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Offa's Dyke Path, David Hunter - Offa's Dyke was constructed by the powerful King of Mercia in the late eighth century to mark out the western boundary of his kingdom. Hundreds of years later this is the inspiration for a 170-mile National Trail traversing the border country of England and Wales. The whole route is described, with suggestions for circular walks covering sections of it. Undertaken in its entirety the route offers an attractive and at times demanding two-week trek for the long-distance walker. The Offa's Dyke Path makes its way through varied, sometimes wild, often remote, and frequently superb scenery, linked by a succession of historic towns and attractive villages. The guide combines practical information and advice with a generous helping of historical and scenic detail of this highly attractive border region. Written with enthusiasm, this is an ideal guidebook for both the long-distance walkers and those making shorter excursions along Offa's Dyke Path.  Published March 16. K

ISBN: 9781852845490 - Offa's Dyke Path

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Glyndwr's Way, Paddy Dillon - his guide to backpacking 135 miles along Glyndwr's Way National Trail through the county of Powys in mid-Wales, and back from Welshpool to the start at Knighton in 29 miles along the Offa's Dyke Path, provides all the information you need to explore this unfrequented landscape. The trail commemorates the Welsh leader Owain Glyndwr, visiting landmarks such as Powis Castle and Glyndwr's Parliament House at Machynlleth, as well as other historial and archeological sites. Easily accessed by train from Shrewsbury, the way is clearly waymarked throughout and there is accommodation available at the end of every stage, listed in full at the back of the guide to make planning easier. The description is broken into 9 stages of the main trail, and another 2 along Offa's Dyke Path National Trail for those who prefer a circular route, and accompanied by OS map extracts, photographs and lots of information on facilities available and historical points of interest along the way. Published April 14 K

ISBN: 9781852847326 - Glyndwr's Way


Glyndwr's Way XT40 (Route Maps) - Main points at a glance Detailed, clear and easy to read, Printed on tough 100% waterproof, tearproof paper, Light to carry less than half the weight of a laminated map, Good value whole route on one map, Information on accommodation and services included. Published Feb 14

Owain Glyndwr's Way, Richard Sale - 128 mile route along the Welsh borderlands named after the leader of the rebellion against the English in the 15th C. Owain Glyndwr's Way passes through a belt of wooded valleys between Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons. The footpath extends for 125 miles from Knighton westward to Machynlleth, then northeast to Welshpool. As both Knighton and Welshpool lie on Offa's Dyke there is potential for a circular walk.  Limited availability. Published April 01. Limited availability.

Glyndwr's Way (National Trail Guides), David Perrott - Owain Glyndwr's Way passes through a belt of wooded valleys between Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons - some of the most beautiful countryside in Wales. The footpath extends for 135 miles from Knighton westward to Machynlleth, then northeast to Welshpool. As both Knighton and Welshpool lie on Offa's Dyke there is potential for a circular walk, which must always be of interest to the walker. Owain Glyndwr (c. 1359-1415) was over 40 when his rebellion began in 1400. His fine record as a nobleman in the English court was soured when he offered the Welsh their freedom and independent nationality, their own church and universities. He was thought by his followers to possess supernatural powers over the elements; certainly he used both weather and terrain to assist him in his guerrilla warfare against the English. At the end of his struggle, in 1413, his legacy to the Welsh was, however, scorched earth and slavery. Glyndwr himself remained free and later disappeared. The walk visits several important sites of the campaign, a battlefield or two and Machynlleth, the site of Owain's parliament. In addition it passes Abbey Cwmhir, the spiritual home of free medieval Wales, burial ground of Llywelyn the Great, Lake Vyrnwy in its beautiful setting, a haven for birds, Llanidloes and Welshpool, a fine pair of market towns and many smaller places of interest. Glyndwr's Way carves a very remote and beautiful 135 mile arc which stretches through the hills and mountains of Mid-Wales between Knighton and Welshpool, anchored in the west by Machynlleth. From the bleak but beautiful isolation of Beacon Hill Common to the tranquillity of the River Vyrnwy, from the lonely moorland above Dylife to the rolling farmland of the Vale of Meifod, Glyndwr's Way offers an exhilarating walking experience and exploration of the remote Mid-Wales countryside. This fully revised guidebook was put together with the invaluable help of the official Glyndwr's Way manager. Published June 14.

ISBN: 9781908748140 - Glyndwr's Way National Trail

Glyndwr's Way, Mike Salter. Published June 12. Limited availability.

The Beacons Way - Holy Mountain to Bethlehem, John Sansom and Arwel Michael - The Beacons Way is the official trail of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority in Wales. This is the official guidebook to the 100 mile walking trail, produced for the Brecon Beacons Park Society. The Brecon Beacons National Park is a jewel in the crown of the UK's protected landscapes. It boasts some of the most spectacular formations in Britain, yet still remains one of the country's best kept series. The Beacons Way is a 100 mile walking trail designed for experienced walkers. It can be completed over 8 consecutive days or explored as a series of linear walks. The route, mainly through open country, has very little lane or road walking. This book features detailed route descriptions, colour photos and maps and includes chapters on the background to the Brecon Beacon National Park, the geology and scenery, tourist information, public transport and accommodation. Published July 11

The Cambrian Way: The Mountain Connoisseur's Walk, A J Drake - A challenging 275-mile high level route from Cardiff in the south to Conwy in the north. The walk is divided into stages to be walked over three weeks. Published March 08. Limited availability.

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Cambrian Way (Walks with History), Richard Sale. Published April 00

Wat's Dyke Way, Pete Lewis - The 61m/99km-long Watís Dyke Way is a linear walk through the borderlands of England and North Wales. The route runs through pastoral countryside close to the Welsh border between Llanymynech in Powys and Holywell in Flintshire. Includes a brief history of Watís Dyke, a map of the route, a detailed description of the trail and a section explaining how to use the guide plus four circular walks off the trail. Published June 08

Walking the Wales Coast Path, Paddy Dillon - The Welsh Coast Path, at 870 miles is the longest trail in Britain, tracing the coastline from Chester to Chepstow. This guidebook divides the coastal path into 9 geographical areas and 57 stages, ranging between 15 to 32km in length. Full of variety; from cities and castles to sandy beaches, tiny harbours to the crash of waves against rugged cliffs, the route offers new sights at every point. Never straying far from the sea, or climbing higher than 300m, the coastal trail can nevertheless offer strenuous walking as well as gentle rambles. Alongside detailed route descriptions and maps for each stage, the guidebook provides a range of practical information, whether you plan to walk the Wales Coast Path in full, or as a series of day-walks. Travel information, advice on accommodation and planning, as well as details on the history, wildlife and geology of the coast ensure that this is an ideal companion to uncovering the Welsh coast on foot. Published Jan 15

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The Wales Coast Path: A Practical Guide for Walkers, Chris Goddard and Katherine Evans - If you're walking the coast path in sections, as I am, this is the book to buy. I've done parts of the Anglesey coast, parts of Pembrokeshire and the Llyn Peninsula. It's been an excellent and reliable guide for all of them. The accommodation information has come in useful too, especially on their website. Highly recommended. Buyer Review. Published March 14

The Clwydian Way: Long Distance Trail Created to Celebrate the Millennium, David Hollet - In the main the path circles round Denbighshire, but in the east it crosses over into Flintshire, and in the west part of the alternative, Llansannan route, passes through Conwy. The entire route, however, runs through what can be rightly termed "The Heart of North Wales" - thus providing long-distance ramblers with a perfect combination of scenic countryside and medieval towns and villages to pass through and enjoy. The main, 122 mile-long route, runs from Prestatyn along the Clwydian Range, then on to Llangollen in the south. It then runs west along the Llantysilio Range to Corwen, north to Brenig, east through the Clocaenog Forest, and north again, through the Vale, back to Prestatyn. By the use of an alternative route through Llansannan, and a 'Link-Path' near Denbigh, the walk can, however, be broken down into three shorter circular walks, the 88 mile long 'South Clwydian Circular', the 55 mile long 'West Clwydian Circular', and the 42 mile long 'North Clwydian Circular'. Published December 00. Limited availability.

Wales Coast Path: Tenby-Swansea: Trail Guide, Chris Moss - 2012 saw the opening of the entire Welsh coastline as an official long-distance footpath. Now, to complement its existing National Trail Guide to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which makes up the section of the Path from Fishguard to just beyond Tenby, Aurum publishes a completely new guide to the other most scenic and popular stretch of the Wales coast Ė the section eastwards from Tenby to Swansea. Starting in the superbly picturesque tourism centre of Tenby itself, Chris Mossís guide follows the coast through Laugharne, famous as the birthplace of Dylan Thomas, Pendine Sands, whose vast level beach was the historic venue for the early attempts on the world land-speed record by buccaneering drivers like Parry-Thomas and Sir Henry Segrave, before winding right round the beautiful Gower Peninsula Ė an extremely popular holiday destination Ė before taking in the Mumbles to end in the bustling city of Swansea. With full route descriptions, OS 1:25,000 maps throughout, and dozens of stunning colour photographs, as well as a wealth of background history along the way, this new guide is the complete companion for both the seasoned walker and the weekend stroller. Published June 13.

ISBN: 9781781310670 - Wales Coast Path: Tenby-Swansea

Carmarthen Bay and Gower:Wales Coast Path Official Guide, Harri Garrod Roberts - One of a series of Official Guides to the Wales Coast Path, specially commissioned by the Countryside Council for Wales, these attractive and comprehensive guides contain everything walkers need to walk and enjoy the Wales Coast Path. This guide breaks the Carmarthen Bay & Gower section of the Wales Coast Path - from Tenby to Swansea - into achievable day-walk sections. Published May 15

Llyn Peninsula: Wales Coast Path Official Guide, Carl Rogers and Tony Bowerman. Published March 14

Pembrokeshire: Wales Coast Path Official Guide, Vivienne Crow. Published Aug 15

North Wales Coast: Wales Coast Path Official Guide (Chester to Bangor), Lorna Jenner. Published Oct 14

The Ceredigion and Snowdonia Coast Paths: Porthmadog to St Dogmaels, John Jones. Published April 14. K


SCOTLAND

West Highland Way, Terry Marsh - This second edition of the popular guide to the West Highland way provides an updated and current description of the route from Milngavie, Glasgow, to Fort William. The 95 miles of the route, which was opened in 1980, pass through the lowlands to the highlands, and are accompanied by the bucolic spendour of the glens flanked by great mountains, the loveliness of Loch Lomond and the wild remoteness of Rannoch Moor. Accompanies the route which is consistently waymarked. Descriptions of the eight-stage route There is great association between much of the Way and the historical past of Scotland. Much of the route pursues ancient drove roads or old military roads built in the 18th century. Published Oct 11. K. New Edition Aug 16.
Also West Highland Way Map Booklet, 1:25,000. Published Aug 16.

ISBN: 9781852845568 - The West Highland Way

West Highland Way: The Official Guide, Roger Smith - This tenth edition of the Official Guide has been revised and updated to include recent modifications to the route, is accompanied by a full-colour folding map and packaged in a practical plastic wallet. Published July 13.

ISBN: 9781841831329 - West Highland Way

West Highland Way XT40, Harvey Maps. Published July 14

East Highland Way XT40, Harvey Maps. Published Oct 13

West Highland Way (Footprint map/Guide).  Published May 99.

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West Highlands Way, Charlie Loram - Fully revised fifth edition of the first of Trailblazer's 10-title series of British Walking Guides. The West Highland Way is the most popular long-distance path in the country, passing through some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Britain. From the outskirts of Glasgow it winds for 95 miles along the wooded banks of Loch Lomond, across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor, over the mountains above Glencoe to a dramatic finish at the foot of Ben Nevis - Britain's highest mountain. 5 town plans and 48 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. Itineraries for all walkers - whether walking the route in its entirety over a week to 10 days or sampling the highlights on day walks and short breaks Practical information for all budgets - camping, bunkhouses, hostels, B&Bs, pubs and hotels; Glasgow through to Fort William - where to stay, where to eat, what to see, plus detailed street plans Comprehensive public transport information - for all access points on the West Highland Way Climb Ben Nevis - route descriptions to the top of Britain's highest mountain and other peaks Flora and fauna - four page full colour flower guide, plus an illustrated section on local wildlife Green hiking - understanding the local environment and minimizing our impact on it. Published March 16.

ISBN: 9781905864133 - West Highland Way: Glasgow to Fort William

The West Highland Way (National Trail Guides), Anthony Burton - The 93-mile West Highland Way is indisputably Britainís most spectacular long-distance path. The first section, following the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, offers an idyllic waterside walk, with the full grandeur of the Highlands gradually revealing itself. Then, after crossing the barren wilderness of the Rannoch Moor, the walker climbs the Devilís Staircase above Glencoe and traverses classic Highland landscapes to reach Fort William and, if he or she wishes, a grand finale at the peak of Britainís highest mountain, Ben Nevis. This comprehensive, easy-to-use guide is an authoritative companion, packed with indispensable information. Published June 16

 

 

The West Highland Way, a Rucksack Reader, Jacquetta Megarry - The West Highland Way is the first and most famous of Scotland's long-distance walks. It begins on the outskirts of Glasgow, its largest city, then goes through Scotland's first National Park, along the shores of its largest loch. After 95 miles (152 km) of superb scenery, the Way ends in Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. The second edition of this popular guidebook was fully revised in 2003, with many improvements, including more photographs, details of the new Scottish Outdoor Access Code and a Fort William town plan. It contains all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday: drop-down map showing the whole route in six panels; waterproof paper throughout; the Way in sections, with summaries of distance, terrain and where to find food and drink; concise background on the history and wildlife; information about side-trips and mountain climbs including Ben Lomond and Ben Nevis; planning information for travel by car, train, bus or plane; in full colour, with 60 photographs. Published Feb 11.

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The West Highland Way, Ronald Turnbull - This book traces the journey of glens and low passes, under the crags and high grassy sides of seven of Scotland's hill ranges: from the Arrochar Alps of Loch Lomond to the Black Mount of Argyll, the Mamores and Ben Nevis. Along the way we see wild goats, the red deer of Rannoch, the golden eagle, and the meadow pipit. We enjoy purple orchids, wild heather and golden birches and walk through fields of yellow asphodel. Geologically, the West Highland Way is an outing from the Old Red Sandstone of the so-called Lowland Valley, through the grey schists of the Southern Highlands, to the great volcanic cauldron of Glen Coe. As it unfolds underfoot, it's an ever-changing vista of heather and oakwood, of lochside and riverside - but also a journey through the whole life and history of Celtic Scotland. Published May 10.

West Highland Way, Pocket Mountains, Dan Bailey - The West Highland Way was Scotland's first official long distance route. Originally conceived in the 1960s, it was completed in October 1980. The Way links Milngavie to Fort William - a distance of 152km (95 miles) - from the outskirts of Scotland's largest city to the foot of its highest mountain, following the shores of its largest freshwater loch. It passes from the lowlands, across the Highland Boundary Fault and on into the Scottish Highlands. This fantastic new guide, by rising star of outdoors journalism Dan Bailey, is all you need for tackling this classic walk. Containing 15 possible hill and glen detours as well as stunning photography and clear mapping of the West Highland Way itself, this value-for-money guide looks set to become a classic.  Published March 13.

NOT The West Highland Way, Robert Turnbull - The West Highland Way from Glasgow to Fort William is one of the finest UK long distance paths, but it runs close to a busy main road and avoids the mountain tops. NOT The West Highland Way offers mountain alternatives to all but one of the WH Way stages, 5 one-day hill circuits, 2 two-day warm-up trips and 3 extended diversions off the Way, this book intends to do better. Published September 10.  K

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East Highland Way, Kevin Langan - a detailed and descriptive guide to the route developed by Kevin Langan in 2007. Beginning in Fort William and culminating in Aviemore, the trail forms a new link route between the northern end of the West Highland Way and the southern end of the Speyside Way. In addition, the route joins with the Great Glen Way at its southern point in Fort William, making this a new challenge for seasoned walkers and amateurs alike. Published Aug 12. Limited availability.

 

The Great Glen Way, Brian Smailes - The 73 mile Great Glen Way travels through some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland. Starting near the shore of Loch Linnhe in Fort William, the walk passes through Fort Augustus, Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit ending in Inverness. Published January 03. Limited availability.

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The Great Glen Way and Great Glen Cycle Route, Nick Bridgland. Footprint map and Guide.  Published February 03.

 

 

The Great Glen Way: Two-way Trail Guide, Paddy Dillon - The Great Glen is one of the most remarkable features in the Scottish landscape - a ruler-straight valley along an ancient fault line through the Highlands. The glen is threaded by the scenic Caledonian Canal, which links Loch Lochy and Loch Oich with the famous Loch Ness. The Great Glen Way offers walkers the chance to enjoy a low-level route from coast to coast, between Fort William and Inverness, at almost any time of the year. The Great Glen Way measures 117km (73 miles) and its course includes easy, level stretches alongside the Caledonian Canal, undulating forest tracks, lakeside paths, old drove roads and military roads, as well as contrasting stretches over heather moorlands or through city suburbs. The route is an ideal introduction to long-distance walking, with a range of facilities along the way. Walkers can enjoy the scenery and wildlife, delve into the history of the Highland clans, visit crumbling castles, or keep an eye open to spot the elusive Loch Ness Monster!  Published March 16.


ISBN: 9781852845032 - The Great Glen Way

Great Glen Way Walk or Cycle (Rucksack Readers), Jacquetta Megarry and Sandra Bardwell - This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy a holiday walking along Scotland's historic Great Glen (73 miles/117 km). The Way runs between Fort William and Inverness, along the Caledonian Canal and past various lochs, including Loch Ness with its famous monster legend, and Urquhart Castle. The drop-down map flap shows the whole route in five panels; waterproof paper throughout; in full colour, with over 60 photographs; visitor attractions and hills to climb (Munros, Corbetts and Grahams); town plans of Fort William and Inverness; background on local geology, history and wildlife; summary of each section showing distance, terrain and food/drink stops; planning information for travel by car, train, bus or plane. Published Aug 14. K

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Great Glen Way XT 40 (Walker's Route S.), Harvey Maps - The Great Glen Way follows the Caledonian Canal from Fort William to Inverness. Dramatic scenery, waterside and forest trails offer a range of views and experiences. This map is designed to be of use to walkers and cyclists.  Published April 11.

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John Muir Way: A Scottish Coast-to-coast Route, Jacquetta Megarry and Sandra Bardwell - The John Muir Way runs for 134 miles (215 km) coast-to-coast across Scotland's centre, from Helensburgh on the Clyde to Dunbar on the North Sea. The route is suitable for users of all kinds, and it readily breaks into ten sections for walkers or five for cyclists. Its appeal ranges from the domestic architecture of Helensburgh (passing Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House) through the scenic grandeur of Loch Lomond, along two famous canals and past the amazing Falkirk Wheel, beside the Roman Antonine Wall, passing Linlithgow Palace and the Forth Bridges to the glories of Edinburgh. It finishes on the wide coastal expanses of East Lothian, at Dunbar with its ruined castle and John Muirs birthplace cottage. This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday on foot or bike: * background on John Muir's life, the canal heritage and wildlife * summary of each section showing distance, terrain and food/drink stops * details of visitor attractions and side-trips * planning information for travel by car, train, bus or plane * drop-down map of the John Muir Way * in full colour, with over 90 photographs * rainproof paper throughout. Published April 14. K Click here for Map only

ISBN: 9781898481591 - John Muir Way

Scottish Coast to Coast Walk, Brian Smailes - 128 miles from Oban on the west coast to St Andrews on the east coast. All information is given to enable you to complete the route which takes you past Rob Roy's grave, Earthquake House and Lochearnhead to emerge in St. Andrews near the famous golf course and castle of this University town.  Published March 00.

Scotland End to End: Walking the Gore-tex[registered] Scottish National Trail, Cameron McNeish and Richard Else - By walking all the way through Scotland from Kirk Yetholm in the Borders to Cape Wrath in the far North-West, author and broadcaster Cameron McNeish witnesses at first hand the changes that have taken place in the landscapes of the country of his birth. From the rolling, history drenched hills of the Borders he experiences the de-industrialisation of the Union and Forth and Clyde Canals between Edinburgh and Glasgow and the massive popularity of long distance walking on routes like the West Highland Way. But through all the changes one thing remains constant, the natural beauty, the grandeur and the sensational wildlife that makes Scotland one of the finest wildlife tourism destinations in the world. "First of all I believed passionately that Scotland should have a long-distance trail that ran the length of the country," said Cameron, "and secondly, I wanted to walk through my own country of birth. To link the all various routes together has been the challenge of the Gore-Texģ Scottish National Trail, a route that I believe can stand comparison with the best walking routes anywhere in the world." The book is gloriously illustrated throughout by the photographs of landscape photographer Richard Else. It is a lavish book to keep and treasure. Published Oct 12

ISBN: 9780956295736 - Scotland End to End

The Ayrshire and Arran Coastal Paths (British Long Distance Trails), Keith Fergus - For many inhabitants of Glasgow, Ayrshire is the nearest and most natural stretch of coastline to visit. Keith Fergus, a Glasgow native, has enjoyed visiting the area for over 30 years. He has a love of walking and photography as well as a wealth of knowledge of Ayrshire; its rich history, diverse wildlife and scenic beauty. Published June 11. K

ISBN: 9781852846329 - The Ayrshire and Arran Coastal Paths

The Cateran Trail, Jacquetta Megarry - The Cateran Trail follows the footsteps of 16th century cattle rustlers (caterans) for 63 miles (101km). It starts from Blairgowrie, passing through the heart of Scotland with its rich pre-history, heritage and wildlife. This circular way marked walk can be comfortably completed in 4-5 undemanding days, with the nearest village never more than 7 miles away.  Published Sept 15.

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The Cateran Trail: Blairgowrie - Glenshee - Alyth (Footprint Map & Guide). Published May 10

Central and Southern Scotland, Graham Uney - Backpacking in the Scottish Highlands has to be one of the finest pleasures in the hillwalker's life. While day-walkers scurry off back to campsites or B&Bs, the backpacker can carry on into the wilderness, pitching up by a remote lochan or tumbling burn. This book, the fourth in the "Backpacker's Britain" series, takes you on a thorough exploration of the Southern Highlands. In this work, a total of 30 multi-day routes are covered, ranging from a superb traverse of all the 4000 feet peaks of Scotland, to classic through-routes in the Cairngorms. There are routes for those with just a weekend to spare, as well as longer walks for those with more time to hand. Some of the walks would also make fine one-day challenges for the very fit hillwalker or runner. This work covers all the main mountain regions south of the Great Glen, including the Monadh Liath, Cairngorms, Nevis range, Mamores, Glen Lyon Hills, Arrochar Alps and much more! Fact boxes provide all you need to know to take on the challenge of each route, including how to get there, accommodation at the start, campsites, bothies and hostels, and Tourist Information Centres - this book has it all!  Published November 08. K

The Secret Coast to Coast: Walking Scotland's Southern Upland Way, Andrew Paul Bowden - Join Andrew as he walks from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath with just an extremely large rucksack, a bright red tent and some dodgy packets of pasta to keep him company. Published Nov 11. K

 

 

The Southern Upland Way: Scotlands Coast to Coast Trail, Alan Castle - The Southern Upland Way is Scotland's Coast-to-Coast Walk and the longest of the National Trails north of the Border. It runs for 212 miles (341km) from picturesque Portpatrick on the west coast across the Galloway and Border Hills to finish on the east coast at Cockburnspath south of Dunbar. On the way, it passes through remote and romantic country and visits many of the locations associated with Scotland's often turbulent past. Dalry, Sanquhar, Wanlockhead (Britain's highest village), Moffat, Galashiels, Melrose and Lauder are all staging posts en route. The guidebook divides the walk into thirteen stages of varying length that will fill a two-week walking holiday in this relatively unknown area of Britain. The walk is at times a somewhat strenuous one, but advice is given on how all the longer stages may be broken down into shorter, more manageable sections. Possibilities for shorter walking holidays along the Way are also fully discussed. The guide is packed with information on the many places of interest passed en route and the historical connections are thoroughly discussed.  Published June 07. K

ISBN: 9781852844097 - The Southern Upland Way 

The Southern Upland Way Official Guide, Opened in 1984, the Southern Upland Way was Britain's first official coast-to-coast footpath. In its 212-mile route across southern Scotland it crosses a remarkable variety of scenery, from coastal cliffs at Portpatrick on the west coast, through the wild uplands around Lowther Hill, to the fertile glens by St. Mary's Loch and Traquair, and ending in the east at Cockburnspath. In its 21st year, the authorities who support and maintain the Way are working hard to develop new ways for walkers to enjoy the route, particularly in making it easier to tackle short sections rather than seeing it as a simple end-to-end trek. The complete route remains an exhilarating challenge for the serious walker, but now 64 short walks have also been created which take the Way as their starting point. These are a few kilometres each, suited to a variety of abilities, and are an ideal introduction to the interest and beauty of the southern countryside. Published June 05. Limited availability.

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North to the Cape, Dennis Brook & Phil Hinchcliffe - This is a glorious long-distance walk in the West Highlands from Fort William to Cape Wrath. Described as 'a quintessential backpacking walk', it is a challenging route for the experienced walker. The authors had six main criteria in mind: a variety of scenery, no long hauls over featureless terrain, use of designated paths, interesting geography, no high peaks to climb and a good day's walk every day with accommodation at the end. The route is split into 21 stages, many with an easier bad-weather alternative. Guide includes details of accommodation and advice on where to purchase provisions etc.  Published August 99. Limited availability.

 

Gurkha Reiver: Walking the Southern Upland Way, Neil Griffiths -  When Neil Griffiths, a 43 year old press officer, recruited four serving Gurkhas to trek the route as a fundraiser for the Gurkha Welfare Trust, he had no idea that the guidebooks had declared it not 'really charity walk terrain'. It was too long, and too tough. Neither was he aware that young Gurkhas from the high Himalayas would provide such merry company, although the premonition that their startling fitness would lead to total humiliation was hilariously vindicated as they left him gasping on every false horizon between Wigtownshire and Berwickshire. Three of the men came from the Everest area and the fourth from Annapurna. These are not the type of men to whom you say 'there's a big hill ahead' without meeting wry smiles. Their 140 per minute pace was so bone shaking that Neil couldn't feel his feet for a full month afterwards. This is an entertaining account of a group that get to know Scotland the hard way, on foot, but also highlights the ways of the wee men from Nepal. Despite his humorous tenor, Neil has the deepest respect for what he calls 'our oldest and best allies'. This book explains why. Published September 06. Limited availability.


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The Rob Roy Way,  From Drymen to Pitlochry, Jacquetta Megarry - This long-distance walk from Drymen to Pitlochry was developed by Rucksack Readers in partnership with walking enthusiasts. It runs for 79 miles (126 km) along some of Scotland's finest lochs and glens, using historic footpaths, a cycle route, forest tracks and some minor road. Many places are linked with Scotland's most famous outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734). The route has no official status, but was negotiated with private landowners, Forest Enterprise, Stirling and Perth Councils and others. The Way offers superb views, but is less strenuous than the West Highland Way. It is not fully waymarked as such, but the book gives detailed directions and most of it is straightforward. Walkers are always advised to carry a compass, but are unlikely to need it unless walking an exposed section in winter. This book contains all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday: background on Rob Roy MacGregor, history, heritage and wildlife; summary of each section showing distance, terrain and food/drink stops; drop-down map showing the whole route in five panels; visitor attractions and hills to climb (Munros, Corbetts and Grahams); special notes for people with no previous experience; planning information for travel by car, train, bus or plane; foreword by Sir David Steel, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament; in full colour, with over 60 photographs; waterproof paper throughout.   Published March 12.

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Rob Roy Way: XT40, Harvey Maps. Published Nov 12.

Rob Roy Way, Footprint Map - With a combination of waterproof map and guide, in durable slip-case, this title features new maps based on OS data and 2013 route survey. It is presented in compact size and large scale mapping at 1:40,000. Published June 13

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