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National Trails: The National Trails of England, Scotland and Wales, Paddy Dillon - National Trails were established as part of the post-war programme to keep areas of Britain "special" and to protect them from development. The first such route, the Pennine Way, opened in 1965, and since then another 14 have been designated in England and Wales, with a further 4 in Scotland. Together, the National Trails cover well over 5000 kilometres (3100 miles), each one with unique qualities which explore the rich, scenic and historic countryside of Britain. Even the most dedicated long-distance walker would take over 200 days to walk them all, but most are happy to explore them one after another over several annual holidays. With its route descriptions, photographs and profiles, this book is not only an invaluable reference for anyone researching our National Trails, but is in itself a celebration of these wonderful routes across Britain's landscape. Paddy Dillon has walked all the National Trails twice, and keeps abreast of all the latest developments. Published Sept 15. K.

ISBN: 9781852845049 - The National Trails

Long Distance Walker's Notebook, Alfred Wainwright - Whether you are walking an old favourite such as the Coast to Coast path or venturing off on one of Europe's E-Routes, Wainwright's Long Distance Walker's Notebook is an ideal companion. As well as information on National Trails, Europe's E-Routes and other long-distance walks there is flexible journaling space, plus sections to record details of accommodation, favourite pubs and people you meet on the way. You can also keep a tally of where and how far you have walked in any year. Wainwright's Long Distance Walker's Notebook is illustrated throughout with Alfred Wainwright's inspirational and often humorous pen and ink drawings. Published March 11

Out On Your Feet: The World of Hundred-mile Walking, Julie Welch - In 2004 Aurum published Richard Askwith's Feet in the Clouds, his book about the remarkable sport of fell-running. It was quickly acclaimed as a classic sports book, and has gone on to sell, at the most recent count, over 30,000 copies. Now Aurum publishes another book which promises to be a similarly maverick sports book classic. For some years Julie Welch edited the magazine of the Long Distance Walkers Association (a remarkably large group of people who meet up most weekends to accomplish arduously long walking challenges 30, 40, 50 miles long). And she became more and more intrigued, even obsessed, with the highlight (others might say nadir) of the long-distance-walking calendar: The annual Hundred. Walking a hundred miles, non-stop, within 48 hours - watching the sun come up twice...So eventually she decided she had to have a go herself. This is the story of what happened: of the 50-mile walks she took part in to build up to the big day; the singular, admirable, sometimes eccentric and above all tough as old boots members of the long-distance fraternity, and finally (as far as she can remember) recollects the full wonder, pain, horror, exhilaration, even hallucination (from groups of nuns to children's roadside picnics at 4 in the morning) of walking a Hundred. Published Sept 09. K

Long Distance Path Chart - Lists over 500 paths and routes. Companion to the Long Distance Walker's Handbook (7th edition). Harvey.  Published November 02. Limited availability.

LONG DISTANCE PATH CHART

The UK Trailwalker's Handbook - a directory of long-distance paths in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland compiled by the Long Distance Walkers' Association, covering 730 national trails, long-distance paths and anytime challenges, with regional overview maps and an index of walking guide publishers and support companies. The UK has a network of long-distance trails currently covering 60,000 miles of footpath and growing steadily. Millions walk along them every year - some walking a complete route, some just walking a stretch on holiday, at weekends or even as part of their daily commute. But where are all these trails and what are they like? How do you find one that suits you and matches your timescale? What maps, guidebooks or websites do you need and where can you find them? Does anyone run a 'sherpa' service? These questions and many more are answered by this 8th edition of the book giving you all the information you need to select the best route. Published Nov 09. K

The UK Trailwalker's Handbook

The Long Distance Walkers Handbook  - A comprehensive directory of long-distance walking routes in Britain. The walks are listed alphabetically and according to distance in miles and kilometres, and the volume also includes details of walks of 20 miles and above. Endorsed by the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA), this seventh edition incorporates approximately 100 additional paths, with maps that have been redrawn to incorporate the additional walks.  Published April 02. Limited availability.

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The Land's End to John O'Groats Walk, Andrew McCloy - This book details a complete traffic free walking route, using cliff paths, old railway tracks, packhorse routes, canal towpaths, field paths, bridleways, National Trails, green lanes, open moorland, river banks and other rights of way. Published March 01. Limited availability.

The Land's End to John O'Groats Walk

The End to End Trail: Land's End to John O'Groats on Foot, Andy Robinson - This guide outlines the route from Land's End to John O'Groats keeping as far from roads as the author could devise. At 1935km, 1200 miles, the route is long and tough. This guide outlines the route, guiding you through the very best that the British countryside can offer. The guide has a full trail description and maps, concentrating on the "missing-links" between the main long-distance trails that are well covered in other Cicerone guides, including the South West Coast Path, Offa's Dyke, the Pennine Way and the West Highland Way. The route is broken into six sections and then into 61 daily stages averaging just less than 32km or 20 miles each, allowing the walker to complete the journey in two months.  Published March 07. K

ISBN: 9781852845124 - The End to End Trail

John O' Groats to Lands End: The Official Challenge Guide, Brian Smailes - This book is suitable for walkers, cyclists, and motorists, giving the most direct route on roads, but not motorways. It covers equipment, methods of walking, safety and food, as well as giving extensive information on B & Bs and campsites.  Published January 04. Limited availability.

John O' Groats to Lands End: The Official Challenge Guide

 

 

 

From John O'Groats to Land's End Part 1, John and Robert Naylor - "It was a big undertaking, especially as we had resolved not to journey by the shortest route, but to walk from one great object of interest to another, and to see and learn as much as possible of the country we passed through on our way. We were to walk the whole of the distance between the north-eastern extremity of Scotland and the south-western extremity of England, and not to cross a ferry or accept or take a ride in any kind of conveyance whatever. We were also to abstain from all intoxicating drink, not to smoke cigars or tobacco, and to walk so that at the end of the journey we should have maintained an average of twenty-five miles per day, except Sunday, on which day we were to attend two religious services."  Published July 07. Limited availability.

ISBN: 9781406530667 - From John O'Groat's to Land's End (Part I) (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press)

Also: From John O'Groats to Land's End Part 2.  Published July 07. Limited availability.

From John O'Groats to Land's End, Robert and John Naylor - A comprehensive account of a nine week journey at the end of the 19th century.  Published April 07.


ISBN: 9781406834956 - From John O' Groats to Land's End

The National Three Peaks Walk: 4th edition. Including information on the 4th Peak Slieve Donard Northern Ireland, Brian Gordon Smailes.  Published January 16.

ISBN: 9781903568538 - The National 3 Peaks Walk

When I Walk, I Bounce:  Walking from Land's End to John O'Groats, Mark Moxon - Convinced that walking from Land's End to John O'Groats will be a pleasant way to spend the summer, Mark Moxon soon discovers that there's a lot more to crossing Britain than simply putting one foot in front of the other. In this entertaining and frequently hilarious book, Mark takes us on a journey not only of 1111 miles, but of the highs and lows of long-distance walking.  Published February 07. Limited availability. K

ISBN: 9781846855559 - When I Walk, I Bounce

 

Julia Bradbury's Wainwright Walks: Coast to Coast  - The much-loved fellwalker Alfred Wainwright created one of the truly great walking challenges – to walk across the whole of England. The Coast to Coast route was AW’s last great venture and has become his greatest legacy to long distance walkers – a beautifully simple proposition, linking three national parks that lie between the Irish and the North Sea - The Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales and The North Yorks Moors National Parks. Accompanying the BBC television series, this book follows Julia Bradbury as she re-traces Wainwright’s grand traverse. The book collects together all six stages of the walk from the TV series, with Julia’s commentary on her experience of the walk accompanied by stills, evocative landscape photography, and AW’s celebrated line drawings. Julia crosses this changing landscape in sun, wind and rain, learns something of its history and meets the people that make up almost 200 miles of northern England’s most glorious countryside. Published April 13

Coast:The Walks - Accompanying BBC2's BAFTA award-winning television series, Coast: The Walks will inspire you to explore the best that the coastline of the British Isles has to offer. With more than 50 fantastic walks around Great Britain and Ireland, this practical guidebook features a variety of town and rural routes that are designed to suit both experienced walkers and those who fancy nothing more taxing than an afternoon stroll. Published March 08

Coastal Walks Around Britain, Andrew McCloy and Stephen Whitehorne - Accompanied by beautiful colour photography, "Coastal Walks Around Britain" celebrates the varied treasures to be found on the coastlines of England, Wales and Scotland. Andrew McCloy has devised 15 two- to three-day walks along sections of Britain's most famous coastal paths, which are accompanied by clear and detailed maps. His commentaries focus on the unique treats the seaside has to offer the senses, be it the squall of gulls, brisk winds or warming sunshine. He explores sites which include the rollercoaster chalk cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, the hidden bays of South Cornwall, the fishing villages of the North Yorkshire coast and the beautiful Gower peninsula in Wales.  Published March 08. Limited availability.

ISBN: 9781847731272 - Coastal Walks Around Britain: 15 Magnificent Weekend Walks

 

The Coast to Coast Walk, (Recreational Path Guide) Martin Wainwright - The Coast to Coast Walk is unique among Britain's long-distance footpaths in that it was the invention of one man, the legendary Alfred Wainwright, and enjoys no official status like, for example, the National trails in England and Wales. Nevertheless, it has become one of Britain's most popular long-distance walks, which is hardly surprising as it traverses some of the finest walking territory in the country. Starting at St Bees on the Cumbrian coast, the route runs for 192 miles (307 km) to Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea and lies, for the most part, within the boundaries of three of Britain's loveliest National Parks - the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. As well as the main route there are also alternatives available at several points. Martin Wainwright's description of the route is divided into fifteen chapters, each covering one day's walk (though alternative stopping places are identified for those who wish to spread their journey over a longer period) and each section of the route is described in detail with accompanying Ordnance Survey 1:25 000 mapping and colour photographs. There are also brief feature essays on features or places of particular historical or landscape interest and a Useful Information section at the end which gives details of organisations which provide advice or information on matters such as travel and accommodation. Covering one day's walk, this title features 1:25 000 Ordnance Survey mapping marked with points of interest along the route. It has full colour photographs throughout. It includes background information on local history, wildlife, archaeology and landscape. It also includes comprehensive 'Useful Information' section.  Published March 16.

ISBN: 9781845135607 - The Coast to Coast Walk

Coast to Coast with Wainwright, Alfred Wainwright and Derry Brabbs - This is a new edition of the classic photographic book containing the walk A. Wainwright devised in 1973, covering rights of way and areas of open access between the Irish sea and the North Sea. The route passes through three National Parks: the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, all areas of outstanding beauty. Providing a wide and varied range of scenery with changing landscapes over a distance of 190 miles, it is one of the most challenging of long-distance walks. The text has been updated to take account of minor changes in the terrain and the result is not merely the most beautiful but also the most authoritative and useful book on the much loved Coast to Coast walk. For this new edition, many of the photographs have been retaken by the legendary lakeland photographer, Derry Brabbs. The result is the transformation of an already fine book into something spectacular. Published Feb 09

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.

Scottish Coast to Coast Walk, Brian Smailes - 128 miles from Oban on the west coast to St Andrews on the east coast. Includes B&Bs and campsites.  Published March 00. Limited availability.

Coast to Coast Walk, Paul Hannon - St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay. The classic updated 190 mile route. 12 sections. Includes checklist of facilities.  Published Aug 10 

Coast to Coast Walk: 190 Miles Across Northern Engalnd (Walking Country S.)

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 commentary— rather like having a friendly escort, who chats knowledgeably. Distance 210 miles. Second edition. Published Oct 10

Coast to Coast on the Ravenber Way

 

Coast to Coast (West): St Bees to Keld (Route Maps S.), Harvey - The western half of this 190 mile route, covering the stretch from St. Bees to Keld. 1:40,000 scale strip map. GPS compatible. Waterproof, in clear plastic pocket. Information on accommodation, camping, food. Directions to the start. Also Ranger Service contact numbers and enlargements of towns/villages showing facilities available.  Published Feb 14.

Coast to Coast (East): Keld to Robin Hood's Bay XT 40 (Route Maps S.), Harvey.  Published June 13.

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Coast to Coast Path: St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay, Planning, Places to Stay, Places to Eat, Henry Stedman - Fully updated sixth edition of this complete guide to walking the famous Wainwright path from St Bees on the Irish Sea to the North Sea at Robin Hood's Bay. Includes 109 detailed walking maps, the largest scale maps available at just under 1:20,000, plus unique mapping features showing route times, gradients, where to stay, interesting features; itineraries for all walkers; detailed public transport information; practical information for all budgets and 8 town plans. Plus downloadable GPS waypoints and 20 full colour photos. Published March 16.

Coast to Coast Walk: St.Bees to Swaledale Pt. 1 (Long Distance Walks Maps), Footprint.  Published April 03.

Coast to Coast Walk: Map and Guide: East (Long Distance Walks Maps)   Published April 03.

Coast to Coast a Walker's Notebook: From St. Bees Head to Robin Hood's Bay, Alfred Wainwright - A Coast to Coast Walker's Notebook is the place where you can record details of your journey from one side of England (St Bees Head to Robin Hood's Bay) to the other. This walk is the most popular long distance walk in Britain and by writing up what you saw, who you met, where you spent the night or stopped for a cup of tea, you can re-live your experience over and over again. A tick lists allows you to record when different stages are completed (allowing you to do any bit of the walk at any one time rather than sequentially), flexible journal space enables you to write up your experience and sketch pages provide the opportunity for doodles, sketches or for you to stick in photos. A companion volume to Wainwright's A Coast to Coast Walk A Pictorial Guide and Coast to Coast with Wainwright or it can be used independently. Published Feb 09

A Northern Coast to Coast Walk: From St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay (Skills for Success Series), Terry Marsh - This is the third edition of Cicerone's guide to the Coast to Coast trail popularised by Wainwright. The walk from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay on Yorkshire's east coast is now one of the most popular long-distance walks in Britain. At 178 miles (300km) long, the trail can be easily walked within a two-week holiday period. The route is based on permitted rights of way and minimises the amount of road walking. The guide includes an accommodation listing. The guide is in three sections. The first gives the route description, from west to east, annotated as appropriate with notes of geological, historical, industrial, sociological and natural history interest. The second section gives the route description only in an east to west direction, cross-referenced to the points of interest. The final section comprises a description of variant routes and lists useful addresses. Published April 08. K

 
Coast to Coast: The Wainwright Route, Sandra Bardwell - This challenging walk of 184 miles (296 km) crosses the north of England from St Bees on the Irish Sea to Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea. It passes through three National Parks - the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors - with fine scenery, welcoming pubs and plenty of accommodation. Devised by the legendary Wainwright, the Coast to Coast is England's most popular walk. The book is richly illustrated with 115 photographs, 28 pages of maps (scale 1:50,000) and 16 altitude profiles. The format is lightweight, robust and waterproof. Published March 10

ISBN: 9781898481348 - Coast to Coast

The Alternative Coast to Coast, Dennis Brook and Phil Hinchliffe - The ACC begins on one island and finishes on another. It starts on the west coast at the Beachcomber Cafe on Walney Island near Barrow-in-Furness. After crossing the Irish Sea (tides permitting), the walk skirts the edge of Barrow, and on into the Lake District. Several Lakeland peaks are climbed, several delightful Lakeland villages are visited and the full length of Ullswater is walked. Between Penrith and Hexham, the route crosses the Northern Pennines. Hadrian's Wall is then negotiated before crossing Northumberland with its Cheviot Hills and wilderness areas. The ACC finishes in a grand style by crossing the North Sea (again tides permitting) and finally arrives at ancient Holy Island, or Lindisfarne as it was once known, on the east coast. For those who enjoy circular routes, there are suggested Return Routes on ten of the stages. Limited availability.  Published March 99. Limited availability.

THE ALTERNATIVE COAST TO COAST

Another Shore: Six long-distance walks in the British Isles, Roger Legg - Ever since Boy Scout days Roger Legg has obtained great pleasure from long-distance walking. On the whole he does not like following footpath routes designated by Acts of Parliament, nor following books of instructions on how to get from A to B ... proceed for one mile; turn left at the farm gate; be careful of the marsh at the bottom of hill ..... It all sounds a bit like joining the army and often fails to get the walker off the beaten track. Rather he prefers to plan his own route, to use map and compass. This book is a record of six journeys which he made in the British Isles during the years 1980 to 1991. Published Jan 13. K

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