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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 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 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 January 15.
Central Wales Walks, Awen Sian Parry. Published March 15.
Walks from the Great Little Trains of Wales, David and Catherine Wightman. Published April 13.
The Wales Coast Path, Chris Goddard and Katharine Evans - The only guide to its full 896 mile route, The Wales Coast Path - A Practical Guide for
Walkers is an essential companion for both the serious long-distance walker and for day-trippers who wish to tackle the Path one stage at a time. The Wales Coast Path - A Practical Guide for Walkers: Presents the complete Wales Coast Path via 73 manageable walks of approximately 9-15 miles each Provides easy-to-follow route descriptions and contains over 80 hand-drawn maps Is full of additional information on sites of historical, geological and
wildlife interest Suggests alternative routes that enable short visits to additional key locations just off the official Coast Path Enables walkers to maximize local amenities and services such as public transport, car parking and accommodation options such as camp sites and B&Bs. Published March 14.
Great Welsh Walks, Derek Brockway. Published April 14.
Best Walks in North Wales, Carl Rogers -
28 carefully selected
circular walks in Northern Snowdonia, the Isle of Anglesey, the Lleyn
Peninsula and north-east Wales, including the Clwydian Range and the Vale of
Llangollen. The walks are easy to moderate routes of 5-8 miles in length.
Published Sept 08
The Mountain Walker's Guide to Wales, Colin Adams. Published September 13.
Railway Walks: Wales, Jeff Vinter - Wales is a wonderful history and
guide of the important branch lines in Wales and the scenic walks that can
be taken to further explore how the railway has interacted with the Welsh
landscape throughout history. Richly illustrated, this book is replete with
photographs of the surrounding landscape and detailed guides on the history
of each branch line from the Rhondda Railway to Snowdonia. Jeff Vinter takes
us on a fascinating journey through the remote landscapes of Wales, past old
tracks and ancient viaducts to discover some of Wales's hidden treasures.
Published March 09
Wales Coast Path: Tenby - Swansea, 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 – the section eastwards from Tenby to Swansea. Starting in the superbly picturesque tourism centre of Tenby itself, Chris Moss’s 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 – an extremely popular holiday destination – 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.
A Walking Guide to the County Tops of Wales, Northern England and the Isle of Man, Howard Mann - There are many hill walking challenges in England and Wales, they include visiting the top of every one of the
Lake District peaks or the summits of all the mountains over 2000 feet, but the one that is accessible to all, is to stand on the high point of a county or several counties. It is the option that is closest to home. Be it one of the historic counties or one of those which was created by the major local government reforms of 1974 and 1996, The County Tops of Wales, the North of England and the Isle of Man, offers the casual walker a route to the
summit of their chosen county and the committed hill walker challenges in some of the finest mountain terrain in the United Kingdom. Published October 13.
Wales: A Walk Through Time, Brian E Davies - Using a historical perspective to enrich the journey, Wales: A Walk Through Time describes a unique walk through a remarkable country. Illustrated with a fascinating collection of old photographs and contemporary images, the route has been specially chosen
to explore the beauty and history of Wales. In this third and final part, the walk reaches Anglesey and we are treated to the glorious landscapes and proud heritage of North Wales and the Snowdonia National Park. The walk begins at the great castle of Harlech and follows an upland route to the Vale of Ffestiniog. The walk continues to the magical village of Portmeirion and the coastal town of Porthmadog before passing through the spectacular Pass of
Aberglaslyn to reach Beddgelert. We ascend Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, before continuing to historic Caernarfon, then follow the Menai Strait to Bangor with its lovely pier and cathedral. Walking over Telford's great suspension bridge we finally reach the Isle of Anglesey where the Coastal Path is followed to Beaumaris and through beautiful coastal scenery to reach Cemaes Bay and the northernmost point in Wales. Along the way, we visit
prehistoric sites, medieval castles and ancient churches and explore the history of slate quarrying and copper mining. Great events of Welsh history are recalled and the reader is given a real sense of how the past is present at every step. Each chapter covers an attractive section of the walk, full-colour maps show the way, and some welcoming hostelries are discovered en route. But this is not only a guide for walkers: the rich history and images
within will have the broadest appeal. Published May 14.
Walks in Ancient Wales, Robert Harris - Ancient Wales for the purposes
of this book is divided into Anglesey, North Wales, and South Wales.
Robert Harris describes a selection of walks through the most spectacular
Welsh scenery, from the country lanes and footpaths of the valleys, to the
wild and remote mountains. Many of the walks link ancient paths and tracks
where you can learn and understand more about the distant lives and
customs of our ancient ancestors. Each walk has a unique focus, is both
interesting and challenging, and invites the walker to visit both famous
and less well-known sites and monuments. Published Sept 03
Wat's Dyke Way, Pete
Lewis - The
61m/99km-long Wat’s 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 Wat’s 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
Offa's Dyke Path National Trail Guide, Tony Gowers - Offa's Dyke Path (Gogledd Llwybr Clawdd Offa) is the 177-mile National Trail following the ancient earthwork that criss-crosses the border country of modern England and Wales, from the
Severn Estuary to the seaside resort of Prestatyn on the Irish Sea. This is the complete, official guide for the long-distance walker or the weekend stroller. All you need is this one book. It contains the route split into convenient sections, Ordnance Survey mapping for the entire route, comprehensive, up-to-date information on public transport, accommodation and places of interest, background information on everything from archaeology to wildlife and
is lavishly illustrated with colour photography throughout. Published June 14.
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Weekend Walks in a Box, England, Scotland, Wales, Adrian Woodford - With 35 laminated cards to a box, this is a great twist to a walking guide. Each card has a different walk fully described and illustrated. Pocket a card and the protective transparent sleeve provided and enjoy
your day out. The varied range of walks opens up the best of Britain's weekend walking over 1 or 2 days and for all seasons. Charming places to stay are hand-picked for the 2-day routes including small hotels, pubs, B&B's and short-let cottages. Published May 12.
Walking with Welsh Legends: South Western Wales - Graham Watkins first tells us a story - `love stories, tales of heroic deeds, foolishness and greed, a few fables, touches of humour. The cast includes fair maidens, evil barons, mermaids, smugglers, kings, and
ordinary folk quietly going about their business'. Then he guides us on a walk round the places mentioned in the story. The walks differ in length and difficulty, and the instructions are clear and helpful. The book is illustrated with maps and photographs. Published February 11.
Walking with Welsh Legends: North Wales, Graham Watkins. Published February 12.
Walking with Welsh Legends: Central Wales, Graham Watkings - This enjoyable book - the third in the series - takes us out walking to find places featured in sixteen stories from Welsh history and myth. We visit, amongst other places, Pistyll Rhaeadr, Cilmeri, Dolforwyn Castle, Devil's
Bridge, Lampeter, Cwm Pennant, and Pumsaint. Published May 13.
Walking with Welsh Legends: South Eastern Wales, Graham Watkins - This enjoyable book - the fourth in the series - takes us out walking in the south-east of Wales to find places featured in sixteen stories from Welsh history and myth. Published January 14.
Walking with Welsh Legends: North Eastern Wales, Graham Watkins - This enjoyable book - the fifth in the series - takes us out walking in the north-east of Wales to find places featured in sixteen stories from Welsh history and myth. Graham Watkins first tells us a story,
then he guides us on a walk around the places mentioned in the story. The walks differ in length and difficulty, and the instructions are clear and helpful. The book is illustrated with maps and photographs. This time Graham tells of a well, a pool and a lighthouse; devil dogs, angels and fairies; a princess, a bishop, and a mad king. He takes us walking around Holywell, Rhuddlan and St Asaph, to the Goblin Tower, St Cwyfan's Cross, and to an inn
with very strange people in it! The author says: As I completed each walk, I found that I had a different perspective on, and a better insight into, the related legend. The walk and the legend reinforced each other and added to the enjoyment. Published January 14.
The Mountains of England and Wales, Vol 1, John and Anne Nuttall -
This is a guidebook to walking 190 Nuttall 2000ft mountains in Wales in 49
routes. Summits split into: Carneddau, Glyders, Snowdon, Moel Hebog,
Moelwyns, Arenigs, Berwyns, Arans, Rhinogs, Cadair Idris, central Wales,
Black Mountains, and Brecon Beacons. This new edition with definitive
lists, detailed route descriptions, maps and drawings of Wales' highest
peaks includes three newly-confirmed summits and full updates of all
routes, including current details of maps required, parking and services
available at the start of routes. Published May 09.
The Mountains of England and Wales Vol 2, John and Anne Nuttall - This book
describes how to ascend the 251 'Nuttall' summits in England, in a series
of 58 walks. These form part of the total of 439 mountain summits in
England and Wales which reach the height of 2000 feet or more. It covers
the routes and summits in the Lake District, Cheviots, North Pennines,
Yorkshire Dales, Peak District and Dartmoor. Published November 08.
Wales Country Guide, Peter Dragicevich - Whether you re looking for secluded beaches or mountain walks, ancient monuments or medieval castles, a romantic hotel or a top gastropub, this book gives you everything you need for an unforgettable trip. Published January 11.
Best Walks in North Wales,
Richard Sale - The Best Walks series aims to select the very best
walking opportunities to be found in a region or national park. There is
something for everyone in these walking guides. Each book suggests twenty to
forty good quality walks - where possible, circular to avoid difficulties
with transport. The walks are clearly graded and include easy, moderate,
challenging and strenuous/difficult routes more suitable for the experienced
hiker. A clear route description and exceptionally detailed map is included
for each walk and there are practical suggestions on transport to and within
the region plus a section with useful addresses and telephone numbers. Best
Walks in North Wales includes thirty-six walks, mostly in Snowdonia National
Park - one of Britain's most popular walking areas. Published June 06
Best Walks in Southern Wales - A companion volume to the widely
acclaimed "Best Walks in North Wales" which provides 36 magnificent routes
arranged according to area together with a graded table of difficulty. The
area encompasses the whole of the country that lies south of the Snowdonia
National Park. Published June 06
Hillwalking in Wales
Vol 1: Arans-Dovey Hills - Peter Hermon -
The first book in a
two-volume series describing walking routes up every 2000-footer in Wales -
all 166 of them. The result is a handbook of over 450 routes covering 21
Welsh mountain ranges - the whale-backed ridges of the Black Mountains, the
Brecon Beacons’ precipitous escarpments, the Cwmdeuddwr uplands, Plynlimon’s
unknown valleys, the heather clad Berwyns, Cader Idris, the vast solitudes
of the Arans and Arenigs, the Rhinogs and the wildest land in Wales. For
those longer days the author also suggests over 100 high level traverses.
The routes are arranged alphabetically over the two volumes: Vol 1: Arans,
Arenigs, Berwyns, Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, Cader Idris, Carneddau,
Cwmdeuddwr Hills, Dovey Hills. Published Oct 06. K
Vol 2: Ffestiniog-Tarrens
- The routes are
arranged alphabetically over the two volumes: Vol 2: Ffestiniog Hills,
Fforest Fawr, Glyders, Hirnants, Mynydd Du, Nantlle/Hebog Hills, Plynlimon,
Radnor Forest, Rhinogs, Siabod/Moelwyns, Snowdon, Tarrens. Published Oct 06
Pathfinder Guide: Mid Wales and the Marches Walks, Laurence Main -
Varied walks from easy strolls to exhilarating hikes - colour coded according to difficulty. Distance, timing, refreshment stops and advice included. Clear OS mapping at 1:25,000 scale. Published April 02
Best Tea Shop Walks in the Clwydian Hills and Welsh Borderlands, Dorothy
Hamilton - This guide offers 25 mostly circular routes of three to ten
miles, ranging from walks in the Clwydian range to sections of the Offa's
Dyke National Trail. It offers teashops in various locations from National
Trust properties to a former workhouse along with notes on local history and
wildlife. Published July 00
National Trust Walks: Southern and Central Wales: Southern and Central Wales
Pt. 2, Dorothy Hamilton. Published June 07
Best Walks in the Welsh Borders, Simon Whaley -
From beyond Llangollen in the north to Symonds
Yat near Chepstow in the South, the Welsh/English border provides a wealth
of great walking country. It has had a turbulent history, but now offers
some of the quietest and most remote walking in Southern Britain, and the
history in the form of Offa's Dyke, and of numerous castles, abbeys, quiet
villages and small towns and relics of industrial and military activity is
always present and alive. Through the evocation of the poetry Housman and
the music of Elgar (both of whom frequented the area) it is brought into
more recent times. This book selects 35 of the best walks, including ascents
of "Wenlock Edge" and "The Sugar Loaf", and provides examples for walkers of
all ages and abilities. Published June 07
Rivers of Wales: 35 Riverside Walks, Rosemary Hutton - Rivers of Wales charts a voyage of
discovery along six of Wales' most important rivers - the Conwy, Dee, Dyfi,
Teifi, Tywi and Usk. This book, a perfect companion for the visitor, has 150
photographs and maps and describes half a dozen walks along each of the
rivers giving details of the history, topography and wildlife of each area.
The walks are suitable for families as well as for the lone walker - and the
format will fit any pocket. Published Sept 97
Walking to the Lakes of Mid and North West Wales, Des Marshall - Features 22 self guided walks that are suitable for various abilities. Published March 10.
AA 100 Walks in Wales and the Marches - Enjoy the
best of the Welsh countryside with this compact, and easy-to-carry walking
guide offering highlights of Wales, its regional and topographical features,
plus information on footpath signing, countryside access, walking tips and
safety guidelines. The 100 walks cover the area in detail, with the distance
of each ranging from two to ten miles depending on the terrain and interest
along the way. Town and city strolls may be shorter depending on the
hinterland. Limited availability. Published January 10.
Brecon Beacons and South Wales - AA 30 Walks (Cards) - This original
concept takes the most popular walks from the AA's best-selling and newly
updated walks database and packages them on individual laminated cards in
a durable box. The small and handy size means that the box can be stowed
away in a pocket or handbag and single cards extracted at each walk start
point. Clear and concise instructions plus a full-colour route map make
the cards a joy to use. Limited availability. Published March 10.
The Welsh Peaks: A Poucher Guide - W. A. Poucher's guides, first
published in the 1960s, have become classics. They are some of the most
popular books for fellwalkers, climbers and scramblers ever published. They
are packed with guidance on clothing, equipment, accommodation, route
finding, distances and times, all in an attractive pocket-sized format to
slip into your rucksack. Aspiring landscape photographers will find a
chapter of essential tips in each book to help them too. Since the author's
death in 1988, the guides have been updated in consultation with John
Poucher, the author's son. Frances Lincoln took over publication of W. A.
Poucher's guides from Constable in 2004. Limited availability. Published July 04
Northern Wales: National Trust Walks: No. 1,
Dafydd Meirion -
Takes you to 20 national trust properties spread
through Northern Wales. This book also offers you walks - no longer than
4-1/2 hours. Limited availability. Published March 07.
The Cambrian Way: The Mountain
Connoissers Guide, A S Drake. An excellent title whose author
truly loves the subject he has written about, not just someone who is trying
to sell a book. This is ideal for the person who is looking to either
walk the whole route or just pick and chose stages. It is a practical
and easy guide by a person who obviously cares deeply about the subject
matter. Limited availability. Published March 08.
AA 30 Walks Snowdonia and North Wales (Cards) - This original concept takes the most popular walks from the AA's best-selling and newly updated walks database and packages them on individual laminated cards in a durable box. The small and handy size means that the box can be stowed away in a pocket or handbag and single cards extracted at each walk start point. Clear and concise instructions plus a full-colour route map make the cards a joy to use.
Published May 10.
The National Trust Rambler's Guide - The National Trust cares for some of
Britain's most beautiful locations to take a walk - from green space on your
doorstep to really wild and remote landscapes. The National Trust Rambler's
Notebook is designed to making the most of these walks. Whether you are out
for a gentle stroll, hiking across moorland or scrambling along cliff paths,
making notes of your experience - who you were with, the flora and fauna you
came across - will transform your day out into a long-lasting memory. As well
as unstructured record pages, The National Trust Rambler's Notebook includes a
directory of 50 walks of varying difficulty and length, a variety of indexes
with walks organised into categories such as coastal, wildlife, seasonal and
suitable for disabled access. Also includes the Countryside Code plus tips on
dogs in the countryside and how to protect yourself. Illustrated throughout
with evocative photographs of National trust landscapes - each captioned and
identified. Limited availability. Published July 09
Undiscovered Wales: 15 Circular Walks, Kevin Walker - Even while
rambling in the most rugged and remote parts of Wales, one is liable to
stumble upon some mysterious link with the past - a ruined building, a
track that leads nowhere, an obviously man-made hole in the ground. All
these pose questions that insist on an answer. Mountain expert Kevin
Walker has spent hundreds of days tramping the Welsh mountains and moorlands and has uncovered the stories behind some of these special
places, which are rich not only in landscape and scenery, but also in
heritage and people, myth and legend, past lives and long-forgotten tales.
In Undiscovered Wales he presents fifteen one-day circular walks, of
varying degrees of difficulty, that pass through locations rich in
history. Some walks pass through areas connected with legend, such as the
cave where Merlin overdid his spell and unfortunately killed the person he
was trying to save. Others captivate with more modern tales, such as the
origins of Macnamara's road, or the desperately sade story of little Tommy
Jones, aged five. In addition to be background information, each of the
walks is described in full with photographs, details of the terrain and
sketch maps. Limited availability. Published March 10.
Wales, Graham Uney - The mountains of Wales are a great
place to "get away from it all" for a few days, and this book describes the
best backpacking routes throughout the principality. A total of 25 two- or
three-day walks take you into the most scenic, beautiful and wild parts of
Wales, each one with a night or more out among the mountains at wild camp
sites, bothies or hostels. The routes cover all the main mountain ranges, from
Snowdon, the Glyderau and Carneddau in the north, down to the Black Mountains,
Brecon Beacons and Fforest Fawr ranges in the south. The guide also includes
the superb ridges of the Arans, Arenigs, Berwyns and Cadair Idris and the
bleak moorland vastness of the Cwmdeuddwr hills and Plynlimon. Details of
equipment, mountain safety and navigation as well as a bibliography make this
a complete guide to backpacking in Wales. Limited availability. Published June 04
AA Walking in Wales - Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure
activities, and this comprehensive walking book for Wales guides you
through the best places to walk in this exciting and vibrant country.
Discover historic towns, beautiful hillsides and spectacular peaks,
explore richly diverse habitats and discover beauty spots best known to
the locals. Use the carefully planned routes and maps to really get to
know the areas and enjoy the superb photography, long after the mud has
dried on your boots. Limited availability. Published August 09.
Best Teashop Walks in Mid Wales, Dorothy Hamilton
- Contains 25 walks ranging from 2 to 9 miles in
length. Includes the Montgomery Canal, Powis Castle, Dolgellau, Machynlleth,
Llanidloes, Tregaron, Lampeter, Rhayader, the Elan Valley, Aberystwyth, and
Aberdyfi. Limited availability.
Published Sept 03
A Wander Around the Coast of Wales, Steve Plant
- Rugged coastline, outstanding beaches, numerous historic buildings and a good dollop of folklore are just some of the fabulous attractions of the Wales Coast Path. Add to this the warmth and friendliness of the Welsh people and a wander around Wales becomes a truly memorable experience. The 870 miles of continuous coast path offer a unique view of Wales and all that it has to offer. Every geographic section of the path has its own highlights
and every day presents you with a new experience to savour and enjoy. So, charge your camera, walking boots at the ready and prepare to be amazed as you wander around the Wales Coast Path, whatever the weather. Limited availability. Published May 14.
The Ridges of England, Wales and Ireland: Scrambles,
Rock Climbs and Winter Routes, Dan Bailey - Who could
resist a good ridge? Stony tightropes stringing the peaks, gap-toothed
like jawbones; chiselled crests spearing out of sea surge or corrie shadow
- such things are the stuff of climbing dreams. This book complements the
Cicerone guide "Scotland's Mountain Ridges", describing and celebrating
the best routes of their type across the rest of Britain and Ireland, and
bringing them all together in one place for the first time. From balmy
(and occasionally barmy) seaside trips and roadside quick fixes to
strenuous snowy days in the high hills, the selection described here
reflects the diversity of mountaineering and traditional climbing in our
islands, and the dazzling patchwork quilt of contrasting landscapes in
which these adventures can be enjoyed. Within the broad scope of the
ridges theme there's something special for everyone, scrambling beginners
and hardened climbers alike. Limited availability. Published June 09
Offa's Dyke Path: Prestatyn to Chepstow, Keith Carter - The Offa s Dyke Path is a superb national trail that runs from the North Wales coast to the Severn Estuary following the line of Offa s Dyke, an impressive 8th century earthwork along the English/Welsh border. The ever-changing
landscape the Clwydian Range, the Shropshire Hills, the Black Mountains and the Wye Valley is steeped in history and legend providing 177 miles of fascinating walking. The guide includes: 87 large-scale walking maps; itineraries for all walkers; practical information for all budgets - guides to 52 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; green hiking; and GPS waypoints. Limited availability. Published May 11.
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