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Lost Railway Walks, Julian Holland - 100 selected walks across the length and breadth of Britain’s lost railway lines. Each walk includes a short history of the railway before it closed, a description of what can be seen along it today, practical details such as car parking, access by public transport, a detailed route map and historical and modern day photographs. 4,500 miles of railway and 2,000 stations were closed between 1963 and
the mid-1970s. While many of these still remain hidden away in the undergrowth or have been lost to road improvements and urban or industrial development, a growing number continue to be slowly reopened both as recreational footpaths and cycle ways and as wildlife corridors. Some of our lost railways have also been incorporated into long distance paths, while they all form wildlife corridors in which butterflies, birds, small mammals and wild flowers
flourish. They all provide a perfect setting to enjoy a day’s walk in the countryside. Published March 16.
Coast to Coast Path, Henry Stedman - Fully revised 7th edition of this classic 191-mile walk across northern England from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, inspired by Alfred Wainwright, crossing three fabulous national parks - the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and the North York Moors - it samples the very best of the English countryside - rugged mountains and lakes, gentle dales and stone-built villages; wild moorland; sea cliffs
and fishing villages. 10 town plans and 109 large-scale walking maps - at just under 1:20,000 - showing route times, places to stay, places to eat, points of interest and much more. These are not general-purpose maps but fully-edited maps drawn by walkers for walkers. Itineraries for all walkers - whether walking the route in its entirety over two weeks or sampling the highlights on day walks and short breaks. Practical information for all budgets -
camping, bunkhouses, hostels, B&Bs, pubs and hotels; St Bees through to Robin Hood's Bay - where to stay, where to eat, what to see, plus detailed street plans. Comprehensive public transport information - for all access points on the Coast to Coast Path. Flora and fauna - four page full colour flower guide, plus an illustrated section on local wildlife. Published March 16.
For more Coast to Coast see Long Distance General
A Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles, Emma J Wells - This book leads the modern traveller along some of the key medieval walking routes of Britain, taking in world-famous sites such as Canterbury and Lindisfarne in addition to out-of-the-way places along paths not so widely travelled. Each walking route has easy-to-follow directions that guide walkers step by step on a journey of discovery. Illustrated throughout in colour, this practical
book provides clear maps and informative commentary on the history of each route, as well as its current landscape, shrines, art and architecture, making this an ideal starting point for those looking for new places to visit and routes with a difference to walk. As well as suggesting some fresh walking ideas, the book offers an understanding of the history, significance and practices surrounding the pilgrim routes and sites of Britain, helping us to
follow in the footsteps of our forebears and gain invaluable insights into their medieval world. Published March 16.
Britain's Highest Mountain Walks, Jeremy Ashcroft - An essential guidebook to Britain’s most popular and classic mountains. From the mountaineering editor of Trail magazine this illustrated guide describes 170 of the best walking and scrambling routes and
five ‘challenge’ routes. Every mountain in England and Wales over 3,000 ft, and every mountain in Scotland over 4,000 ft is described. This selection encompasses a wide variety of terrain and routes, from a simple walk up Snowdon to an exhilarating adventure on the towering cliffs of Ben Nevis. Each route includes detailed description of each descent and ascent, alternative routes to suit different preferences, levels of ability, and experience,
relief maps showing each peak and their approaches and hand drawn illustrations highlight points of interest and changes to the terrain. Published September 13.
|Unforgetable Walks, Julia Bradbury - To accompany her primetime ITV series, Unforgettable Walks, Julia Bradbury takes us on eight of the UK's best-loved walks, showcasing the beauty of Britain and navigating the reader through the sights and sounds, the flora and fauna and the past and present of eight fascinating and relaxing paths, all of them well-trodden but still full of discoveries waiting to be made, including some excellent pubs. Both a practical guide and a love letter to walking and walkers, this book explores who walkers are and how walking across a landscape brings its people together, and shows how even those who don't live in the countryside are never more than a train ride away from stunning natural beauty. Drawing on the great British nature writing tradition and accompanied with maps and illustrations, this beautiful book will fit as well on a bookshelf as in a rucksack. Each of the walks featured in the book is under 10 miles. Collectively they cover the whole range of Britain's diverse and beautiful landscapes, from the Jurassic coast of Dorset and the rich history of the South Downs to the breathtaking home-grown scenery of the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales. Join Julia as she goes in search of the perfect walk with a view. Published February 16. K||
150 Great Walks in Britain, Duncan Petersen Published - Walking is Britain's favourite leisure pursuit. Here is a unique guide with an added twist - the walks, although everyone will enjoy all of them, have popular themes, such as family walks, weekend walks, nature walks, pub walks and longer walks. All are brought together in an unbeatably practical package. A looseleaf binder that racks like a book. Each walk on a
detachable page. Plastic sleeve to keep the page clean and dry as you walk - simply re-file in binder after. Along with classic walks in England, Scotland and Wales there are many that are well off the beaten track. Plus a new feature not yet seen in guides of this sort: photo-aids for route finding when the path is unclear. National Trust land and properties highlighted. Published August 15.
Walking Home: Great British Adventures and Other Rambles, Clare Balding - Clare Balding is on a mission to discover Britain and Ireland. She's conquered over 1,500 miles of footpaths, from the Pennine Way to the South-west Coast Path. As well as blisters and a twisted ankle, she's walked with extraordinary people - botanists, barefooted ramblers, whisky-drinking widowers...In Walking Home she shares these stories and tells
of more (mis)adventures with her family and her wayward Tibetan terrier Archie. Along the way there are beguiling diversions and life-changing rambles. Finally, Clare embarks on the most important journey of all - the long walk home. Published March 15.
The Walker's Year: A Month-by-Month Guide for Hikers and Ramblers, David Bathurst - This charming and practical handbook is bursting with tips, facts and folklore to guide you through the natural rhythms and seasons of the year. Find out how to identify
flora by colour and shape and discover routes of outstanding natural beauty that can be found across Britain. Also includes useful notes pages for documenting your exploration of countryside, shore, cliffs and forests. Published April 15.
Great Pub, Great Walk, Helen Petersen - This guide brings together two supremely British past-times: pubs and walks. Each route has been carefully researched to unite a truly great walk and a truly great pub, and on these handy pull-out cards the pub walk has never been easier. Each card provides useful
information on the pub: its ales, wines and food, interesting history of the building or landlord, and essential details for the day. The inclusion of a transparent plastic sleeve makes walking possible in every kind of weather, and the cards can be re-used again and again. Published March 15.
The Joy of Walking: For Those Who Love to Roam. Published April 14.
Walk into the Dark Ages: Discover the Greatest Early Medieval Sites of Britain and Ireland - Bill Bevan - Following the acclaimed Walk Into Prehistory, Walk Into the Dark Ages explores approximately 40 of Britain and Ireland’s most important and impressive Dark Ages sites and monuments, providing a beautifully illustrated guidebook for the armchair traveller. It was during the Dark Ages that the four nations of the British Isles were
founded. Saints were deified, kings were buried in rich burials and kingdoms protected themselves with massive boundaries. Walk Into the Dark Ages will shine a light into the period by enabling readers to explore the important sites which are testament to times which were turbulent and sometimes enigmatic, but also the locations of learning. The types of sites featured will include the Saxon shore forts built by the Romans to try to protect Britannia
from Anglo-Saxon invasions, kingly boat burials, long-distance dykes, fortified burghs, Dark Age forts, early Christian monasteries, churches and carved crosses. Presented as individual walks, the routes will lead the reader back in time from the modern landscape to reconstruct in the mind’s eye what the Dark Ages landscape would have looked like – and how these often quiet places today would have been full of activity, noises and smells in the past.
Published September 14.
Footsteps in Summer: Diary of an Epic Walk of Discovery Across Britain - Russell George - When early retirement beckons, Russell George decides to set off on a gruelling 950 mile solo charity walk along the length of Britain from John O'Groats to Land's End, which is about 930 miles further than he's ever walked before. During his journey, he has to cope with an extended heat wave, loneliness, troublesome blisters, a roadside tumble and a
succession of missing signposts and overgrown footpaths. He encounters a variety of incidents, including rescuing a set of keys from a departing train and finding his accommodation double-booked, but manages to maintain a sense of humour throughout. But there's a darker theme. Despite much of the journey passing through countryside, the
rural idyll is disturbed as Russell gradually discovers that his entire route is dotted with the scenes of tragic historical events, including air and rail crashes, maritime and industrial tragedies, battles and wartime destruction, and natural catastrophes. This is an amusing and enlightening tale of an arduous, but rewarding, journey through rural Britain during a glorious long, hot summer, depicting a slower pace of life, dramatic landscapes, an
abundance of nature, and acts of kindness from complete strangers. All of the author royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Cancer Research UK. Published November 14.
High Point - Mark Clarke - In 2008 Mark Clarke embarked on a journey to visit the highest point in each of the eighty-five historic counties in Great Britain. Over the course of four years, he walked over 500 miles and climbed over 100,000 feet, sampling all that is great about Britain along the way. Mark's journey took in the mountainous summits of Scotland and Wales (Ben Nevis, the county top of Inverness-shire, and Snowdon, the
county top of Carmarthenshire) as well as dozens of less visited high points, such as the unfortunately named Boring Field in Huntingdonshire. High Point is Mark's account of his experiences and the challenges he faced in his travels - including suffering a broken leg on a remote hillside in Scotland while walking alone. It is rich with historical information and observations about Britain's counties and serves as an indispensable guide to the
historic and modern counties of Great Britain and their highest points. Each county has its own gazetteer section with information about the county, the county top, Mark's ascent and local information. High point walk directions are accompanied by an Ordnance Survey map to help you plan your own High Point adventure. Published December 14.
Great British Walks: Short Walks in Beautiful Places - The National Trust cares for some of the most spectacular countryside in Britain. This guide features 100 walks from across the country, from the ancient majesty of Avebury's stone circle and the wonder of Giant's Causeway to the dramatic peaks towering about Lake
Windermere. The walks are organised by region, making it easy to explore historical sites, spot wildlife
and stunning views wherever you are. The routes are graded according to ease, from two to eight miles in length, to include family-friendly rambles across parkland, adventurous hikes and everything in between. With information on transport links, facilities, local attractions and fun stuff for the kids, along with maps of each route, this is the perfect guide for exploring Britain's countryside and discovering your new favourite walk. Published
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. Limited availability. Published Sept 15
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.
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.
The National Three Peaks Walk: 4th edition. Including information on the 4th Peak Slieve Donard Northern Ireland, Brian Gordon Smailes. Published January 16.
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
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.
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
|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.||
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
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.
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
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.
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.||
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.
Vinters Railway Gazetteer, Jeff Vinter - A guide to Britain's old railways that you can walk and cycle. Published April 11.
LE-JOG-ed: A Mid-lifers Trek from Lands End to John O'Groats, Robin Richards - The longest walk you can do in Britain, without doubling back on yourself, is Land's End to John O'Groats. And so on a misty, drizzly and frankly uninspiring morning Robin Richards stepped off the bus at Land's End with his boots
blacked and his rucksack ready. It was day sixteen of his redundancy. Robin Richards faced mid-life and redundancy by pulling on his rucksack and setting off to walk from Lands' End to John O'Groats. Le-Jog-ed is his unique story, a travelogue of hill walking, redundancy and humour. The walk from Land's End to John O'Groats is iconic, and Robin uses the miles trekked to present his interesting, insightful and sensitive account that will appeal to all
readers interested in this classic walk. The subject matter of redundancy/early retirement and the trek itself is handled with a light touch and shot through with gentle humour. Published October 13.
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
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
|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.
|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.|
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
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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.
|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.|
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
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.
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
|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 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.
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.
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
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.||
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.
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. Limited availability.
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.
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. Limited availability. Published July 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. Limited availability.
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. Limited availability.
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) Limited availability. Published March 11. |
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.
Limited availability. Published February 09
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. Limited availability. Published October 08.
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. Limited availability. Published July 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.
Limited availability. Published January 08.
Coast to Coast (East) - Harvey Walker's Route XT40 version. Published June 13
Coast to Coast (West) - Harvey Walker's Route XT40 version. Published Feb 14
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
Long Distance Path Chart (Walkers Routes), Harvey. Published Nov 02
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