireland, Hamish Brown - Soon after completing the first continuous round of the Munros and publishing the phenomenally successful Hamish's Mountain Walk, Hamish Brown took to the outdoors and writing full time. With his famous Shetland Collie, Storm, he walked from John O'Groats to Lands End over the summer of 1979. A historical snapshot the resulting book is also an in depth look at these islands. Hamish took his time to meet people and to search out the soul of Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. The result is the classic Hamish's Groats End Walk. Published March 11.|
Two Feet, Four Paws: Walking the Coastline of Britain,
Spud Talbot-Ponsonby - Take one headstrong dog and a feisty young woman,
and send them off on a walk for the equivalent distance of London to
Delhi. Tess the dog flirts outrageously with good-looking farmers and
charms unsuspecting toddlers into parting with their ice creams as her
apologetic owner follows. From sleepy fishing villages to urban streets,
spotting avocets and flamingos along the way, Spud slows life down for a
year and experiences the coastline of Britain with its eccentric mix of
innovation and tradition as she walks an impressive 4,500 miles to raise
money for charity. "Two Feet, Four Paws" is the heart-warming tale of one
dog and her woman, who face the daily physical and mental challenges with
a sense of humour and more determination with each mile. Published April
Hill Walking, The Official Handbook of the Mountain Leader and Walking Group Leader Schemes, Steve Long - This is a major reference book for every walker as well as for those who wish to lead groups in the British hills. It's functional design with easy reference colour coded pages, striking illustrations that complement the text and accurate mapping make this book an indispensable guide to the skills required for summer hill walking. The publisher (Mountain Leader Training) has been at the forefront in the development of walker's skills for forty years. This book is the first of a series of manuals for walkers and climbers and has been produced by collaboration between the authors at the Mountain Training Trust's centre, Plas y Brenin, and experts within Mountain Leader Training. Published April 03.
The Ridges of England, Wales and Ireland: Scrambles,
Rock Climbs and Winter Routes, Dan Bailey - Who could
resist a good ridge? Stony tightropes stringing the peaks, gap-toothed
like jawbones; chiselled crests spearing out of sea surge or corrie shadow
- such things are the stuff of climbing dreams. This book complements the
Cicerone guide "Scotland's Mountain Ridges", describing and celebrating
the best routes of their type across the rest of Britain and Ireland, and
bringing them all together in one place for the first time. From balmy
(and occasionally barmy) seaside trips and roadside quick fixes to
strenuous snowy days in the high hills, the selection described here
reflects the diversity of mountaineering and traditional climbing in our
islands, and the dazzling patchwork quilt of contrasting landscapes in
which these adventures can be enjoyed. Within the broad scope of the
ridges theme there's something special for everyone, scrambling beginners
and hardened climbers alike. Published June 09
Coast: The Walks, BBC Books - Accompanying BBC2's BAFTA award-winning television series, "Coast: The Walks" will inspire you to explore the best that the coastline of the British Isles has to offer. With more than 50 fantastic walks around Great Britain and Ireland, this
practical guidebook features a variety of town and rural routes that are designed to suit both experienced walkers and those who fancy nothing more taxing than an afternoon stroll. Whether you crave the rugged beauty of Antrim and Skye, the seaside fun of Brighton and Great Yarmouth, the majestic cliffs of the Cornish and Pembrokeshire peninsulas, or the history of our great coastal cities, such as Aberdeen, Belfast, Dublin, Hull, Liverpool and Plymouth,
"Coast: The Walks" includes all these places, and many more besides. As well as offering invaluable advice that will enable you to plan your day out, and tried-and-tested instructions to guide you on your way, the book helpfully highlights points of interest along the route: historic sites and buildings, topographical features, and wildlife to watch out far as you go - each illustrated with a colour photograph. Equally at home in the car or on the
bookshelf, "Coast: The Walks" will encourage you to get out there and make the most of our wonderfully diverse and endlessly fascinating 10,000 miles of coastline. Published March 08
National Trust Rambler's Notebook - The National Trust cares for some of Britain's most beautiful locations to take a walk - from green space on your doorstep to really wild and remote landscapes. This book is
designed to make the most of these walks. Whether you are out for a gentle stroll, hiking across moorland or scrambling along cliff paths, making notes of your experience - who you were with, the flora and fauna you came across - will transform your day out into a long-lasting memory. As well as unstructured record pages, it includes a directory of 50 walks of varying difficulty and length (including grid ref for starting point), plus Top Ten
Wildlife Walks and it also includes the Countryside Code plus tips on dogs in the countryside and how to protect yourself. Illustrated throughout with evocative photographs of National trust landscapes - each captioned and identified. Published July 09
1066 and Rather More - A Walk Through History, Huon Mallalieu - Huon retraces the footsteps of Harold Godwinson's English army in autumn 1066 as they raced from their crushing defeat of the invading Norwegian army at Stanford Bridge in Yorkshire to the fateful encounter with William's Norman army at Hastings in Sussex a distance of over 250 miles which was covered in less than two weeks by exhausted, often wounded, heavily armed men. The rhythm of the walk and the sights along the way prompt thoughts on history, England and Englishness. Published October 09.
Most Amazing Places to Walk Britain, Readers Digest - Transform every country walk into a journey to remember. This practical touring guide features 200 walks through the best of Britain's countryside, each one specially devised to include amazing views, interesting features and varied landscape. From gentle rambles alongside rivers and canals to exhilarating cliff and hill-top walks, this guide offers walking to suit all interests and abilities. The walks are described in clear step-by-step instructions, each one accompanied by a detailed map, and are arranged by region and country with large regional maps for easy reference. Illustrated throughout with stunning photographs capturing the drama and beauty of the landscape, this book is the perfect travelling companion. Published June 09.
A Walk in the Woods: Exploring
Britain's Greatest Woodland, Archie Miles - An illustrated tour of fifty of
Britain's greatest woodland walks with specialist tree photographer and writer
Archie Miles, published in association with the Woodland Trust. From beech
woods, oak woods and pine woods to ancient forest, coastal woodland, ravine
woodland and the very best arboreta. A Walk in the Woods ranges over
twenty-five different topics and a wide geographical range, and includes
encounters with some of Britain's most ancient and characterful trees.
Spellbinding photographs taken throughout the seasons show the diverse
interiors of the woodlands, with a range of views into and out of the woods,
placing them in their landscape context. Also included are accompanying images
of woodland details - fungi, flowers, wildlife, and historic features.
Published September 09.
The Bluffer's Guide to Hiking, Simon Whaley - Do you know your Naismith’s Rule from your Tranter’s Variation? Which of the three Norths should you use when out walking? And why is the definitive map called the definitive map, when it isn’t definitive? Whether you’re new to the hiking world, or wearing holes in your crampons, The Bluffer’s Guide to Hiking takes a light-hearted look at the world of walking. Read it, and you’ll never be lost again … merely temporarily misplaced. Published March 09
Countryfile - Great British Walks,
Cavan Scott - Combining insightful and descriptive writing about our
countryside with easy-to-follow practical information and clear, detailed
mapping, "Countryfile: Great British Walks" will inspire you to visit and
explore some of the most striking areas that our nation has to offer. Covering
100 walks spread across varying terrain, this practical guidebook features a
range of outings, from gentle strolls through peaceful scenery, to more
challenging journeys that take you to the very heart of the Great British
wilderness. Covering regions across the country, from the Peak District and
Lake District in the Heart of England to the highlands of Scotland and the
rolling hills of the South East, this compact guide offers the tried-and
tested knowledge of the Countryfile team - providing detailed descriptions of
routes and levels of difficulty, as well as comprehensive Ordnance Survey
mapping showing precisely how your walk will develop. Simply put, "Countryfile: Great British Walks" offers a wonderful new way to enjoy our inspiring countryside. Published March 10.
The Big Walks of the North, David Bathurst - From the Great Glen Way to the Coast to Coast Path, there is no better way to discover the spectacular diversity of northern Britain’s landscape than on foot. Whether you enjoy exploring green and gently rolling dales or tackling rugged mountain paths, there are walks
here to keep you rambling all year round. An indefatigable walker, David Bathurst has unlaced his boots to produce this invaluable and definitive companion to the ten best-loved long-distance footpaths in the north of Britain, with each split into manageable sections. Combining practical, detailed descriptions with an appreciation of the beauty and history of the British countryside, this in an indispensable guide for both experienced and novice
walkers alike. Published March 10
The Big Walks of the South, David Bathurst. Published March 10. K
The Big Walks of Great Britain, David Bathurst. Published March 06. K
Three Peaks, Ten Tors, Ronald Turnbull -
A look both
serious and humorous at what it takes to do a long-distance or challenge
walk - the mental toughness, experience, the slight madness - plus notes
on planning and undertaking the best such routes. Ronald Turnbull, veteran
of many a long-distance and challenge walk, intersperses sound advice with
wry recollections of his experience of the National Three Peaks Challenge
and other such routes throughout the British Isles.
Suitable for all abilities, the book includes information on 15
long-distance and challenge routes (from 15.5 miles to 50 miles) from the
National Three Peaks Challenge to the Dartmoor Ten Tors route walks. Also
contains route outlines and schedules, tips on minimizing the
environmental impact of challenge routes and suggestions for new ‘three
peaks’ and other long-distance routes. Published Feb 07
On the Trail of the Real McBeth, King of Alba, Cameron
Taylor and Alistair Murray - The iconic character, Shakespeare's Macbeth, is
one of the best known in the English language, but few know that he was a real
person with his own story off stage. Macbeth was not the monstrous caricature
created by Shakespeare; he was a real man who was born in Moray, part of the
Kingdom of Alba, in the early 11th century. From early childhood Macbeth
fought real-life treachery to protect his birthright to the throne and ruled
successfully from 1040 to 1057. Travel what is now Scotland with a touring
itinerary as you follow "On the Trail of the Real Macbeth, King of Alba".
Published September 08.
Lonely Planet Walking in Britain, David Else - This revised and expanded edition covers walking in Britain, from long-distance paths to leisurely day walks. Maps, planning advice, accommodation and transport. recommendations accompany each route. Published April 07.
|A Camera in the Hills: The Life and Work of W.A. Poucher Roly Smith - W.A. Poucher (1891-1988) was a man of diverse talents. He was a pioneering and prolific landscape photographer and the author of a string of illustrated books, among them the famous photographic climbing guides recently reissued by Frances Lincoln. He was also known as 'the father of British perfumery' and was employed for more than thirty years as chief perfumer at Yardleys. His three-volume textbook Perfumes, Cosmetics and Soaps, first published in 1923, is still in print. Roly Smith tells the story of a true English eccentric, a man in love with fast cars, mountain scenery, mascara and lipstick, and recounts his dramatic formative experiences during the First World War, his dogged determination to succeed with a sure eye for composition and a nose said to be able to distinguish 1,000 different scents, and his eventual recognition and celebrity. Published Oct 08||
Walk into Prehistory, Bill Bevan - A unique illustrated guidebook to walking 40 of Britain and Ireland's most important and impressive prehistoric monuments. Ranging from stone circles and henges to hillforts and burial chambers, Bill Bevan describes how these monuments were deliberately built and
located to be seen and approached from certain directions. Processional routes led to ceremonies at stone circles, henges and tombs. Hillforts were built and designed to look imposing from specific directions to deter potential attackers. There are even ancient long-distance paths like the Ridgeway which are accessible today. The walks lead you back in time from the modern landscape to reconstruct in the mind's eye what the prehistoric landscape
would have looked like. The history and significance of each monument is discussed and generously illustrated with new colour photographs. For each walk there is a specially commisioned colour map and directions and there are also grid references OS map recommendations and difficulty gradings, with family friendly walks highlighted. From Stonehenge to Skara Brae, from the imposing hillfort at Ingleborough to the Newgrange tomb illuminated by the
widwinter sunrise, this book helps you to follow in the footsteps of the people who created Britain's extraordinary ancient heritage. Published Oct 11.
A Coast to Coast Walk Second Edition from St Bees Head to
Robin Hood's Bay. A Wainwright and Chris Jesty - This is the first fully
revised and updated edition of A. Wainwright's pocket-sized guide to the Coast
to Coast Walk which he devised in the early 1970s. Over the years this
190-mile walk - from St Bees Head on the Irish Sea by way of the Lake
District, the Pennines, Swaledale and the North York Moors, ending at Robin
Hood's Bay on the North Sea - has become one of the best-loved long-distance
routes in the world. It has prompted countless enthusiasts to lace up their
walking boots and follow Wainwright's example, and inspired a TV series too.
This brand new edition of the Pictorial Guide contains Wainwright's hand-drawn
route maps and his inimitable commentary, completely revised where necessary
by Chris Jesty. The route is picked out in red for greater visibility on the page, and every step of the walk has been checked and updated. Published June 10.
For more Coast to Coast see Long Distance General
The UK Trailwalker's Handbook - a directory of long-distance paths in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland compiled by the Long Distance Walkers' Association, covering 730 national trails, long-distance paths and anytime challenges, with regional overview maps and an index of walking guide publishers and support companies. The UK has a network of long-distance trails currently covering 60,000 miles of footpath and growing steadily. Millions walk along them every year - some walking a complete route, some just walking a stretch on holiday, at weekends or even as part of their daily commute. But where are all these trails and what are they like? How do you find one that suits you and matches your timescale? What maps, guidebooks or websites do you need and where can you find them? Does anyone run a 'sherpa' service? These questions and many more are answered by this 8th edition of the book giving you all the information you need to select the best route. Published Nov 09.
Coast to Coast with Wainwright,
Alfred Wainwright and Derry Brabbs - This is a new edition of the classic photographic book containing the
walk A. Wainwright devised in 1973, covering rights of way and areas of open
access between the Irish sea and the North Sea. The route passes through three
National Parks: the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York
Moors, all areas of outstanding beauty. Providing a wide and varied range of
scenery with changing landscapes over a distance of 190 miles, it is one of
the most challenging of long-distance walks. The text has been updated to take
account of minor changes in the terrain and the result is not merely the most
beautiful but also the most authoritative and useful book on the much loved
Coast to Coast walk. For this new edition, many of the photographs have been
retaken by the legendary lakeland photographer, Derry Brabbs. The result is
the transformation of an already fine book into something spectacular.
Published February 09
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The Mountains of England and Wales, vol 2, John and Anne Nuttall - This book describes how to ascend the 251 'Nuttall' summits in England, in a series of 58 walks. These form part of the total of 439 mountain summits in England and Wales which reach the height of 2000 feet or more. It covers the routes and summits in the Lake District, Cheviots, North Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, Peak District and Dartmoor. Published September 08.
Ancient Feet, Alan Nolan - Will their Ancient Feet
carry them there? Will a diet of pies and pasties prove to be the right
preparation for the physical challenge of walking over 190 miles? Will
their friendship survive twelve days in each other's company? Why is one
of them carrying three enormous onions? Following Alfred Wainwright's
route across the north of England, their hilarious adventures unfold as
one of them begins to believe he has much in common with his hero,
particularly when he discovers that Mr Wainwright had an unusual, and
unpublicised, encounter with a buzzard. Published October 08.
|The Walker's Friend, June Palmer - ‘I have two doctors, my left leg and my right’ G. M. Trevelyan As Henry David Thoreau said, an early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day – a time to breathe fresh air and feel the grass under your feet, replenish the spirits and calm the mind, and let the thoughts flow while enjoying nature’s bounteous pleasures. Hikers, ramblers, dog walkers and casual strollers will savour this beautifully designed collection of quotations and excerpts from classic and contemporary writing, both humorous and evocative, interspersed with practical tips on everything from walking boots to where to spot wildlife. Published June 10||
The Long Distance Walkers Handbook - A comprehensive directory of
long-distance walking routes in Britain. The walks are listed alphabetically
and according to distance in miles and kilometres, and the volume also
includes details of walks of 20 miles and above. Endorsed by the Long Distance
Walkers Association (LDWA), this seventh edition incorporates approximately
100 additional paths, with maps that have been redrawn to incorporate the
additional walks. Published April 02.
National Trails: The National Trails of England,
Scotland and Wales, Paddy Dillon -
National Trails were established as part of the post-war programme to keep areas of Britain "special" and to protect them from development. The first such route, the Pennine Way, opened in 1965, and since then another 14 have been designated in England and Wales, with a further 4 in Scotland. Together, the National Trails cover well over 5000 kilometres (3100 miles), each one with unique qualities which explore the rich, scenic and historic countryside of Britain. Even the most dedicated long-distance walker would take over 200 days to walk them all, but most are happy to explore them one after another over several annual holidays. With its route descriptions, photographs and profiles, this book is not only an invaluable reference for anyone researching our National Trails, but is in itself a celebration of these wonderful routes across Britain's landscape. Paddy Dillon has walked all the National Trails twice, and keeps abreast of all the latest developments. Published Oct 07
Stepping Out: A Tenderfoot's Guide to the Principles,
Practices and Pleasures of Countryside Walking - This book invites the
casual walker to put on a light pack, lace up a pair of hiking boots, and
set off on a journey through the countryside. Brimming with useful advice
and helpful hints, and packed with engaging stories and anecdotes, it
uncovers the delights and pleasures of travelling on one's own two feet.
With a comfort-loving author as your guide, the reader will discover the
'how to,' the 'what it's like,' and the 'why you'll love it' aspects of
long-distance walking in Great Britain and beyond. With wit and wisdom,
this candid, light-hearted guide speaks to everyone who has ever been
tempted to walk a little further, for a little longer, on an unfamiliar
path. Published July 08.
Rucksack Guide - Mountain Walking and Trekking Rucksack Guide, Alun Richardson - Mountain Walking and Trekking is your essential handbook for when on the mountain. It offers concise guidance and support for whatever situations you might find yourself in, including: technical skills - tips and reminders on the key techniques weather - from interpreting weather maps to dealing with thunderstorms navigation - various techniques including using a compass the setting the map safety - essential procedures to ensure the safety of yourself, your party and others on the mountain emergencies - guidance on what to do in extreme situations. The book is colour-coded for easy reference and all information is presented in lists and tables, making it simple to understand interesting conditions. The Rucksack Guide series is taken from Mountaineering: The essential skills for mountain walkers and climbers - the definitive handbook for hill walkers, climbers and mountaineers. Published September 08
Industrial Heritage Walks in Britain, AA Publishing -
Enjoy the best of Britain's industrial heritage with this fascinating
collection of guided walks taking you step-by-step through areas bearing
the scars of industry, in towns, villages and open countryside. Each of
the 50 themed walks featured in "Industrial Heritage Walks in Britain" is
ideal for walkers of all levels and has been researched by the AA's walk
experts. Places of interest, as well as where to stop for refreshments are
given and each walk has its own easy-to-follow 2-colour map, on which the
route is marked. With lots of helpful tips, "Industrial Heritage Walks in
Britain" is the ideal guide to exploring Britain's fascinating industrial
heritage. Published January 08.
Waterside Walks in Britain, AA Publishing - Enjoy the
best of Britain's waterside areas with this fascinating collection of
guided walks taking you step-by-step along the seashore, rivers, canals,
inland lakes, streams and reservoirs. Each of the 50 themed walks featured
in "Waterside Walks in Britain" is ideal for walkers of all levels and has
been researched by the AA's walk experts. Places of interest, as well as
where to stop for refreshments are given and each walk has its own
easy-to-follow 2-colour map, on which the route is marked. With lots of
helpful tips, "Waterside Walks in Britain" is the ideal companion to a
family day out. Published January 08.
Wildlife Walks in Britain, AA Publishing - Enjoy the best
of Britain's wildlife areas with this fascinating collection of guided walks
taking you step-by-step through nature reserves, wildlife parks, towns,
villages and open countryside. Each of the 50 themed walks featured in
"Wildlife Walks in Britain" is ideal for walkers of all levels and has been
researched by the AA's walk experts. Places of interest, as well as where to
stop for refreshments are given and each walk has its own easy-to-follow
2-colour map, on which the route is marked. With lots of helpful tips,
"Wildlife Walks in Britain" is the ideal companion to a family day out.
Published January 08.|
200 Challenging Walks in Britain and Ireland, Richard Gilbert - Includes the best walks on mountains, moors, hills, downs and along rugged coastal hill tops. "I have been delighted with the ideas the book gives. It is easy to navigate by region and the one line summaries at the top of each chapter indicate the map, start/finish, a distance and time for each route. The routes are truly challenging and I have rarely completed a full route mainly due to transport issues. However they have enabled me to plan routes in areas I would otherwise not have ventured into without someone's personal recommendation. I have always felt the descriptions and timing accurate for a person of above average fitness and an experienced mountain walker." Buyer Review. Published May 04.
The Relative Hills of Britain, Alan Dawson -
How many hills are there in Britain? Has anyone climbed them all? Where is
there for hill walkers to go in the south of England? What is a hill
anyway? The answers to these and other questions will be found in "The
Relative Hills of Britain". This book dispenses with the common assumption
that a hill must be at least 2000ft high to be worth climbing. Instead it
concentrates on listing all the hills that are relatively high compared to
the surrounding land, rather than compared to sea level. This approach
leads to some interesting results: for example, the highest points in the
Cotswolds and Chilterns, Campsies and Quantocks are all included, as well
as the main summits on numerous Scottish islands, whereas well-known
mountain summits such as Cairn Gorm, Bowfell and Carnedd Dafydd do not
qualify. Published March 92.
|Discovering Green Lanes, Valerie Belsey - For anyone interested in green lanes, this handbook shows how to identify them on the ground, how to recognise them on antique maps and how to locate documents and other records which will reveal who used them in past times. Valerie Belsey also discusses their ecological value, the current controversy about who should be able to use them, and how to get involved in restoring and protecting lanes in your area. The book includes contact information, key dates in highway history and sample survey forms for recording wildlife in your local green lane. Published April 01|
|The Weekend Fix, Craig Weldon - In this light-hearted coming-of-age tale Craig Weldon, directionless except for his love of the hills, wanders Scotland, Wales and England having fun outdoors. This delightful book is a lively account of hill-walking in all weathers and up and down every possible terrain, braving Welsh farmers, Knoydart rain, the terrors of the Cuillin, and the real ales of Yorkshire. From Sutherland in the Far North to the rolling downs of Gloucestershire, Craig and his friends search out their Weekend Fix. For hill walkers this is an easy guide to the hills, informative and amusing. If you’ve never been on a hill in your life this book will make you think again about the landscape around you, and the challenges to courage, determination and the human spirit to be found only a few miles from home, wherever you live in Britain. Published 09.||Backpacker's Britain, Graham Uney - This guide provides wide coverage of the mountain ranges of Wales from north to south. The walking routes cover every range from Snowdon, the Glyderau and Carneddau in the north, down to the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons and Fforest Fawr ranges in the south. Published June 04.||
The Secrets of Countryside Access, Dave Ramm - An Illustrated Guide to Finding, Using and Enjoying Public Paths (Rambling for Pleasure) Limited availability. Published April 06
History Walks in Britain, AA Publishing - Enjoy the best of
historical Britain with this fascinating collection of guided walks taking you
step-by-step through towns, villages and open countryside. Each of the 50
themed walks featured in "History Walks in Britain" is ideal for walkers of
all levels and has been researched by the AA's walk experts. Places of
interest as well as where to stop for refreshments are given and each walk has
its own easy-to-follow 2-colour map, on which the route is marked. With lots
of helpful tips, "History Walks in Britain" is the ideal companion to a family
day out. Limited availability. Published January 08.
Coast to Coast Walk: Map and Guide: East (Long Distance Walks Maps), Footprint. Published April 03
Coast to Coast Walk: Map and Guide: West (Long Distance Walks Maps), Footprint. Published April 03
Coast to Coast (East) - Harvey Walker's Route XT40 version. Published Sept 03
Coast to Coast (West) - Harvey Walker's Route XT40 version. Published July 08
Long Distance Path Chart (Walkers Routes), Harvey. Published Nov 02
Log Cabin Holidays Directory - an easy to use, no frills list of log cabin holiday destinations throughout the UK.
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