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AA 50 Walks Hampshire and the Isle of Wight - Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and this guide to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight features 50 mapped walks from two to ten miles, to suit all abilities. The book highlights 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 March 14.  Available for pre-order.
 
A Walk Around the New Forest in 35 Circular Walks, Norman Henderson - Created by William the Conqueror in 1079, the New Forest is the largest area of pasture, heathland and ancient forest in the south of England. Easily accessible from London, it can appear in places to be very remote, both in time and location. Norman Henderson provides the perfect guide for those wishing to get to know the New Forest better: a series of undemanding short circular walks that, when tackled individually or linked together in a week's walking, form a complete circuit, or perambulation, of the New Forest. The detailed descriptions of each route, with simple maps, contain information on local history, geography and wildlife, as well as special 'Near by' sections, pointing out additional attractions and views the New Forest has to offer on the way. In addition, separate sections outline the background, culture and natural history of the New Forest, making this book a comprehensive introduction to a beautiful and unique corner of England. Published May 07.

ISBN: 9780711227095 - A Walk Around the New Forest

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

 

Day Walks on the South Downs: 20 Circular Routes in Hampshire and Sussex, Deirdre Huston - "Day Walks on the South Downs" is the fifth title in Vertebrate Publishing's series of compact and portable hill walking guidebooks. This book showcases 20 circular routes, between 6 and 14 miles (9km and 22km) in length, suitable for hill walkers of all abilities. The routes are split into three geographical areas - Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex - and include walks to the most historic and beautiful areas of the Downs, including Winchester Hill Fort, Black Down, Chanctonbury Ring, Devil's Dyke, Ditchling Beacon and Beachy Head. Each route in this guide is described with easy-to-follow directions and details of distance, navigation information, refreshment stops and is plotted on clear and easy to use Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 mapping. Published May 11.

Pub Walks Along the Solent Way, Anne-Marie Edwards - Follows the long-distance footpath, and its surrounding countryside, from Christchurch to Emsworth dividing up the route into fourteen manageable walks - all of them circular and each based on a good local pub. With photographs and sketch maps. Published May 02.

More Pub Walks in Hampshire, Mike Power and John Quarendon.  Published October 09.

Walking In and Around Hampshire's Meon Valley, Louis Murrary - The river Meon is one of Hampshire's quintessential chalk streams. It rises from natural springs in the South Downs to the south of the village of East Meon. This book contains the details of 20 walks in the Meon river valley area in southern Hampshire. The walks are suitable for novices, casual walkers, family groups, and experienced ramblers. Published July 12.
 

ISBN: 9781850589303 - Walking in and Around Hampshire's Meon Valley
 

The South Downs National Park, John Manley - The South Downs National Park extends from the outskirts of Eastbourne in East Sussex, to the edge of Winchester in Hampshire. It consists of a considerable chunk of southern England and it contains an extraordinary variety of archaeological and historic monuments. You can explore the camps, flint mines and tombs of the earliest farmers, walk around great earthen banks bounding Iron Age hill forts, stroll along Roman roads, visit Saxon churches and medieval castles and houses and examine the remains of industry and more recent military conflicts. Take a walk anywhere in the Park and you find yourself taking a walk into the past. With easy-to-follow maps, evocative photographs and details of sites to visit, the reader can quickly gain both an overview of the Park's rich history and appreciate the specifics of individual monuments.  Published March 13.

ISBN: 9780752466088 - The South Downs

Walking in the New Forest: 30 Walks in the New Forest National Park, Steve Davison - The New Forest is a unique landscape of open heath and ancient woodland tucked into south-west Hampshire and south-east Wiltshire. To many, a key feature is the ancient and ornamental woods, and here can be found the greatest concentration of 'veteran' trees in western Europe. However, there is much more on offer, including 42km (26 miles) of coastline, the largest area of lowland heath in Britain and three-quarters of the valley mires in north-west Europe, as well as picture-postcard thatched cottages, ancient churches and cosy pubs. The area is also an animal lover's paradise, providing natural habitat to many types of wildlife including deer, all six of Britain's native reptiles and the New Forest's very own species of pony. Around 7000 commoner's animals graze the open forest, one-quarter of the park is farmland and the forests still produce many tonnes of timber per year. And all this located within Britain's smallest national park, within easy reach of Southampton, Bournemouth and Salisbury. This guidebook offers 30 easy day walks, right across the New Forest National Park, easily combinable into longer routes for greater challenges, through woodland, heath and along the coast, all illustrated with large-scale OS map extracts and vibrant colour photographs.  Published April 12. K

ISBN: 9781852846374 - Walking in the New Forest

AA 30 Short Walks in Hampshire - Handy pocket-sized box of 30 short walking routes in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight. Contained within the box are 30 cards each with a short walking route, so you can easily take it with you on the walk for reference. All of the walks featured are between 1 and 4 miles long meaning they can be tackled in a morning or afternoon. Key panels give details on distance, gradient, difficulty, surface and other practical advice.  Published August 11.

ISBN: 9780749570491 - Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

 

AA 40 Short Walks in Hampshire and The Isle of Wight - This compact and handy guide to short walks in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight features walks between one and four miles long which can be covered in a morning or afternoon. There is an introduction for each walk giving background on the area, it's history, wildlife and other points of interest; plus key information panels providing a summary of distance, time, gradient and ascent, level of difficulty, type of surface and access, landscape, dog friendliness, refreshments, parking and public toilets. Each walk has a highly detailed map and clear, easy-to-follow route directions.  Published June 11.

ISBN: 9780749569037 - Hampshire & the Isle of Wight

Hampshire and The New Forest Walks, David Foster - The New Forest is Hampshire's crowning glory. Its ancient woods, heathlands and bogs make it important as one of the few remaining sanctuaries for some of Britain's rare wildlife and, of course, a haven for its famous wild ponies. This collection offers several routes through typical New Forest scenery of streams, heath and woodland, including Brockenhurst, Highland Water, Standing Hat and Bishop's Dyke, that provides interest at all times of year. Pathfinder Guides are Britain's best loved walking guides. They are the perfect companion for country walks throughout Britain. Each title features 28 circular walks with easy-to-follow route descriptions, all tried and tested by seasoned walkers. The routes range from extended strolls to exhilarating hikes, so there is something for everyone. Published January 11.

Walk the South Downs, Martin Simons - A staggeringly beautiful and varied landscape, changing with the seasons, the South Downs offers formidable scarp slopes, towering cliffs, flowing contours, river valleys, and a wealth of woodland. Rich in history: prehistoric burial mounds, Iron Age hill forts, ancient tucked away churches, attractive villages and inns, all set in a backdrop of rolling undulating hills. With challenging climbs, the rewards are, at times, jaw-dropping! Nearly 2000 miles of footpaths and bridleways crisscross the Downs, as well as new paths across access land and nature reserves, stretching the 80 miles from Eastbourne to Winchester. On many of the walks you may hardly see a soul, for despite the proximity of large populations, getting away from it all is a welcome reality. All 42 walking routes 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: 1904946143 - Walk the South Downs

A Boot Up the Hampshire Hangers, Mike Cope - The village of Selborne lies at the heart of the
Hampshire Hangers. Of the ten selected walks in this book, six of the routes are along the Chalk Hangers to the south of the village, and the remaining four are largely confined to the Upper Greensand Hangers to the north and east. They range from 4½ - 9¼ miles and 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 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 September 10.

 

ISBN: 9780857100184 - A Boot Up The Hampshire Hangers

A Boot Up The New Forest, Rodney Legg - The New Forest is generally regarded as the easiest walking country in Britain and Europe. Under foot, the paths usually stick to dry soils of gravel and sand, and skirt the occasional peat bog. Even if you find a problem, diversions are possible just about everywhere, as there is a right of public access across all this open landscape of heath and woods from Ringwood to Southampton. Ancient oaks survive as stately specimens in woods that were otherwise stripped for Nelson's navy. Wildlife abounds. Rarities can be locally commonplace. You are likely to see Dartford warblers, harriers and a range of flora and fauna including insect-eating sundews, dragonflies and multi-coloured fungi. Deer numbers are as high as anywhere and there are the famous New Forest ponies. The ten selected 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 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 New Forest. Published June 09.

ISBN: 9781906887094 - A Boot Up the New Forest

A Boot Up the North Hampshire Downs, Robert Wood - 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. The North Hampshire Downs are quintessential chalk downs. The chalk gives rise to a variety of contrasting landforms including broad rolling downland, deep and shallow valleys, high hills, and ridges with steep scarps in places most notably above the Kennet valley in the very north. These walks cover the whole of the North Hampshire Downs, sometimes called the `Hampshire Highlands'. The village of Hurstbourne Tarrant will certainly serve as the capital of the area and two walks circle it. The views hereabouts are stunning. Remember Fiver and his rabbit pals? Well, one of the walks actually treads on Watership Down. And for lovers of the grisly there is a real treat - the icon that is Combe Gibbet and the tale it has to tell. Published March 11.

ISBN: 9780857100245 - A Boot Up the North Hampshire Downs

Walks into History: Hampshire - Robert Wood - The sixteen routes in this guide, take the walker on a journey through history passing sites of Roman settlements, Norman castles, Civil War battlefields, glorious old trading ports, steam railways and places where great literary and artistic figures lived and worked. The routes scan be undertaken by everyone including the young, the not-so-young and the not-so-fit. Published May 09

Walks into History: Hampshire

New Forest National Park: Short Walks, David Foster - The New Forest is the jewel of Hampshire's crown. Relatively unchanged for centuries, it continues to provide wonderful opportunities for the walker to experience both its unique woodland and rare wildlife. The New Forest is a working, living landscape consisting of peaceful lawns and wild heather moorland, all of which set it apart as a place for the peaceful enjoyment of nature. Its proximity to the commuter belt of the south east means that it is ideally placed for weekend walks, while it continues to attract visitors from much further afield, who come to stay and explore the area for a week or two. Published December 09.

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Pocket Pub Walks, The New Forest, Anne-Marie Edwards - This is a pocket-size collection of fifteen circular walks each based on a local pub serving good food. It includes routes at Fawley, Sway, Brockenhurst, Burley, Ringwood and Fordingbridge, with maps and photographs. Published April 07.

ISBN: 9781846740206 - Pocket Pub Walks The New Forest

 

 

All Terrain Pushchair Walks: North Hampshire, Jane Ward - 30 carefully selected all-terrain buggy walks in beautiful North Hampshire. From strolls through ancient forests, heathland rambles to spectacular uplands romps. Whether youre walking to keep fit or to enjoy the great outdoors, this book features detailed walk descriptions together with clear maps, local attractions and where to get refreshments. Published July 11. 

 

Ramblers Short Walks The South Downs - A practical little walk guide to the South Downs endorsed by the Ramblers. All the walks are 5 miles or under in length and can easily be completed in less that 3 hours. 20 walks are included and use clear Ordnance Survey maps to show the route plus easy to follow walk descriptions. The South Downs is one of only four areas of chalk downland in southern England. They extend from the eastern side of Hampshire through Sussex, culminating in the spectacular sea cliffs at Beachy Head. The walks are located in The South Downs National Park, England's newest National Park. This popular walking area, has one principal long distance footpath, the South Downs Way, and many interconnecting ones. 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 11.

ISBN: 9780007395439 - Ramblers Short Walks in the South Downs

The South Downs Way - Eastbourne to Winchester, Kev Reynolds - Exploring the Sussex Downs and East Hampshire Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the official South Downs Way leads for 100 miles (160km) between Eastbourne and Winchester, following the northern escarpment for much of the way and rarely descending to habitation except where river valleys interrupt the regular course of the Downs. Since the first edition of this guide appeared a number of improvements have been made to the Way. These include rerouting to avoid a dangerous road walk at Amberley, the construction of a footbridge over the River Arun, and in two places slight diversions have been signed to afford the safe crossing of major dual-carriageway roads. For the greater part of its length the Way follows the northern crest of the South Downs escarpment, with broad views overlooking low Wealden farmlands as well as the rolling Downs.  Published May 04.

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The Three Castles Path, David Bounds - The footpath route from Windsor to Winchester based upon the 13C journey's of King John at the time of Magna Carta.  Published May 98.

 

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.

Kennet Valley and Watership Down, David Bounds & David Ramm - 24 country walks exploring the hidden countryside between Reading, Newbury & Basingstoke. Published November 99.

 

Pub Walks in Hampshire and the I.O.W, Mike Power. Limited availability. Published June 99.

Pub Walks in Hampshire and the I.O.W.

Pocket Pub Walks Hampshire, Nigel Vile - Fifteen circular walks, of between 3 and 7 miles. Each route is based on a local pub serving good food. Includes routes at Wherwell, Silchester, Meonstoke, Keyhaven and Frogham. With maps and photographs. Limited availability. Published April 06.

Pocket Pub Walks Hampshire

The Walks Near Basingstoke, Bill Andrews - 44 Short Walks, 4 to 6 miles, linking Kingsclere, Silchester, Overton, Odiham and Candover.  Limited availability. Published January 10.

ISBN: 9780956060402 - The Walks Near Basingstoke

Hampshire and the New Forest Teashop Walks, Jean Patefield - Routes near Andover, Lymington, Southampton, Portsmouth, Winchester, Alton and Basingstoke. 20 walks of between 2 and 8 miles.  Limited availability. Published April 98.

Short Walks from Pubs in the New Forest, Anne-Marie Edwards - Each of the 20 short (2 - 3½ miles) circular walks begins (and ends!) at a good pub, chosen for its welcome and food. Includes Beaulieu Road, Setley, Wootton, Nomansland, Godshill, Canada and Linwood.    Limited availability. Published April 95.

 

Kiddiwalks in Hampshire and The New Forest, Jane Pitman -  A series of twenty short, circular walks especially designed for children. Includes routes at Danebury Hill Fort, Queen Victoria Country Park, Fort Nelson and Basingstoke Common. In colour. Limited availability. Published April 10.

ISBN: 9781846741777 - Kiddiwalks in Hampshire and the New Forest

AA 30 Walks in Hampshire - This original concept takes thirty of the most popular walks in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight from the AA's best-selling and newly updated walks database and packages them on individual laminated cards in an easy-to-carry, durable box. Each of the cards are pocket sized to carry with you on your walk and are durable and weather proof to protect them from the elements. Each of the walks are carefully selected to suit all levels of fitness and ability and clear route directions and maps make them easy-to-follow. 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. Limited availability. Published Oct 09

ISBN: 9780749563486 - Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Hampshire and New Forest: A Dog Walker's Guide, Vicky Fletcher - The circular routes in this new book will give you and your dog the chance to explore Hampshire & The New Forest countryside without the worry. The information provided will allow you to walk safely with your dog. Each section includes a numbered map, information on how to get to the start, and places of interest along the way. Limited availability. Published May 11. 

ISBN: 9781846742330 - Hampshire & The New Forest: A Dog Walker's Guide

 

 

 

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AA Walkers Map The New Forest - Covering an area of 50 sq km and with a large scale of 1:25,000, this map has the familiar look and style of OS mapping, with improved coverage of the featured areas. Aimed at outdoor enthusiasts in particular, the level of details ensures nothing gets missed and you won't get lost. Published April 12

ISBN: 9780749573263 - New Forest

AA Leisure Map The New Forest - 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 centred on the more popular areas of the country for leisure activities, including towns and rural areas. Published April 12

Philip's Red Books New Forest - This local street atlas of the New Forest and its surrounding towns and villages gives detailed coverage of the area at an enlarged scale of 4 inches to 1 mile. Published Feb 11

New Forest Visitors Atlas (A-Z Visitors Atlas) - This full colour atlas and guide combines large scale road mapping (1.5 inches to 1 mile) of the whole of the New Forest with an illustrated town plan section and a guide to places of interest to provide a helpful and informative publication for the visitor. Published Feb 10

A-Z Hampshire Street Atlas. Published June 08

Philip's Street Atlas North Hampshire. Published Nov 09

Philip's Street Atlas South Hampshire: Pocket Edition. Published Jan 09

South Downs Way (Walker's Route S), Harvey. Published Feb '97. Limited availability.

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