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Dorset Accessible Walks, Marie Houlden - This book contains twenty-five accessible walks throughout the beautiful county of Dorset. For each walk there is a brief description and then more detailed information about distance, gradient and terrain, allowing the reader to make an informed decision about the suitability of their equipment and their own particular needs. All of the walks are stile and obstacle free, with consideration given to those in wheelchairs, including information on disabled parking spots and accessible facilities. With walks that start from only a mile and that cover a mixture of terrain and environments, there really is something for everyone. There are even a couple of more strenuous walks for those with an all-terrain pushchair and a passion for a physical challenge! Published August 15.

Walks for All Ages, Hugh Taylor and Moira McCrossan - 20 short walks for all ages.  Published June 15.

ISBN: 9781909914339 - Walks for All Ages Dorset

Walking the Jurassic Coast: Dorset and East Devon, Ronald Turnbull - The Jurassic Coast of Devon and Dorset, stretching between Exeter and Bournemouth, is a geological wonderland. Natural wonders like Chesil Beach, Durdle Door and fossils so numerous you'll be tripping over them, combine with southern England's rolling Downs, tiny villages, beaches and sunny summers to provide a stunning and awe-inspiring landscape to explore. The 30 walks in this guide let walkers discover the best and most spectacular areas on the coast. The walks are between 5 and 25km (3 to 16 miles) and provide a range suitable for all abilities. The incredible - yet readable - detail brings these walks and the landscape alive. And yet, the routes can just as easily be walked for their own sake and the pleasure of rolling downs, high cliffs and beach sunshine. As well as detailed descriptions for every walk, accompanied by OS maps, there are details on available parking, points of interest along the way (on rocks and other sights) and advice on the terrain covered. The general and geological introductions provide background on the region and the appendices give thorough information on local museums and information centres, cliff diagrams, a glossary of geological terms and a quick, look-up guide to the rocks of the Jurassic Coast. More than just a walking guidebook, this book is an invitation to explore and learn about this spectacular Natural World Heritage area. Published June 15.

ISBN: 9781852847418 - Walking the Jurassic Coast

Walking in Dorset's Past, Sam Ferguson - Have you ever walked around Dorset and noticed all those strange lumps and bumps across the hillsides and wondered what those are. Some of these are nothing, built by modern farmers usually as rubbish tips, others are monuments built thousands of years ago by prehistoric people in memory of their ancestors or to defend themselves against incoming enemies. As you follow the walks in this book you will look at Dorset with a different eye, each of those mounds, lumps and bumps has a story to tell and each is different, most are combined with local myths and legends to give many spooky stories - mainly involving the Isle of Wight! Let archaeologist Sam Ferguson guide you on various walks through Dorset where you will be informed, educated and entertained as you get an archaeologists view of the county. Published June 15.

ISBN: 9781905444625 - Walking in Dorset's Past

The Magic of Purbeck, David Leadbetter - Ten fully illustrated and guided walks. Published June 15.

ISBN: 9781906651251 - The Magic of Purbeck

Short Walks in Dorset - A practical little walk guide to Dorset endorsed by the Ramblers. All of the 20 walks are 5 miles or under in length and can easily be completed in less than 3 hours. Clear Ordnance Survey maps show the route, along with easy-to-follow walk descriptions. The southern English county of Dorset contains stunning coastal scenery and beautiful rural countryside waiting to be explored. The area is famous for the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, which features landforms such as the sublime Lulworth Cove, the impressive shingles of Chesil Beach, and the great natural arch of Durdle Door. This guide, produced in co-operation with the Ramblers and featuring Ordnance Survey mapping, is the perfect way to get out and enjoy the stunning scenery. This compact little guide contains walks, all of which are 5 miles or under, which are ideal for an afternoon stroll.  Published March 15. 

ISBN: 9780008101565 - Short Walks in Dorset

Pub Walks in Dorset, Anne-Marie Edwards - A brand new book in our Pub Walks series, this volume guides the walker to some of the best, most beautiful places in Dorset. The country pubs, upon which each walk is based, have all been chosen for their good food, range of ales, history and character. The 20 circular walks vary in length from 2 and a half - 5 and three quarter miles. The walks include coastal paths at Kingston, Abbotsbury and Eype; woodland walks at Lytchett Minster, Corfe Mullen and Stoke Abbot; downland routes at Sixpenny Handley, Horton and Corfe Castle; and riverside walks at Tarrant Gunville, Moreton, Shillingstone and Hinton St Mary. In addition there are also walks in pretty valleys as at Winterbourne Stickland and Cattistock and through picturesque villages such as Loders and Piddletrenthide. Along the way there is the chance to see Sturt's Folly, a six-storey brick tower; the grave of Lawrence of Arabia; a church pulpit canopy with two bullet holes in it; a Roman road; stained-glass windows by Lawrence Whistler; the pub where Thomas Hardy was a regular and several old railway trackbeds.  Published April 13.

ISBN: 9781846742828 - Pub Walks in Dorset

AA 50 Walks, Dorset, 3rd Edition - Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and this fantastic walking guide to Dorset features a variety of mapped walks to suit all abilities. The book features all the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of the area, as well as other local points of interest. All walks are annotated with local points of interest and places to stop for refreshments and every walk is given a summary of distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, type of surface and access, landscape, dog friendliness, parking and public toilets.  Published April 13.  K

ISBN: 9780749574000 - Dorset

 

100 Walks in Dorset,  - Part of a series for the keen walker, this book features 100 route descriptions of circular walks ranging from 3-12 miles in Dorset. Each walk has a map, points of interest and places to eat and drink en route, plus suggestions for easy car parking. Dorest has some of the most interesting coastline east of Cornwall, such as Portland and Lulworth Cove. Perhaps it is best known as the centre of Hardy's Wessex. Keen walkers will also enjoy the Purbeck Hill, Cranborne Chase and Lyme Regis areas. Published February 95.

ISBN: 1852238488 - 100 Walks in Dorset

Pathfinder: Walk Dorset, Dennis Kelsall - Dorset must rank as one of the most unspoilt counties in England. Dominating the landscape are the chalk downs open, sweeping, grassy uplands that stretch from the former forest lands of Cranborne Chase on the Wiltshire and Hampshire borders right across the middle of the county to the coast. The many ridge-top footpaths (including one starting from Cerne Abbas which ends with the Cerne Giant in all its glory) that cross these downs provide splendid walking and a succession of panoramic views. Published September 13.

ISBN: 9781780590714 - Pathfinder Dorset

Footpaths for Fitness: Dorset, Anne-Marie Edwards - The 20 graded, circular routes vary in length from 2 - 6 and a half miles and have been designed as a simple programme for those who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Each route has been given a grade from 1 to 3 to indicate the level of effort required and an estimation of the calories burned during the walk. The routes give the walker the chance to experience Dorset at its very best. Published April 09

Footpaths for Fitness: Dorset
 

South West Coast Path, Dorset and South Devon Coast - Plymouth to Poole Harbour, Henry Stedman and Joel Newton.  Published February 13. 

ISBN: 9781905864454 - South West Coast Path (Part 3)

Walks to Enjoy in Dorset, Claire Sharpe - fifteen walks for you to enjoy by yourself, with your dog, family or friends. Detailed walk information including maps and photographs with historical notes and easy to follow descriptions. All but one walk is circular and range in length and difficulty. The linear walk is completed by taking the train from Swanage back to the walk start at Corfe Castle. Published March 13.
 

Exploring the Bournemouth Coast Path - Leigh Hatts - This guide divides the path into eight sections and each is accompanied by a sketch map, photographs, clear walking directions and information about points of interest along the way.  Published June 05.

Exploring the Bournemouth Coast Path

A Dozen Dramatic Walks in Dorset, Simone Stanbrook-Byrne and James Clancy. Published May 12. 

Walking the South Coast of England, David Bathurst - A Complete Guide to Walking the South-facing Coasts of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire (including the Isle of Wight), Sussex and Kent, from Lands End to the South Foreland. Every year, people flock to England’s south coast to visit heritage sites or simply to relax on the beach. But to see the real beauty that these glorious counties have to offer, pick up this detailed guide to some of the best walking in Britain. David Bathurst has walked 650 miles of coast, taking in breath-taking natural landscapes and significant landmarks on the way. With rugged cliffs and ancient cathedral cities, historic ports and wonderful wildlife, there’s something for everyone; whether you’re a seasoned hiker ready to take on the entire walk, or a summertime stroller who wants to experience this rewarding ramble in smaller doses. Published May 08

Walking the South Coast of England

Walk Dorset, Charles Davis - There is a genuinely enduring patch of England that matches and improves on the bucolic clichés, a place where modern services collude with picturesque villages and unspoiled countryside to provide the perfect holiday destination, and where geology and history have conspired to fashion a landscape that can only properly be explored on foot. This book aims to take you into that real Dorset, a living vital place that would nonetheless be familiar to Hardy, and to ensure that, when you get there, you're not disappointed by a case of mistaken identity. All 30 walking routes and alternatives include: walking route summary, ratings for Effort Time Distance Ascents/Descents Refreshments and Vertigo risk, fully detailed walk description including frequent timings to aid navigation and check your progress, GPS waypoints at every key point on every route, full colour 1:40,000 scale Ordnance Survey licenced mapping for each route, short walk and stroll alternatives.  Published January 06.

ISBN: 9781904946205 - Walk Dorset

Pocket Pub Walks in Dorset, Nigel Vile - Fifteen circular walks, of between 3 and 7½ miles. Each route is based on a local pub serving good food. Includes routes near Lyme Regis, Sherborne, Blandford, Wimborne, Weymouth and Poole. With maps and photographs. Published December 98.

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Coastal Walks in South West England, Sue Viccars - Are you planning a holiday to Devon, Cornwall or the Jurassic Coast? Do you enjoy a walk with stunning coastal scenery? The South West Coast Path is the UK's most popular National Trail with Tintagel voted the best walk in Britain in a survey of 4,000 readers of Country Walking magazine. Pathfinder Guide to Coastal Walks in South West England takes walkers and holidaymakers to the most scenic sections of the South West Coast without needing to walk all 635 miles. Selected from Pathfinder Guides covering South West England, this collection of 30 coastal walks ranges from 2-13 miles in length and is suitable for walkers of all abilities. With walks ranging from family rambles to challenging hikes, each circular walk takes in some of the many delights of the dramatic coastline of South West England from Somerset and Devon to Cornwall and Dorset. Published May 11. 

ISBN: 9781854586384 - Coastal Walks in South West England

Dorset, Jarrold Short Walks - Dorset remains one of the most unspoilt and unchanged counties in England and has much to offer the walker. Inland the Dorset scenery is stunning, and while the gradients are rarely taxing the chalk uplands and limestone hills afford some fantastic views across south-west England. It is a county with a rich literary heritage and the Blackmoor Vale around Sturminster Newton is the backdrop to one of Thomas Hardy's best-loved works, Tess of the Durbevilles. From maritime history, short, rugged coastal walking and marine discovery, to gentle rambles in verdant scenery among charming villages, the Dorset landscape is perfect for all ages. Published November 08.

ISBN: 9780711750050 - Dorset

Walks into History, Dorset, John Wilks - The lively and informative walks in this guide take you past sites of vast hill forts, medieval castles, smugglers' coves, and bloody battles whose outcome altered the course of England's history. The circular walks explore some of the most beautiful countryside in England. They vary in length between 3 - 71/2 miles and can be undertaken by everyone including the young, the not-so-young and the not-so-fit. The subjects of the walks include Cerne Abbas, and its giant hill figure; Maiden Castle where a last stand was made against the might of Rome's XXth legion; the port and Georgian resort of Lyme Regis; and Tolpuddle, the village where some of the earliest rights of working men were fought for.  Published May 07.

ISBN: 9781846740336 - Walks into History Dorset

A Boot Up Mid Dorset, Rodney Legg - Mid Dorset is dominated by the chalk massif of the Dorset Downs. This was sheep country, for a generation after Thomas Hardy's time, until most of the flocks melted away during wartime ploughing and the agricultural revolution of the 1960s. Many of the ancient monuments have escaped the plough but great expanses of Celtic fields and settlements lie under prairie-sized fields of grain. It is on the escarpments and hilltop ridges where patches of natural downland have survived. The characteristic flora comprises distinctive chalkland plants which flourish on impoverished alkaline soils. Several areas of open country, designated as such for public access, are crossed en route. Though the area is ringed by country towns its heartland is as sparsely populated as anywhere in Dorset. In places the road system is also minimal - which makes the paths network even more important. The ten circular walks, ranging from 3 to 8 miles, suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area - its people, its history, and its working landscape and will help first time visitors to experience some of the great scenery the area has to offer. Many of the walks feature a pub along the route.  Published April 11.

ISBN: 9780857100214 - A Boot Up Mid Dorset

A Boot Up Blackmore Vale, Rodney Legg - The name Blackmore Vale sums up the historic character of this area, once a royal hunting ground - a "forest" for sport rather than trees. This undulating landscape of the River Stour and its main tributaries forms the heart of northern Dorset, below the escarpments of the Dorset Downs to the south and Cranborne Chase to the east. Doyen of Dorset walkers Rodney Legg has chosen ten of his favourite walks in the area,
ranging around Stour Provost and Fifehead Magdalen, Marnhull and Hinton St Mary, Lydlinch and Stock Gaylard, Fifehead Neville and Plumber Manor, Sturminster Newton and Cutt Mill, Fiddleford and Hammoon, Okeford Fitzpaine and Shillingstone, Habledon and Hod, Hazelbury Bryan and Mappowder,
Bulbarrow and Woolland. Published March 11

ISBN: 9780857100221 - A Boot Up Blackmore Vale

 

A Boot Up Dorset's Jurassic Coast, Rodney Legg - Rodney Legg provides all the answers in ten
walks, packed with colour photographs, along
Dorset's unique World-Heritage Jurassic
Coast. In hardback, small enough to slip into
the pocket, colourful enough to keep as a
souvenir, the new Boot Up Guide will be the
indispensable bench-mark for the twenty-first
century. Published March 10.

 

ISBN: 9781906887650 - A Boot Up Dorset's Jurassic Coast

 

 

A Boot Up Purbeck, Rodney Legg - The Isle of Purbeck in Dorset is England in microcosm. Geology, which has thrown together several very different landscapes in the space of 70 square miles, provides the raw materials for a story that unfolds on the ground. Underneath, Mesozoic dinosaurs have left footsteps set in stone from the mud of warm lagoons, contemporary with the above-ground Fossil Forest. These are prize treasures of the Jurassic Coast which was designated by Unesco in 2001 as the first natural World Heritage Site in Great Britain. It also boasts classic landform features ranging from Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove to Old Harry Rocks and Studland's sands. Literary associations abound, from Thomas Hardy to Enid Blyton, and we meet the military in the form of Colonel T.E. Lawrence of Arabia and The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.  The ten circular walks, ranging from 3 to 8 miles, suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area - its people, its history, and its working landscape and will help first time visitors to experience some of the great scenery the area has to offer. Many of the walks feature a pub along the route. Halsgrove's new-format guidebook, containing maps, photographs and useful information will ensure a great walking experience. Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to the area. Published July 09.

ISBN: 9781906887216 - A Boot Up Purbeck

A Round Dorset Walk, Steven Crockford - A Round Dorset Walk is a long-distance route of 181 miles, on ancient paths and trackways, on the perimeter of one of the most remarkable counties in England. From the stunning Poole Harbour beneath the Purbeck Hills, the walker sets out towards the peaceful downs of Cranborne Chase, across the rolling hills of Blackmore Vale and Marshwood Vale, finally to return to the dramatic coastal path from which the walk began, there to complete a journey through 250 million years of history. Whether it is achieved in one challenging effort, or in a series of stages, it is a very special journey around a beautiful and often unexplored part of Britain, that will live long in the memory of anyone who completes it.  Limited availability. Published July 06. Dorset AA 30 Walks (Cards) - This original concept takes the most popular walks from the AA's best-selling and newly updated walks database and packages them on individual laminated cards in a durable box. The small and handy size means that the box can be stowed away in a pocket or handbag and single cards extracted at each walk start point. Clear and concise instructions plus a full-colour route map make the cards a joy to use. Published March 10. Limited availability.

ISBN: 9780749564346 - Dorset

Adventurous Pub Walks in Dorset, Anne-Marie Edwards - 20 circular walks varying in length between 7 and 12 miles, and based on good local pubs. Includes routes near Symondsbury, Osmington Mills, Gussage All Saints, Studland and Sherborne. With maps and photographs.  Limited availability.  Published April 03.

Pub Strolls in Dorset, Anne-Marie Edwards - Thirty short, circular walks based on good local pubs. Includes routes near Bridport, Weymouth, Swanage, Dorchester, Blandford, Shaftesbury and Sherborne.  Published March 01. Limited availability.

pub Strolls in Dorset by Anne-Marie Edwards

 

Family Walks in Dorset, Nigel Vile - 16 walks of between 1 and 6 miles. Limited availability.  Published 95.

Walking in Purbeck, Andrew Bibby.  Published April 10. Limited availability.

 

 

Walking in Dorset, Joan Baqbie - Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing many of these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. Published March 11.  Limited availability.

ISBN: 9781446540695 - Walking in Dorset

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AA Leisure Map South Dorset and Purbeck - A brand new range of 30 AA sheet maps utilising the 1:50,000 data supplied by the Ordnance Survey. The Leisure series uses optimised map coverage centered on the more popular areas of the country for leisure activities, including towns and rural areas. This map has the familiar look and style of OS mapping, with improved coverage of the featured areas. Published April 12

ISBN: 9780749572983 - South Dorset and Purbeck

AA Leisure Map Weymouth and Central Dorset. Published April 12

South West Coast Path 6,  Sidmouth to South Haven Point (Walker's Route S) Harvey. Published Feb 09

Dorset County Atlas (A-Z County Atlas) - This A-Z map of Dorset is a spiral bound County Atlas containing 118 pages of coloured street mapping featuring all the major towns and villages, and 9 pages of road mapping covering the whole county. Published July 11

 

 

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