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AA 1001 Walks in Britain: The Ultimate Collection of Britain's Best Walks (AA Illustrated Reference) Ring-bound – 1 Oct 2004

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Product details

  • Ring-bound: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Automobile Association; New edition edition (1 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749542624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749542627
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 4.7 x 33.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My partner and I refer to this magnificent tome as 'the bible' and continuing this theme it is probably both old and new testament rolled into one as it is a huge book! Book isn't necessarily what it is though. It is more of a collection of 8 walks per sheet in a ringbinder that can be folded and placed in the handy waterproof case that comes with the collection. There are walks in every conceivable part of Britain from urban strolls to more strenuous Lake District/North Yorks Moors treks. If you want plenty of choice then this is the book for you. However, because of the sheer volume of walks included the directions that come with each walk are minimal. If you are looking for historical/cultural/geographical etc background to these walks then you will need to buy an accompanying book to the area or swot up on the net before you travel. That and some patchy/out-of-date maps with dodgy directions make this book lose a mark but for well-organised ultra-choice this book is super value and highly recommended.
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This is a great resource for planning a day out, locally or if you are in an unfamiliar part of the country. It can direct you to some wonderful parts of the UK and has some hidden gems. The distance and timings seem fairly accurate as is the level of severity. The down side is that the directions and maps are not particularly accurate. You can easily get lost if you do not pre-plan the routes with the help of a good Ordnance Survey Map, and a compass may not be a bad thing too. To be fair they do recommend using another map to supplement the sketches. Obviously, any guide book like this is going to be out of date as soon as it is printed, as many features may no longer exist, as is the case with this book. Overall though, it is well presented, and can give some ideas off the beaten track, just dont rely on accuracy of description.
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We got this book for Christmas and have completed 3 walks (998 to go) however on all 3 walks there have been basic errors in the directions. The sketched maps I can understand not being very accurate but errors in the instructions are unforgiveable, such as TL (turn Left) when they mean right or 'walk with the ditch on your right' when its only possible to walk with it on your left, leave a lot to be desired. We got lost twice and added extra distance to the walk with a lot of back and forth walking. Its a shame really as we had planned lots of walks in undiscovered parts of the country but with our trust damaged on just local walks we may have to look at an alternative.
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The maps in this book unfortunately leave a lot to be desired. We've managed to get lost several times by trusting too much in the maps from this book- and we're normally very good navigators, honest! The fact that each walk listed has a Suggested Ordnance Survey map suggests that even the authors know that the maps provided are below par.

It's a shame really as in principle this book is a great way to find out about places and walks of interest that you might otherwise not have heard about, not just way across the country but also closer to home.

A good starting point to find out about walks, but once you've picked a walk, a quick look at a map with more detail might save you from adding a few extra unexpected muddy miles to your route...
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Maybe this is not for the very serious walker, but for those of us not up to the longer walks, this provides a very good resource in terms of variety and coverage and the fact it caters for shorter walks. It would not be possible to provide the required level of detail for all 1001 walks in one book, so I think a local map would always be advisable. We are pleased with it.
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Whilst I love the format of this walking guide and have now done ten of the walks with my partner, I would advise extreme caution with the maps and directions. At times they are plain wrong and can add some frustrating miles. Of the ten walks we have done, two have been inaccurate and got us lost. The others have been a real pleasure and taken us places you would never just stumble upon. If the walk looks at all fiddly you need to take an additional ordinance survey.
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With my wife I have now completed 422 of these walks. We plan holidays around them; I got engaged on one; I have broken my ankle on one (but completed it all the same otherwise it wouldn't have been a tick!!); and now take my young son on them. A truly fantastic collection.
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A reslly useful starting point for planning walks on those weekends away, especially as the loose leaf format enables you to extract the specific areas you are visiting
Although the actual routes may well become outdated/built upon, nevertheless as a source of ideas this is invaluable source for getting to know what is in the area-coupling it with an up to date OS map is ideal and much quicker than trying to squint over the OS without any prior inspiration.
I have bought two copies of this for 1 penny each (yes 1p) from amazon used-why wouldnt you?
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