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Walking in County Durham, Paddy Dhillon - This popular guidebook to walking and cycling in County Durham, in the north east of England, describes 450 miles of walking routes and cycleways. There are 40 day-walks, ranging between 5 and 24km in length, as well as 10 cycle paths along old railway lines. County Durham - the Land of the Prince-Bishops - lies between two mighty rivers - the Tyne to the north and the Tees to the south, stretching from the high Pennines in the west to the cliffs of the east coast. The routes explore all corners of this varied and historic landscape - wild moorlands, gentle countryside, riverside walks, nature reserves, heritage sites, railway paths and the low cliff coast, passing Roman forts, ancient churches and castles. And, on the high Pennines, vast tracts of wild moorland are now 'open access'. The guide is illustrated with OS mapping and colour photographs and packed with local information on the wildlife, geology, history and industrial heritage of the county. Published February 15.

ISBN: 9781852847913 - Walking in County Durham

Walks For All Ages, - County Durham, Norman and June Buckley.  Published June 15.

ISBN: 9781909914407 - Walks for All Ages County Durham

Five-Star Trails: Raleigh and Durham, Joshua Kenser - "Five-Star Trails: Raleigh and Durham" is a guide to the best day-hiking trails within a two-hour drive of the urban areas of Raleigh and Durham. Raleigh is North Carolina's capital and an anchor for the state's famous Research Triangle that includes Durham and Chapel Hill. Amid this metropolitan complex that also embraces Cary, Apex, and Wake Forest--home to more than 1.7 million people--the author leads readers to myriad places for scenic beauty, to sites of historic significance, and to neighbourhoods that showcase the charms of urban life.  All of the routes stay true to the book's "Five-Star Trails" title, based on the book series' rating system for scenery, trail condition, suitability for children, difficulty level, and solitude. To be selected for the book, each trail must truly shine in one or more of those areas while, at the same time, all of the trails combine to offer diversity for a wide range of hikers. Thus, this is the guidebook for a hiker seeking an arduous climb to a scenic overlook as much as it is for a weekend walker who wants an easy trail for his or her family. Published March 13.

ISBN: 9780897329538 - Five-star Trails: Raleigh and Durham

 

Heritage Walks in North-East England, Pathfinder Guide - 25 fantastic country walks taking in some of Northern England’s top heritage sites, from National Trust parkland to English Heritage properties. Perfect for walkers of all abilities and ranging from 2-13 miles in length, each circular walk takes in the many delights of the countryside of North East England, as well as its best historical landmarks. Contains history walks across the length and breadth of the region, visiting historic locations from the World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall to the tidal island of Lindisfarne. Visiting sites from churches, castles and historic buildings such as National Trust's Fountains Abbey to exploring the region's industrial heritage near Robin Hood's Bay or Pocklington Canal, walks are selected on the basis of historical interest by Dennis Kelsall, a professional outdoor writer and photographer who has authored a number of best-selling walking guides on the region. Each walk is accompanied by a mini guide to each heritage site, clear, large-scale Ordnance Survey route maps and GPS waypoints to help you navigate your hike with ease. There is also a wealth of useful information accompanying each walk, including good pubs nearby, where to park before you start your walk and places of interest en route. Published May 11.

Pathfinder Guide: Heritage Walks in North-East England

AA 50 Walks: Durham and Northumberland - Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and this guide to Durham and Northumberland features 50 mapped walks from two to ten miles, 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, and clear mapping for ease of use. Every route has been colour coded according to difficulty. All walks are annotated with local points of interest and places to stop for refreshments. 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 June 15.

 

Durham, North Pennines and Tyne and Wear Walks, Neil Coates - "Pathfinder Guides" are the ideal companion for country walks throughout the British Isles. Clear and easy-to-follow directions are accompanied by detailed maps from Ordnance Survey and specially commissioned photographs. With 28 colour-coded routes to choose from, all tried and tested by seasoned walkers and varying from extended strolls to exhilarating hikes, there is a walk to suit everyone. Published May 08.
 

ISBN: 9780711749900 - Durham, North Pennines and Tyne and Wear

Walking in the North Pennines, Paddy Dillon - The North Pennines have often been described as 'England's Last Wilderness' and are certainly among the wildest, bleakest and most remote moorlands in the country. The area is shared by the counties of Cumbria, Durham and Northumberland and is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England. Famous for its range of arctic/alpine remnant flora and its mineral wealth, this region was once the world's greatest producer of lead, and has a wonderful industrial heritage. This guidebook includes everything from gentle and easy riverside strolls, taking in stunning waterfalls and flowery meadows, to long and rugged moorland walks, including vast areas recently designated as 'access land'. The walks stretch from cosy little towns and villages to bleak and desolate moorlands. Published May 09.


For more on Pennines see Pennines Books

A Boot Up Durham Dales, Anthony Toole - The scenery and history of Weardale and
Teesdale owe everything to geology, from the
granite bedrock, through the sandstones, shales
and limestone of the Carboniferous period to the
dolerite intrusions of the Great Whin Sill. The
North Pennines lead mining industry was once
the most productive in the world, accounting for
one-third of Britain's output, in this most industrialised region in the country. Its legacy remains in countless shafts, drifts, quarries and ruins that impart a unique strength of beauty to an already wildly beautiful landscape. As industry dominated the valley floors, agriculture was forced onto the hillsides, leading to the evolution of an ecology, favoured by damp, cool conditions, that is now rare in Europe. The resulting hay meadows are the colourful spring and summer glory of the Durham Dales. Most of the walks, of between 3 and 7˝ miles, follow valley tracks and public rights-of-way, with a few venturing onto the more open moorlands, and are generally suitable for families. They are ideal for visitors who wish to acquaint themselves with the Durham Dales, either on a short trip or a more extended holiday to the region. Together, they paint a comprehensive picture, yet will tempt the walker into wanting to see more. Published March 11.

ISBN: 9780857100313 - A Boot Up the Durham Dales

A Boot Up Durham City, Philip Nixon - The Pixz Boot Up Series is fast becoming a phenomenon in local walks books that attract families and others to exploring the countryside in a leisurely way. It includes short walks for those living in or visiting popular areas of the country, written by those who know the area well. They provide a healthy hour or two of exercise, exploring parts of Britain's countryside that the casual visitor might otherwise miss, pointing out interesting features along the way. These are perfect walks for families. The 10 walks included are centred on: Finchale Priory,  Durham River Banks, Houghall, Shincliffe Woods, Observatory Hill, Kepierwood Frankland, Pittington and Rennie's Lane, Shincliffe Bridge,  Bearpark.  Published April 11.

ISBN: 9780857100306 - A Boot Up Durham City

Pocket Pub Walks County Durham and Teesside, Charlie Emett - Fifteen circular walks, of between 3 and 6 miles. Each route is based on a local pub serving good food. Includes routes near Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Darlington, Middlesbrough and Durham. With maps and photographs.  Published May 06.

Pocket Pub Walks County Durham & Teeside

100 walks in County Durham -  This omnibus collection of local walks covers the whole of County Durham and is designed to appeal to those wishing to go on family outings. The book includes 100 route descriptions of circular walks from 3-12 miles. Each walk has a map, points of interest and places to eat and drink en route, plus suggestions for easy car parking. Places covered include Bishops Auckland, Durham and Middleton-in-Teeside. Published February 92.

 

The Teesdale Way, Martin Collins - Second Edition exploring 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. Interesting features along the way include High Cup Nick, Cauldron Snout, High Force (the largest waterfall in England), the Fairy Cupboard miniature caves, the Meeting of the Waters, Piercebridge Roman remains, the Sockburn 'peninsula', the Tees Barrage and South Gare Breakwater, as well as the historic towns of Middleton-in-Teesdale, Barnard Castle, Yarm, Darlington and Stockton-on-Tees.
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.  Published April 05. K

The Teesdale Way

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

ISBN: 9780749564353 - Durham and Northumberland

 

Historic Walks in and around Newcastle, Brian Conduit - This excellent book guides walkers of all abilities around both city and country in a series of 25 well-thought-out routes, each accompanied by a helpful map, historical background information and photographs. The walks range in length from 2 to 8 miles. Limited availability. Published June 08

Historic Walks in and around Newcastle

 

 

The Pennine Way North, Tony Hopkins - The Pennine Way is the 256-mile (412-km) National Trail stretching along the backbone of Britain. This volume features the northern section of the Way, following the Countryside Agency’s acorn waymarks from Bowes across the rugged Durham moors, past Hadrian’s Wall to Kirk Yetholm, a distance of 129 miles (207 km). This is the complete, official guide for the long distance walker or the weekend stroller. All you need is this one book. National Trail Guides are the official guidebooks to the fifteen National Trails in England and Wales and are published in association with Natural England, the official body charged with developing and maintaining the Trails.  Published May 10. Limited availability.

ISBN: 9781845135621 - Pennine Way North

For more on Pennines see Pennines Books

Hamsterley Forest, Lynne Shevels, Limited availability. Published March 10.

Mid Teesdale Walks, Keven Shevels.  Limited availability. Published May 10.

Pub Walks in County Durham and Teeside, Charlie Emett -Twenty circular routes all based on good local pubs. Includes walks near Darlington, Bishop Auckland and Durham city. With maps and photographs. Limited availability. Published April 05.

 

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LONG DISTANCE PATHS

BRITAIN GENERAL

AVON

BEDFORDSHIRE

BERKSHIRE

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

CAMBRIDGESHIRE CHESHIRE
CHILTERNS COTSWOLDS
CORNWALL DERBYSHIRE
DARTMOOR DEVON
DORSET DURHAM
ESSEX GLOUCESTERSHIRE
HAMPSHIRE HERTFORDSHIRE
HEREFORDSHIRE LEICESTERSHIRE
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

OXFORDSHIRE

PENNINES

ISLE OF WIGHT KENT
LAKE DISTRICT AND CUMBRIA LANCASHIRE
LINCOLNSHIRE LONDON

NORFOLK

NORTHUMBERLAND

PEAK DISTRICT

SHROPSHIRE

SOMERSET & EXMOOR

STAFFORDSHIRE

SUFFOLK

SURREY

SUSSEX

WARWICKSHIRE

WORCESTERSHIRE

WEST MIDS/HEART OF ENGLAND

WILTSHIRE

YORKSHIRE DALES

NORTH YORK MOORS

YORKSHIRE [OTHER]

WALES [general]

BRECON BEACONS/ BLACK MTNS

CLWYD

DYFED

GLAMORGAN & GOWER

GWYNEDD

POWYS

SNOWDONIA

ANGLESEY

SCOTLAND [general]

SOUTH-EAST SCOTLAND

SOUTH-WEST SCOTLAND

ARGYLL & BUTE

STIRLING

PERTH & KINROSS, ANGUS AND FIFE

NORTH-EAST SCOTLAND
[Aberdeenshire, Moray, Cairngorms]

HIGHLANDS

ISLANDS

IRELAND [general]

NORTHERN IRELAND

WEST OF IRELAND

EAST OF IRELAND

SOUTH OF IRELAND

 

 

 

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