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NORTH - For Pennines see Pennines Books For Hadrian's Wall see Northumberland Books

Cleveland Way (Rucksack Readers) - Gordon Simm and Jacquetta Megarry - This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy your Cleveland Way walk: detailed route descriptions background on geology, pre-history and history illustrated information about wildlife map of the entire route in 5 drop-down panels (1:120,000) information about public transport and travel lavishly illustrated, with 75 colour photographs on water-resistant paper. Published May 12. K

ISBN: 9781898481553 - Cleveland Way

The Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way, Paddy Dillon - The Cleveland Way, Yorkshire Wolds Way and Link through the Tabular Hills Walk join naturally end-to-end. Walkers can use any or all of these routes to explore the rich and varied Yorkshire countryside. The Cleveland Way National Trail offers a fine walk around the North York Moors National Park, enjoying scenery that includes the open heather moorlands, gentle dales, interesting towns and villages, and dramatic cliff coastline. The Link through the Tabular Hills Walk is a Regional Trail that allows walkers to close the loop of the Cleveland Way and transform it into an enormous circular walk. The Yorkshire Wolds Way, one of the quietest of Britain's National Trails, wanders through gentle, cultivated and sparsely populated countryside. It links end-to-end with the Cleveland Way on the coast, so that walkers who wander from trail to trail can cover over 400km (250 miles) of easy and enjoyable walking. This new guide provides good mapping and information for the walker.  Published July 16.

.The Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way

The Cleveland Way Map Booklet, Paddy Dillon - This booklet of Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer maps has been designed for convenient use on the trail. It shows the full and up-to-date line of the national trail, along with the relevant extract from the OS Explorer map legend, and can be used when walking the route in either direction. It is conveniently sized for slipping into a jacket pocket or the top of a rucksack and comes in a clear PVC sleeve. Published July 16

The Cleveland Way, National Trail Guide, Ian Sampson - The Cleveland Way is the 108-mile (173 km) National Trail that skirts the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Following Natural England's acorn waymarks, the route stretches from Helmsley and the White Horse in the west across the Moors to the dramatic coastline from Saltburn to Filey, offering panoramic views of the countryside and coast. This is the complete, official guide for the long-distance walker or the weekend stroller. 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 12.
 

Cleveland Way (Route Maps), Harvey. Published Aug 10

ISBN: 9781851374892 - Cleveland Way

The North West Way: A 13 Day Walk from Preston to Carlisle, Steve Garrill - The upland areas of the North of England are a joy to walk. Using a combination of recognised long distance paths the author traces a route from Preston to Carlisle linking the two rail stations and along the way passing through the most scenic and inspiring sections of these walks. Here you can walk through the beauty of the Ribble Valley, through the rugged dales of Yorkshire to the thundering waterfalls of Teesdale and the sheer awe of encountering High Cup before then experiencing the solitary majesty of Cross Fell and the High Pennines. In it's final stages the walk follows the sylvan splendour of the Tyne Valley before tramping in the footsteps of the Roman Legionnaires along Hadrian's Wall towards Carlisle. This is a walk that quite simply contains the best of English walking. Published Nov 13

ISBN: 9781905444588 - The North West Way


A Coast to Coast Walk: A Pictorial Guide, St Bees Head to Robin Hood's Bay, Alfred Wainwright and Chris Jesty - 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 June 10.


For Coast to Coast General see
Britain General and Coast to Coast

The Reivers Way, Paddy Dillon - Walk in the footsteps of the notorious border reivers and discover how they survived centuries of strife and warfare. 'The Reivers Way' wanders for 150 miles (240 kilometres) through the wildest and most scenic arts of Northumberland, taking in the North Pennines, Hadrian's Wall, Tynedale, Redesdale, the Simonside Hills, Coquetdale, the Cheviot hills and the Northumberland Coast, with an option to include the Farne Islands. Northumberland's wild and sparsely populated landscapes include a national park, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a fine heritage coast. The research for this guidebook was achieved by following the Reivers Way in summer and in winter, checking the entire route and all its variants and alternatives. Published May 09. K

Coast to Coast on The Ravenber, 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 commentaryó rather like having a friendly escort, who chats knowledgeably. Distance 210 miles. Second edition. Published Oct 10

Coast to Coast on the Ravenber Way

The Teesdale Way, Martin Collins and Paddy Dillon - This is a new, 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. K

The Teesdale Way

The Ribble Way, A Northern England Trail, Dennis and Jan Kelsall - The River Ribble springs from the limestone of the Yorkshire Dales, high on Cam Fell in the heart of Three Peak country. The 70 1/2-mile (113km) Ribble Way is described in seven stages, the route alternating from one side of the valley to the other, generally making use of road bridges to cross the river. Initially forcing a passage between high, rugged moorland hills, it then breaks free to wind through gentler countryside south of Settle, meandering lazily through alternating pasture and ancient woodland, where old manor houses and early 18th-century village cottages still hold sway against the pervasive tide of modernity. Beyond Preston, the river dramatically changes yet again, trained to run straight to the Irish Sea, but further to the west, a vast expanse of the salt marsh still remains and attracts huge populations of birds particularly in winter.  Published April 05. K

The Ribble Way: A Northern England Trail (British Long-distance Trails S.)

 

The Border Line, Eric Robson - Ever since the Roman emperor Hadrian built the first frontier in AD 120, the border area between England and Scotland has been a highly disputed territory, its history characterized by raids, uneasy treaties and a distinctive culture, neither wholly English or wholly Scottish. The broadcaster Eric Robson walks the modern border line, starting at the Solway Firth and covering more than a hundred miles to Berwick on Tweed, describing points of interest along the way, recounting episodes from the region's colourful history, describing some of his adventures, discoursing on the unique character of the landscape and the people and reminiscing about his life in broadcasting. This rich compendium of history and anecdote will appeal to anyone with an interest in this little-known part of Britain. Published March 07. Limited availability.

A Dales High Way, Tony and Chris Grogan - Detailed, practical and colourful guide to 90 mile long distance walk across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales. Walk from Saltaire to Appleby-in-Westmorland, and return with a train ride along England's most beautiful railway. Published June 13

A Dales High Way

A Dales High Way Companion, Tony and Chris Grogan - The perfect companion and illustrated guide to the new long distance walk covering 90 miles from Saltaire, near Shipley, West Yorkshire, to Appleby-in-Westmorland in Cumbria. The book includes a detailed description of the route, but more importantly it explores the fascinating geology, history, culture and wildlife of the places visited. It is designed to help you get the maximum enjoyment from your walk. Published Sept 09

For more Long Distance Paths in the Yorkshire Dales see Dales Books.

 

 

Lake to Lake Walk, Alistair Wallace - Only rarely does a valid new walk appear. "The Lake To Lake" is one such walk. It represents the first long distance trek in this country since Wainwright's Coast To Coast, many years ago. It begins at Lake Windermere in the Cumbrian Lake District and traverses the magnificent north Pennines before ending at Kielder Reservoir in Northumberland. During its 166 miles progress it takes in some of the most beautiful unspoilt countryside in the country and visits a cornucopia of small towns and long forgotten settlements, all with a fascinating history to be revealed. Its originator, Alistair Wallace, has already been hailed as 'the new Wainwright' and this book can only enhance his reputation further. Published November 99. Limited availability.

 

 

MIDLANDS - For Offa's Dyke see Powys Books  For Wye Valley Walk see Herefordshire Books

Three Choirs Way, Gloucestershire-Worcestershire-Herefordshire, Gerry Stewart - A long distance footpath between the cities of Gloucester, Hereford, and Worcester, with a theme of poetry and music linking the walk with the Music Festival celebrated at the three cathedrals for over 300 years. The attractive and varied countryside of the three counties provides a glorious walk of 100 miles through a region of hopyards, vineyards and orchards where it is said blessed by the eye between Severn and Wye.   Published Nov 09.

The Teme Valley Way: Sauce to Source, Bob Charteris - Features a 100-mile walk from the centre of the city of Worcester, through the countryside of the counties of Worcester, Hereford, Shropshire, Radnor and Montgomery, exploring the valley of River Teme, discovering many interesting places, finding the source of the river on Cilfaesty Hill, and rejoining the Severn in the town of Newtown.  Published March 06. Limited availability.

ISBN: 9781846850981 - The Teme Valley Way: Sauce to Source

 

The Monarch's Way, Book 1: The Midlands, Trevor Antill - This walk closely follows the route taken by Charles II after his defeat at Worcester in 1651. Starting from Worcester it goes first north, then south through the Cotswolds and the Mendips to the coast, then along the South Downs to Shoreham. This, the first book, covers the 175 mile route from Worcester to Stratford-upon-Avon.  Published June 05. Limited availability.

The Monarch's Way: Midlands, Worcester to Strotford-upon-Avon Bk. 1

Book 2: The Cotswolds, The Mendips and the Sea - covers the 210 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon to Charmouth.  Published June 05.  Limited availability.

Book 3: The South Coast, The Downs...and Escape! - The final book covers the 225 miles from Charmouth to Shoreham.  Published November 95. Limited availability.

The Severn Way, Terry Marsh - This guidebook offers all the information walkers need to enjoy the 338km (210 miles) of the Severn Way. Beginning at the River Severn's source in Powys, mid-Wales, the route follows the entire Severn Valley, meandering through many superb landscapes and interesting towns and villages before finishing near Bristol, in south-west England. The step-by-step route description is divided into four county sections, accompanied by OS map extracts and packed with historical and geographical information about the places along the way. Also includes a route to the source of the river via Plynlimon and a link route from Severn Beach back to Bristol at the end. Published Feb 14. K


                   
 ISBN: 9781852846855 - The Severn Way


Along the Severn from Source to Sea, Chris Witts -210 miles from Pllynlimon to the Bristol Channel, along England's longest river. The book describes the author's journey, rather than giving detailed directions.  Published May 98. Limited availability.
A Teme Valley Walk, David Milton - The Teme is one of the most beautiful and fast-flowing rivers in the country but remains quite secretive for much of its length. For this long distance walk David Milton has attempted to remain as close to the river as is possible but has not been afraid to take to the hills along its course where footpaths, public transport or accommodation needs dictate. It starts in Worcester and ends, after visiting the source of the river, in Newtown, a total distance of 93 miles. Published October 02.

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The Heart of England Way, Stephen Cross - 102 miles of linear walk, 225 miles of 32 linked circular walks. Published Oct 11.

Heart of England Way, John Roberts - This 100 mile walk between Cannock Chase and the Cotswolds is described in both directions with information about the landscapes, villages, canals , churches and railways. Notes on transport and an accommodation list.  Limited availability. Published February 00.

HEART OF ENGLAND WAY

The Heart of England Way: From the Cotswolds to Cannock Chase, Roger Noyce - This collection of walks is based on and around 'The Heart of England Way' - a 100 mile walking way which meanders from Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds to Milford on the edge of Cannock Chase. The routes (varying from 3 to 10 miles) are suitable for all abilities, and take walkers through a picturesque town or village along 'The Way'. Alternative 'short cut' routes and a stop at a selected pub are built in! Limited availability.  Published June 99.

The Severn Way, Terry Marsh - This guidebook offers all the information walkers need to enjoy the 338km (210 miles) of the Severn Way. Beginning at the River Severn's source in Powys, mid-Wales, the route follows the entire Severn Valley, meandering through many superb landscapes and interesting towns and villages before finishing near Bristol, in south-west England. The step-by-step route description is divided into four county sections, accompanied by OS map extracts and packed with historical and geographical information about the places along the way. Also includes a route to the source of the river via Plynlimon and a link route from Severn Beach back to Bristol at the end. Published Feb 14.

The Salters Way, John Merrill - Walk from Northwich, following old saltways to the Pennine Hills at Slatersford.  Limited availability. Published November 91.

Three Counties Challenge Walk, John Merrill - A tough, mountainous, 28 mile challenge starting at Tittesworth Reservoir and covering the countryside around the borders of Cheshire, Staffordshire, and Derbyshire.  Limited availability. Published April 93.

SOUTH AND SOUTH-WEST

The South-West Coast Path, Paddy Dillon - The guidebook divides the route into 45 stages of between 12.5- 37.5km beginning and ending where amenities are available. No other stretch of coastline compares for scenic splendour, historical sites and availability of refreshments, accommodation and public transport, making it easy to split the South West Coast Path into week or weekend-long sections. Packed with lots of information for planning your walk, including clear step-by-step route descriptions and OS map extracts, public transport links, accommodation and facilities along the way. Also described is the 17-mile South Dorset Ridgeway, from West Bexington to Osmington Mills, which can be used as a scenic way to shave 42 miles off the total distance. This epic route takes in Exmoor National Park, five Areas of Outstanding National Beauty and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, besides various nature reserves and SSSIs. Published Feb 16. 

SW Coast Path - Exmoor and North Devon, Henry Stedman and Joel Newton - Practical guide with 53 large scale maps (1:20,000). Includes accommodation guide, pubs and restaurants and public transport information. This new guide covers the first section of the South West Coast Path, from Minehead to Bude (125 miles). This spectacular route passes through the Exmoor National Park following the highest coastline in England (over 800ft), through numerous idyllic villages such as Lynton and Clovelly, around Barnstaple Bay and Hartland Point to the seaside resort of Bude just over the border with Cornwall. The guide includes 53 large-scale walking maps; itineraries for all walkers; practical information for all budgets - guides to 30 towns and villages showing where to stay, where to eat, what to see, plus detailed street plans; comprehensive public transport information; flora and fauna; four page full colour flower guide, plus an illustrated section on local wildlife; responsible tourism; and GPS waypoints.  Published May 12.

Exmoor and North Devon Coast Path: SW Coast Path Minehead to Bude

Cornwall Coast Path, Bude to Plymouth, Henry Stedman and Joel Newton - This extended guide covers the 2nd section of the South West Coast Path, from Bude to Plymouth, following the national trail for 288 miles. Published April 16

South West Coast Path: Dorset & South Devon Coast Path - Plymouth to Poole Harbour - Henry Stedman and Joel Newton. Published Feb 13

South West Coastal Path, Falmouth to Exmouth, Brian Le Messurier - The South West Coast Path is the spectacular 630-mile (1008-km) National Trail around the west most tip of Britain. This volume features the 172-mile (277-km) section of the Path from Falmouth to Exmouth, a route which takes the walker past stunning clifftop scenery, fen-like estuary margins and isolated Cornish coves. This is the complete, official guide for the long-distance walker or the weekend stroller. All you need is this one book.  New Edition Published April 15.

ISBN: 9781845135645 - South West Coast Path

Walking the South Coast of England, David Bathurst - Discover hidden gems, fantastic walks and stunning scenery right on your doorstep. There's something for everyone, from seasoned hikers to summertime strollers.  Published May 08. K

ISBN: 9781840246544 - Walking the South Coast of England

The South West Coast Path Guide 2015, South West Coast Path Association.  Published Feb 15.

A Coastal Affair, Walking England's South West Coast Path, Steve Aikenhead and Peter Seed - Including stories and insights from the authors, this book is a tour of one of the world's most spectacular trails. It includes overviews of the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path, the best places to stay and eat and information on special attractions along the way.  Limited availability.  Published March 04.

South West Coast Path 1 XT 40 Map, Minehead to St Ives, Harvey - New Edition National Trail maps of the South West Coast Path. Whole route on 3 maps. Includes 2015 route changes. Genuine, original Harvey mapping at 1:40000. Clear easy to read. Easy to re-fold. Opens directly to any part of the route. Slim and flexible. Light to carry. Tearproof and durable and 100% waterproof - no need for a map case. Published April 15

South West Coast Path 2 XT 40 Map, St Ives to Plymouth, Harvey. Published May 15

South West Coast Path 3 XT 40 Map, Plymouth to Poole Harbour, Harvey. Published May 15. 

South West Coast Path: Padstow to Falmouth, John Macadam - Following Natural England's acorn waymarks, the route hugs the coast right around Land's End and the Lizard, via the ports of St Ives and Penzance. Published April 13

South West Coast Path: Exmouth to Poole, Roland Tarr  - This volume features the section of the Path from Exmouth to Poole, a distance of 116 miles (186 km) along the Jurassic Coast, a designated World Heritage Site. Following Natural Englandís acorn waymarks, the route wends its way along the cliffs, past The Cobb at Lyme Regis and the impressive sweep of the Chesil Beach to Lulworth Cove and Studland Bay. This is the complete, official guide for the long-distance walker or the weekend stroller. Published May 16

South West Coastal Path: Minehead to Padstow, Roland Tarr - This volume features the 163 mile section of the South West Coast Path from Minehead to Padstow. Full colour OS maps and photographs throughout. Includes short circular walks off the path, info on transport and accommodation, and useful addresses. Map scale 1:25,000. Published March 16

The South West Coast Path, Adam Burton - This challenging National Trail hugs the coast from Minehead in Somerset, all the way around the South West peninsula of Cornwall before ending at Studland in Dorset. The full path is not for the fainthearted; it runs for 630 miles up and down endless cliffs which, when added together give a height gain of almost four times the height of Mount Everest. But the path is not solely the domain of the endurance walker. Its various segments are enjoyed by many millions of visitors throughout the year, who come to marvel at the natural scenery on offer. Published Feb 12

Walking the South West Coast Path, A Companion Guide, Simon Butler and Philip Carter - intended to provide added pleasure and knowledge for those have walked it in whole or in part, or those who are planning to walk it. With the inclusion of over 200 illustrations - spectacular aerial photographs appearing alongside historic photos and stories - this companion guide paints a picture of the places the walker will find along the coastal route depicting them as they were in bygone days. This background information will enhance the reader's experience of their walk, long or short, helping them visualise the small villages, seaside towns and ports through which they pass, as they looked in earlier times. Published April 15.

 

 

The North Downs Way, Kev Reynolds - A guide to walking The North Downs Way in southern England and part of a two-book series on the North and South Downs ways. Each trail is split into 12 day-long sections, each illustrated with a route map showing stopping points and places of interest. This guide gives a thorough exploration of the North Downs trail from end to end, through the high chalky country, east from Farnham to Dover. The book is illustrated with 8 pages of colour photographs and 15 maps. It is pocket-sized, robust and reliable - all from one of Cicerone's leading guidebook authors. Published March 11.  K

ISBN: 9781852846404 - The North Downs Way


North Downs Way XT40 (East and West) - The Route Map XT40 is based on original HARVEY mapping with all the information a walker needs to walk this entire route on a map at 1:40,000 scale. Published Sept 13

North Downs Way (National Trail Guide), Colin Saunders - The North Downs Way is the National Trail that follows Natural Englandís acorn waymarks from Farnham to the coast at Dover. This picturesque Trail takes in chalk ridges, river valleys and sections of the Pilgrimsí Way. At the eastern end you can either walk via Canterbury (a total distance of 130 miles, 208 km) or follow the southern route (123 miles, 197 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 Jan 16

 

North Downs Way (British Walking Guide), John Curtin - A title in Trailblazer's 10-title series of British Walking Guides. A 131-mile National Trail, the North Downs Way runs from Farnham in Surrey to Dover in Kent via Canterbury, winding its way through the protected landscape of two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Surrey Hills and the Kent Downs. The path passes medieval churches, castles, Neolithic burial sites, vineyards and numerous WWII defences. There are literary associations with Swift, Cobbett, Dickens and Jane Austen. - 10 town plans and 60 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. Published Aug 06. Limited availability.

The North Downs Way, Belinda Knox - Photographer Belinda Knox presents an illustrated guide to the Way featuring the absorbing history of the route, flora and fauna and an insight into the concept of pilgrimage. All along the stretch of footpaths from Farnham to Dover, nature presents inspiration and seasonal beauty to the walker. The route climbs upwards and dives down through the countryside; brushes with the ruins of one palace; three cathedrals; four castles; a multitude of churches; both old and new ways of transportation; a coastal path; remarkable relics from wartime; some neolithic stones and long barrows - and of course, is experienced through the lens of the British weather. Published June 12. Limited availability.

The Thames Path (National Trail Guides), David Sharp - Running for 180 miles (288 km) from the river's source in rural Gloucestershire to the Thames barrier, the Thames Path is England's newest National Trail and one of the most varied and accessible of the country's long-distance paths. The Countryside Agency's acorn waymarks lead the walker through tranquil water meadows, past the dreaming spires of Oxford and the pageantry of Windsor and Hampton Court, through the heart of the capital, to London's Docklands and beyond. This is the official guide to the Path and will be invaluable to the long-distance walker and weekend stroller alike.  Published May 10. New Edition Aug 16.

The Thames Path National Trail Companion- Practical information for walkers on the Thames path, from its source in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier. includes details of accommodation, services in the towns and villages en route, public transport and maps and guidebooks. Published April 13.

With Rucksack and Bus Pass, Beverley Hansford - With Rucksack and Bus Pass is the personal and inspirational account of the author and his wife, Johanna, who set themselves a challenge - to walk all 184 miles of the Thames path. The route took them from the source of the river in Gloucestershire to the barrier in the Thames Estuary. They travelled through an ever-changing landscape, marvelling at nature every step of the way, fascinated by the history that surrounded them along the paths they took. During their walk they proved that as pensioners in their 70s, they could tackle the route and take pleasure in setting themselves a challenge -and succeeding. With Rucksack and Bus Pass is the story of their journey. It's their experiences as dedicated walkers delighting in the countryside and the challenges faced along the way. It shares their exhilaration of a challenge successfully met and will encourage readers to get out and explore the Thames path themselves. Published November 10.

Buggy Friendly Walks in the Thames Valley, Catharine Gregory - At some point after having a baby. most new mums would quite like to start exercising again. What better way than to get outdoors with your baby in a stroller, perhaps team up with some other mums and walk your way back to fitness? Catharine Gregory has created a series of lovely country walks that can be enjoyed by anybody but also happen to be suitable for buggies. All the walks are circular and range between 1 and a half and 6 miles. Published April 12

Walking the Thames Valley, Steve Davison - This guide book contains a collection of 25 adventurous circular walks in the Thames Valley, covering the Southern Chilterns, Berkshire, Lambourn and North Hampshire Downs, and Southern Oxfordshire, all within easy reach of Reading, Newbury, Abingdon and surrounding towns. The walks vary in length from 10 to 18 miles and include a two-day (26 miles) weekend walk over the Lambourn Downs. All walks have a detailed route description that includes information on points of interest along the way and are accompanied by a map of the route. Ten of the walks also have shorter (around 7 to 10 miles) options detailed, for those times when you want a less strenuous walk. Some of the walks visit the remains of Iron Age hill forts while others pass more modern features such as Wilton Windmill and the Kennet and Avon Canal. Some follow sections of the Ridgeway National Trail, while others gently meander along the banks of the River Thames. What they all have in common is that they take the adventurous rambler to some of the best parts of the region. Published November 08. K

The Thames Path: From the Sea to the Source, Leigh Hatts - This guide takes the walker from the Thames Barrier in London to the source of the Thames 180 miles away in rural Gloucestershire. The towpath route, opened as a national trail in 1996, has been improved by the addition of new footbridges and the creation of 20 miles of new riverside path. More than 90 per cent of the Thames Path is either public footpath or bridleway. The Thames, once an important water highway, links a string of historic sites. In the capital there is Greenwich, the Houses of Parliament and Lambeth Palace. Hampton Court Palace lies just outside London, and before reaching Windsor there is riverside Runneymede where King John agreed to the Magna Carta. The water and towpath in the Upper Reaches can be both beautiful and lonely, with cormorants, herons and swans, as appreciated by Shelley and William Morris. The climax is the 22 miles of the infant Thames leading to a field with its often dry spring situated just below the Roman Foss Way. Published April 16. K

Thames Path: From the source to Hampton Court, David Sharpe - The official guide to the riverside path from its Gloucestershire source all the way to the outskirts of London. With the London Thames now covered by Aurumís separate new guide, a companion volume can concentrate on the appeal of the full 150 miles of the country Thames, which winds all the way from its Gloucestershire source near Cirencester to Hampton Court on the edge of the London conurbation. This new edition has a wealth of new information about the many sights and places of interest along the way, from Wittenham Clumps that Paul Nash used to paint to Heston Blumenthalís Fat Duck restaurant at Bray, as well as full walking tours of historic Oxford and Windsor & Eton. Published May 12.

Thames Path in London: From Hampton Court to Crayford Ness, Phoebe Clapham - a completely new walkerís guide just to the London Thames, laid out to its new full-colour Trail Guide design, and including the extension to Crayford . Here is all the history along the river from the Mesolithic Period timber piles near Vauxhall Bridge to the new Shard skyscraper shooting skywards at London Bridge. It covers all the folklore from the famous frost fairs to the much-lamented beach near Tower Bridge, not forgetting the poignant recent visit of a large whale to the centre of London. Published June 16

Thames Path Adventure Atlas (A-Z Adventure Atlas) - Excellent walking guide to the Thames path, with maps and good instructions. Published June 13

Thames Path: Practical Walking Guide from Thames Head to the Thames Barrier, Joel Newton - Guide to the Thames Path National Trail running for 184 miles from the river's source at Thames Head near Kemble, Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier in London. The path leads from the start of the river in a meadow in the Cotswolds through Oxford, and further historic towns, churches, abbeys and castles including Lechlade, Abingdon, Wallingford, Henley, past Runnymede, the site of the signing of Magna Carta, and Windsor Castle. Passing by so many ancient sites, this is as much a walk through history as an easy ramble along a river bank. The route through London - particularly along the south bank - remains relatively countrified, at least as far as Putney, from which the approaching sights of Westminster and Tower Bridge offer vistas as impressive as any others along the river's green and scenic upper reaches. With 90 trail maps and 10 town plans. Published March 15.

Walks Along the Thames Path, Ron Emmons -  Featuring 25 circular walks, "Walks along the Thames Path", takes in beautiful countryside, busy towns, historic palaces and cost pubs, with nearby places of interested included as optional extras. The fascinating text reveals the architecture, flora and fauna, cultural points of interest and historical connections to be found en route. As the river meanders through varied terrain from its source in Gloucestershire through the heart of London to the Thames Barrier, Ron Emmons offers a wealth of detail. Taking in some of England's major attractions from the Royal town of Windsor and the splendid spires of Oxford, to little known villages, picturesque meadows and the sights and sounds of London. With walks to suit all interests and abilities, together with full visitor information on all public amenities en route and easy-to-follow directions and excellent route maps for each walk, this guide offers visitors to this area the opportunity to experience the delights of England's most important waterway. Published March 11. Limited availability.

River Thames and the Thames Path - Tourist map of the River Thames and Thames Path from the Source to the Thames Barrier at 1:55,000, with detailed town plans at 1:12,500. The Thames and Severn Canal is also featured from Sapperton Tunnel to the Thames at Inglesham. Includes navigation and historical information, visitor moorings, marinas and boatyards, boat hire centres, facilities for the boat user, rowing, sailing and boat clubs, shops and distance markers. Information for the tourist includes tourist information centres, places of interest, pubs, nature reserves, parks, churches, national cycle routes, long distance paths, public toilets, youth hostels, caravan and camp sites. Published Sept 14

Thames Path XT 40, Harvey Maps. Published March 12

 

South Downs Way: National Trail Guide, Paul Millmore - The South Downs Way runs for 100 miles (160 km) over the chalk downland of Sussex and Hampshire, from Eastbourne to Winchester. It is one of only two National Trails that can be used not only by walkers but also by cyclists and horse-riders for its entire length This is the complete, official guide for the long-distance walker or the weekend stroller. All you need is this one book. Published March 16.   

ISBN: 9781781315637 - South Downs Way

South Downs Way XT40, Harvey - Just one Harvey map covers the whole route. This map is detailed, with the route of the National Trail clearly marked. The map also contains general info & useful telephone nos to assist with planning. Published June 13

ISBN: 9781851374779 - South Downs Way

South Downs Way Winchester to Eastbourne, Jim Manthorpe - Fully revised third edition. This 100-mile footpath follows the line of chalk hills stretching from Winchester to Eastbourne. Includes information on planning, places to stay and places to eat. Includes 60 large scale walking maps at just under 1:20,000 (8cm = 1 mile). Published June 15.

South Downs Way, Fiona Barltrop - This popular National Trail follows undulating terrain from the cathedral city of Winchester to the chalk cliffs at Eastbourne. The book has background on geology, scenery and wildlife, with detailed route description and over 60 photographs. Here is all you need for a splendid week's walking holiday. Published June 11.

The South Downs Way: Including a Guide to Local Accommodation along the route, David Harrison. Published August 98.

The South Downs Way: Including a Guide to Local Accommodation Along the Route

The South Downs Way, Kev Reynolds - This guidebook describes the South Downs Way National Trail as it passes through the South Downs National Park. Described in 12 daily stages in both east-west and west-east directions, this glorious 100-mile (160km) national trail runs between Winchester and Eastbourne entirely within the South Downs National Park, following the northern escarpment for much of the way and rarely descends to habitation except where river valleys interrupt the regular course of the Downs. The South Downs Way links many ancient and historical tracks, passing many sites of particular interest to those with a thirst for the past, but the main joy is the appreciation and recognition of this surprisingly secretive land that will please and delight any walker. Published Jan 15.

South Downs Way

South Downs Way Adventure Series (Adventure Atlas) - Published March 13

The South Downs Way, Belinda Knox - The South Downs Way runs for a hundred miles from Eastbourne to Winchester. The route encompasses dramatic cliffs at Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, awe-inspiring vistas at Devil's Dyke, the historic villages of Arundel and Steyning, and ancient and mysterious sites at Chanctonbury Ring and the Long Man of Wilmington. Photographer Belinda Knox presents an illustrated guide to the Way, pointing out the interesting and idiosyncratic sights along the route. Published April 08

The Ridgeway, Anthony Burton - The Ridgeway is the 85-mile (137-km) National Trail that incorporates one of the oldest 'green roads' in Europe. Following the Countryside Agency's acorn waymarks, the scenic route stretches from Overton Hill in the west across the Marlborough Downs and the Vale of the White Horse, over the undulating hills of the Chilterns, to Ivinghoe Beacon. This is the complete, official guide for the long-distance walker or the weekend stroller. All you need is this one book.  Published June 16.

The Ridgeway National Trail, Steve Davison - The Ridgeway allows you to explore the contrasting chalk landscapes of the North Wessex Downs AONB with its wide open chalk downs and the more intimate, wooded countryside of the Chilterns AONB. The trail follows tracks that have been walked for over 5000 years, making it probably 'the oldest road in Britain'. Fascinating information about places along the trail, and detours further afield, allow the reader to understand the area better. Illustrated with OS map extracts and inspiring colour photography. Published March 13. K. New edition Nov 16

Ridgeway National Trail Companion, Elaine Townson -   Published February 14. Limited availability.

Ridgeway XT40 (Walker's Map S.), Harvey Maps - The Ridgeway covers the complete route (137km) from Overton Hill near Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon, east of Tring in Hertfordshire.  Published May 08

The Ridgeway (British Walking Guide), Nick Hill - An 87-mile (139km) National Trail, the Ridgeway runs from Overton Hill near Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. Part of this route follows the oldest road in the country, dating back millennia. Taking 5-7 days, this is not a difficult walk and the rewards are many: wide views across rolling countryside, Iron Age forts, Neolithic burial mounds, white horses carved into the chalk downs and picturesque villages. Published Jan 12

The Ridgeway, John Cleare - Running for nearly 90 miles across southern England, the Ridgeway National Trail is one of our most ancient cross-county routes. Following the crest of a sequence of well-defined chalk escarpments - the Marlborough Downs, the Berkshire or White Horse Downs and the Chilterns - the Ridgeway leads from Overton Hill near the Neolithic stone circle at Avebury to imposing Ivinghoe Beacon close to Dunstable, at its half-way point crossing the River Thames at Streatley. Used for centuries as a trade route, a pathway for the armies of Saxon and Dane, a cattle drove and a local cart track, the Ridgeway is today an official National Trail, designated in 1973 by the Countryside Commission. West of the Thames the route is a continuous green road, while the eastern, typically-wooded Chiltern section is mostly footpaths. In its entirety the Ridgeway is a notable backpacking expedition. This book follows the route as it traverses the ever-changing downland, shares the frequent spectacular views to capture the atmosphere of this special cross section of England. It should fascinate and enthuse all those who use the Ridgeway be they Sunday afternoon strollers, cross-country cyclists, equestrians or hardy backpackers. Published April 11. Limited availability.

Discovering The Ridgeway, Vera Burden and Howard Clarke - The Ridgeway path is an officially designated 85 mile national trail for walkers along the Wessex downs and Chiltern Hills. The route is described twice, firstly from Avebury to Ivinghoe, and then in the opposite direction Ivinghoe to Avebury, so that the description is easy to follow whether you walk eastwards of westwards, or whether you choose to walk the whole path or just a section of it, for a week, for a day or just for an hour. This guide also includes chapters on the natural history of the Ridgeway, and the archaeology.  Published May 02. Limited availability.

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The Greater Ridgeway, Ray Quinlan - The Greater Ridgeway runs for 363 miles, from Lyme Regis on the south coast to Hunstanton on the Norfolk coast. It incorporates four established long distance paths: The Wessex Ridgeway, The Ridgeway National Trail, the Icknield Way and the Peddars Way. This guide contains a clear and accurate route description, accommodation and facility guide, colour photographs and full colour OS maps.  Published March 03. Limited availability.

 

The Orange Way, Les Ham - This 350 mile long distance walk is a walk in the footsteps of history, along a route that encompasses a reminder of England's heritage. It follows the march in 1688 of Prince William of Orange and his army from Brixham in Devon, across the countryside to London. It links the walker to the unfolding story of the 'Glorious Revolution' highlighting the relevant events which took place on or near the route. Published August 03.

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The Macmillan Way, Peter Titchmarsh - the 290 mile coast to coast path from Boston to Abbotsbury.  Published January 03.

Macmillan Way West, Peter Titchmarsh - The main Macmillan Way runs from Boston on the Lincolnshire coast to the Dorset coast at Abbotsbury. It is called the Macmillan Way as it has been developed to increase public awareness of Macmillan Cancer Relief and to assist in the raising of funds for this vitally important charitable organisation, whose role is to improve the lives of people with cancer and their families. Macmillan Way West is a 102-mile, fully waymarked branch-path leaving the main path at Castle Cary in Somerset and heading westwards across the Somerset Levels, the Quantocks and Exmoor, to Barnstaple where it links to the South West Coastal Footpath. Published Feb 01

Along and Around the High Weald Landscape Trail, Guidebook with Detachable Route Guide and Ordnance Survey Maps, Lorna Jenner & Eila Lawton - A guide to walking the 90 mile High Weald Landscape Trail which stretches across the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from Hersham in West Sussex to Rye in East Sussex. Includes information on the history of the area.  Limited availability.  Published May 99.
 

The Hardy Way, Margaret Marande - A detailed description of the 213 mile route from Hardy's birthplace in Higher Bockhampton, to Stinsford Church, where his heart is buried, accompanied by knowledgeable references to Hardy's work. Published April 15.

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

The Three Castles Path: Footpath Route from Windsor to Winchester Based Upon the 13th- Century Journeys of King John at the Time of Magna Canta (Rambling for Pleasure S.)

 

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