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Hadrian's Wall Path, Anthony Burton - Since it opened in 2003 Hadrian’s Wall Path has become one of Britain’s most popular long-distance paths. Its 84 miles are a convenient week’s walking, shadowing for the most part the historic line of Hadrian’s Wall in its spectacular progress across the superbly wild landscape of the north of England. Starting in what used to be Tyneside’s shipbuilding heart, and joining Newcastle in the east with Carlisle in the west, it takes you via the extraordinary Roman forts of Vindolanda and Housesteads, close to handsome towns like Hexham and Corbridge, to finish on the lonely shores of the Solway Firth with views of Scotland. This is the official guide to this superb National Trail, published in conjunction with Natural England which administers the path and waymarks it with its familiar acorn signs. Comprehensive and engrossing, it is the only companion you need. Published May 16. 

ISBN: 9781781315712 - Hadrian's Wall Path

The Cumbria Way, John Gillham - A guidebook to the Cumbria Way, a 73-mile long distance path through the heart of the Lake District from Ulverston to Carlisle. The route is largely low-level, and accessible to walkers of all abilities, but this book also describes alternative mountain days which add the Coniston Fells, Glaramara and Skiddaw en route. The route is covered in 5 stages of between 12 and 16 miles, but there is plenty of opportunity to plan your itinerary for a more easy-going 7 to 8 days. This guidebook provides useful information for every stage, from accommodation to available facilities, as well as OS map extract and details on points of interest along the way. Published February 15.

ISBN: 9781852847609 - The Cumbria Way

Walking in Eden, Ron Schoales - This is the third edition of the definitive guide to walking in the Eden Valley, a unique part of Cumbria nestling between Kendal and Carlisle. The walks, both circular and linear, range from 2 to 15 miles and are peppered with fascinating accounts of the history and culture of the area. Outline route maps, inspiring photographs and absorbing background information all add to the value of this unique guide to walking in the Eden Valley, the closest that walkers will get to a paradise on earth! Published February 14. 

ISBN: 9781850589785 - Walking in Eden

 

The Teesdale Way, Martin Collins and Paddy Dillon - This is a fully updated, full-colour edition of this guide. "The Teesdale Way" explores the course of the River Tees for exactly 100 miles from its source in the Cumbrian North Pennines to its outlet at Middlesbrough on the north-east coast. This is a delightful walk through unmatched river scenery including historic sites, SSSIs, pretty villages, woods, rolling farmland and wetlands. Passing as it does from remote Pennine moorland, through traditional Dales towns and finally to Teeside's industrial heartland, the Teesdale Way gives us a fascinating cross-section of the region's social, cultural and economic life. The Way is divided into eight stages of moderate walking and takes about a fortnight to complete, including exploration on all the interesting features, or much less for the more determined walker. The author has included plenty of information on terrain, wildlife and history, accommodation, transport and refreshment, together with a final chapter outlining 10 circular walks around various parts of the Tees for smaller excursions. Detailed sketch maps and photographs accompany each section, together with a mileage chart and useful addresses.  Published April 05.

The Teesdale Way

The Lune Valley and Howgills, Dennis and Jan Kelsall - A new guide to 40 day walks following the Lune 50 miles along the Lune Valley from the Howgill Fells to the Irish Sea at Glasson Dock, Lancaster, between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks and the Forest of Bowland and Arnside and Silverdale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This guide offers a wide range of walks from the north-eastern corner of the Howgills to the edge of the Irish Sea below Lancaster, exploring empty hilltops, open moorland, secluded valley and ancient woodlands. Walks range between 3 and 11 miles, from flat coastal strolls to upland tops and ridges and are all illustrated with extracts of 1:50,000 OS mapping. Also included is a suggested 60-mile, 6-day itinerary for walking the River Lune from end to end and lots of background information about the area's history, geology and also all the local facilities to help you plan your trip.  Published February 12.

ISBN: 9781852846688 - The Lune Valley and Howgills - a Walking Guide

Pub Walks: Walks to Cumbria's Best Pubs, Vivienne Crow - This attractive and cleverly structured guide gives walkers ten of the finest walks to Lakeland pubs in a popular pocketable format. With clear information, an overview and introduction for each walk, expertly written numbered directions, large scale Ordnance Survey maps, superb, eye-grabbing panoramic photographs, and interpretation of points of interest along the way, these guides set a new standard in clarity and ease-of-use. Featured pubs include: Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater, Old Dungeon Ghyll, Langdale, Sun Inn, Coniston, Dog & Gun, Keswick, Three Shires, Little Langdale, Tweedies Bar, Grasmere, Mortal Man, Troubeck, Bridge Hotel, and Buttermere. Published April 12.

Cumbria Way, Paddy Dillon - The Cumbria Way begins at Ulverston and heads north for 73 miles (123 km) across the Lake District, over High Pike to the border city of Carlisle. This waterproof guidebook contains detailed directions, fascinating background, practical information on transport and accommodation, and is supported by 75 colour photographs and dropdown map. Published April 13. 
 

Walks Around Howgills and Dentdale, Sheila Bowker - Ten great walks under ten miles.  Published May 12.

Walking in Cumbria's Eden Valley, Vivienne Crow - A guide to walking in Cumbria's tranquil Eden Valley, between the river's source high in the Pennines and the Scottish border. A wide range of accessible day routes, from 4 to 17 miles in length, past ruined castles, churches and prehistoric settlements with stunning views of the Lake District, Pennines and Scottish hills.  Published June 11. 

ISBN: 9781852846343 - Walking in Cumbria's Eden Valley

Walks to Waterfalls: Walks to Cumbria's Best Waterfalls, Vivienne Crow - This attractive and cleverly structured guide gives walkers ten of the finest walks to Lakeland waterfalls in a popular pocketable format. With clear information, an overview and introduction for each walk, expertly written numbered directions, large scale Ordnance Survey maps, superb, eye-grabbing panoramic photographs, and interpretation of points of interest along the way, these guides set a new standard in clarity and ease-of-use. Featured waterfalls include: Lodore Falls, Aira Force, Scale Force, Stock Ghyll, Skelwith Force, Colwith Force, Stanley Ghyll Force, Tom Gill, The Howk and Holme Force. Published April 12. 

Kiddiwalks in Cumbria and the Lake District, Chris Bagshaw - A selection of twenty circular walks designed for children and family groups which explore the flora and fauna, wildlife and history of the local countryside. Published June 11.

ISBN: 9781846742378 - Kiddiwalks in Cumbria & the Lake District

 

The Cumbria Way: An Illustrated Walking Guide, Peter Jackson -  mywalkingguide.com guidebooks are indispensable companions for all walkers, hikers and trekkers - guide to the 73 miles of the popular Cumbria Way from Ulverston to Carlisle contains 120 colour photographs and details of 136 GPS Waypoints / OS grid references. You also get access to our website to download at no additional cost A list detailing all known accommodation providers on or near the route; A booklet packed with the information you need to enable you to plan and organise your very own perfect walking holiday; An electronic waypoint file for direct upload into your GPS receiver; Updates as and when we know about changes to the route, accommodation providers etc. Published April 12.

ISBN: 9781908098375 - The Cumbria Way

Walks in Silverdale and Arnside, Brian Evans - This is a brand new edition of this popular walking guide to Silverdale and Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), at the top of Morecambe Bay in Cumbria and Lancashire, north west England, overlooking the Lake District. 22 day walks are described and hand-illustrated, between Carnforth, Holme, Milnthorpe and Arnside, climbing wooded hills and limestone escarpments with views of the Lake District fells, visiting nature reserves including Leighton Moss RSPB reserve, crossing the Bay itself to Kents Bank and following the canal. The combinations of rocky coastal scenery, woodland and rough limestone hills either side of the M6 in north Lancashire, make this a paradise for walkers. There is an extensive network of well walked paths through an intricate rocky landscape, a joy to explore. The area is renowned for its flora and fauna, its historic buildings and interesting geological features. Walks are between 2 and 8 miles but packed with interest, taking longer than their mileage implies, and can be combined for longer days.  Published May 10.  K

Walks in Silverdale and Arnside

Settle to Carlisle Hill Walk with Return by Classic Train Route, Hugh Stewart - With over 22,000 feet of ascent in 105 miles, this journey sets out from Settle, taking in some of the classic summits of the North Yorkshire Dales, Howgills and Eastern and Northern Cumbrian Fells. The walk ends at at Carlisle but your travels continue by returning to Settle on one of England's most scenic railway. This 8-day hill walk takes in the summits of Ingleborough, Whernside, Great Coum, before moving on to the Howgills including The Calf with routes over less known ridges into the Eastern Lakeland Fells. On this section of the guide the walk takes in Haweswater Head, High Street, Sheffield Pike, as well as the Dodds, Blencathra, Bowscale Fell and High Pike of the Northern Lakeland Fells. The Author, Hugh Stewart, takes you through each walk - there are eight one for each day - with maps and route descriptions and his own anecdotes. Illustrated with photographs by the author and additional information including points of interest, geological and historical, throughout the book. This is a new route that covers not only sections of classic routes but also visits less known areas of this beautiful and at times remote part of the British Isles. Ideal for confident and experienced walkers.  Published January 11.

ISBN: 9781908098061 - Settle to Carlisle
 

The North West and The Lake District Exploring Woodland, The Woodland Trust - Exploring Woodland is a series of guides from The Woodland Trust that describe and illustrate beautiful woodland sites - both publicly owned and private - in different regions throughout the UK. Fully illustrated with site maps and photographs, these are the essential woodland guides for all tree lovers. This guide covers woodlands in the Lake District National Park and the north-west of England. Published April 08.


ISBN: 9780711226722 - The Northwest and The Lake District

Short Walks for All Ages in Cumbria, Norman Buckley - 20 Short Walks for All the Family. Published February 14. 

Cumbria Way, Paul Hannon - 72 miles through the Lake District.  Published February 05.

Alston and Allendale, Paul Hannon - 22 walks of between 3 and 8 miles in length in the enchanting part of the North Pennines. Includes Ashgill Force, Nent Valley, Whitley Castle, Featherstone Park, The Dodd and Hexhamshire Common. Published June 04

 

 

Waterside Walks in Cumbria & the Lake District, Mark Elliot - Using this book as a guide, you can stroll by delightful stretches of the Cocker, Derwent, Greta, Rothay, Est, and Leven rivers and enjoy the many beautiful lakes and reservoirs, set in stunning scenery, at such places as Derwentwater, Buttermere Lake, Wast Water, Elter Water and, of course, Lake Windermere. There is also the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful coastline and breathtaking views on walks at St Bees, Ravenglass and Haverigg. Published May 09

Drive and Stroll in Cumbria and The Lake District, Chris Bagshaw - A collection of twenty circular routes for those who enjoy a country drive to an attractive spot for a refreshing walk. Includes routes at Scaleby, Caldbeck, Alston, Buttermere and Crosby Ravensworth. With maps and photographs. Published May 08.

 

Coast to Coast on The Ravenber Way, Ron Scholes - From Ravenglass in Cumbria to Berwick-upon-Tweed. Divided into 14 sections. Its route directions, positive and clear, are dovetailed into a running commentary— rather like having a friendly escort, who chats knowledgeably. Distance 210 miles.  Published April 04.

Coast to Coast on the Ravenber Way

Walking with Beatrix Potter Norman and June Buckley - The Beatrix Potter Society Newslett,er, July, 2007 "Delightful... it is not without its humour... The book is primarily targeted towards the family outing... The connection of each walk to Beatrix is fully and interestingly described..." It would make a fine gift.  Published May 07.

ISBN: 9780711227231 - Walking with Beatrix Potter

Waterside Walks in Cumbria, Mark Elliot - Water always add something special to a walk and Cumbria and the Lake District have many notable waterside landscapes to explore. Stroll by delightful stretches of the Cocker, Derwent and Rothay River to name a few, and enjoy the beautiful lakes and reservoirs, set in stunning scenery, at such places as Derwentwater, Buttermere Lake and of course Lake Windermere. Twenty circular walks in total which vary in length from 2 to 8 miles. Published May 09.

Waterside Walks in Cumbria and the Lake District

Walks on the Howgill Fells, A Wainwright -  Originally compiled in the 1950s and early 1960s, the Wainwright walking guides are perhaps the most distinctive and unusual such guides ever devised. The result of painstaking and lengthy research by their namesake and author over a period of 13 years, the guides have retained their original format and design to this day. The books contain intricate hand drawn sketches by the author, detailing routes of ascent and gradients of the hills in and around the Lake District and outlying regions. This particular guide focuses on walks on the Howgill Fells and adjoining fells. Published June 03.

 

A Coast to Coast Walk: A Pictorial Guide, St Bees Head to Robin Hood's Bay, Alfred Wainwright -  Originally compiled in the 1950s early 1960s, the Wainwright walking guides are perhaps the most distinctive and unusual such guides ever devised. The result of research by their namesake and author over a period of 13 years, the guides have retained their original format and design to this day. The books contain intricate hand drawn sketches by the author, detailing routes of ascent, and gradients of the hills in and around the Lake District and outlying regions. "A Coast to Coast Walk" was devised by Wainwright himself and stretches across 190 miles from St Bees Head on the East coast to Robin Hood's Bay on the West, passing through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. Published September 07.

Westmorland Way, Paul Hannon - Across Lakeland from Appleby to Arnside. 7 sections. Includes checklist of facilities. It describes a 95 mile long distance footpath through the outstanding countryside of the old county of Westmorland, travelling all the way from Appleby-in-Westmorland to Arnside. The walk is broken down into manageable days with helpful tips about planning the walk as well as information on the facilities that are available as you pass through various villages. As well as details (in bold print) on the actual walk there is plenty of information on points of interest along the route (in lighter print). Many black and white sketches as well as hand-drawn maps help make this walk come alive, inviting the reader to go along its way. Buyer Review.  Limited availability.  Published February 98.

Walking Country: Lunesdale, Paul Hannon - The Lune Valley is a superb walking area where the Yorkshire Dales meets Cumbria and Lancashire - this neat little guide contains 12 walks, of between 5 and 7˝ miles in length. The routes are concisely described and illustrated, covering every corner of this colourful landscape. Limited availability. Published March 09

Walking Country: Lunesdale

Good Walk, Good Pub Northern Lakes - 20 circular walks for all abilities in the northern Lake District, each with a good pub in the middle. Easy to follow directions and OS mapping. Illustrated with beautiful photography. Limited availability. Published December 07.

Furness Way, Paul Hannon -  75 mile South Lakeland crossing visiting Cartmel, Coniston, and Eskdale. 6 sections. Includes checklist of facilities.  Limited availability. Published October 94.

Cumbria Way and Allerdale Ramble, Jim Watson -  This text describes two trails through Cumbria. The Cumbria Way (75 miles) runs right through the heart of the county from Ulverston to Carlisle. This is classic Lakeland walking taking in both farmland and mountain scenery: Coniston Water, Tarn Hows, the Langdale Pikes, Langstrath, Borrowdale, Derwent-water and Back o'Skiddaw. It is a balanced route that splits into five sections of about 15 miles, on established paths along the valley bottoms and through the fells. A walk of more variety and contrast is The Allerdale Ramble (50 miles). Starting at Seathwaite deep in the Lakeland fells, it travels to Keswick via a scenic walk, and continues through the northern fells via 3000ft Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake to the market town of Cockermouth. Each of these walks can be completed comfortably in a week's holiday for those who are reasonably fit, or can be split into shorter day walks.  Published June 01. Limited availability.

THE CUMBRIA WAY & ALLERDALE RAMBLE

Three Peaks and the Howgill Fells (Freedom to Roam Guides) - Published in association with the Ramblers' Association. Covering the Three Peaks and Howgills, this guide contains directions and maps for twelve new walks through newly opened access land.  Limited availability. Published March 06.

Three Peaks and Howgill Fells Freedom to Roam Guide

The Cumbria Coastal Way: Morecambe Bay to the Solway Firth, Ian and Krysia Brodie - The Cumbria Coastal Way is a continuous walking route from north Lancashire towards the Scottish border and links a number of gems of landscape, wildlife, archaeology and history that are frequently found on this little-known coastline. The route follows the fascinating Cumbria coast from the boundary with Lancashire, around the southern Cumbrian peninsulas with their vast stretches of estuarine sands, through the Lake District National Park and the industrial heritage of the west coast, along the Solway Firth and through rough border country to the historic city of Carlisle with glimpses of Hadrian's Wall, then into Scotland to end at the famous border town of Gretna. Limited availability. Published February 07.

MORE MAPS

Cumbria Way (Walker's Route S.) XT40 version, Harvey. Published May 09

Howgill Fells (Superwalker S.), Harvey. Published May 00

Howgill Fells - Harvey Superwalker Map

 Coast to Coast (West) Harvey Route Map. Published July 10

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