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The Greater Ridgeway (Long distance trails) [Paperback]

Ray Quinlan
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1 Mar 2003 Long distance trails
Running for 583 km (363 miles), the full Ridgeway, archaeologists tell us, was walked when the stone circle at Avebury was just a glint in its builder's eye. Neolithic tradesmen, pilgrims and invading armies of five millennia have used this route, which is now fully accessible to walkers and ramblers. The Greater Ridgeeway route incorporates four established long-distance paths: The Wessex Ridgeway (Lyme Regis to Overton), The Ridgeway National Trail (Overton to Ivinghoe), The Icknield Way (Ivinghoe to Thetford) and The Peddars Way (Knettishall to Hunstanton). It is a walk of incredible variation: from the flat open plateau of the Salisbury Plain to the undulating Dorset hills; from airy ridges above Wantage to the big sky country around Thetford; from small, intimate villages of the shires to the pleasant northern fringes of Luton. This complete guide to walking the entire Ridgeway includes full route and accommodation details, and is thoroughly illustrated with 60 maps and many photographs.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press (1 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852843462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852843465
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12 x 16.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,009,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Ray Quinlan is a scientist by profession, and escapes onto his local stretch of the Ridgeway over the Berkshire Downs in order to refresh both mind and body. He finds the contrast between the noise and bustle of modern southern England and this ancient landscape an endless source of wonder and enjoyment. The pubs are good, too! The Ridgeway, therefore, was a natural choice for this, his sixth, walking guide. Ray's previous books have focused primarily on routes along the canals of England and Wales.

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2.0 out of 5 stars A walking guide which seems to miss the point! 21 April 2009
I bought this book having recently walked the ridgeway national trail and thought that undertaking other sections of the greater ridgeway might be fun. But i have to say that having dipped into this book quite extensively to research another long distance trek i am left very disappointed: it really does seem to miss some of the most important fundamental points that any long distance walker requires.

For myself i undertake walks with the idea that i will be as self-sufficient as i can, camping along the way and predominantly self-catering. In planning such a trek one of the first things i base my daily itineries upon is the availability of water points upon the trail without having to wander off several miles to the nearest town/village/pub to find one. This book makes no systematic attempt to highlight water points which i find utterly exasperating: how can any guide book proposing the undertaking of a long distance trail fail to recognise the importance of water availability. It really makes me wonder what the author, Ray Qunlan, is thinking of; how does he go about planning a walk? I can only imagine he is a walker who sticks to pub, b&b, hotel accomodation and does not consider the need of walkers who are more interested in doing things on a budget and who do not intend detouring into pubs or other facilities just to top up on water. Compare this book to the Trailblazer guides,including their Ridgeway guide, and you will see what i mean. The latter guides clearly cater for all types of walker and clearly mark out all available water taps upon these national trails.

This is not the only problem i have with this book. Again compared to the Trailblazer guides this book is very poor on listing available accomodation, particularly campsites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good guide book 16 Mar 2014
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i bought this guidebook intending to walk the route. unfortunetly i have not been able to yet. im pleased with the book itself and would recommend it to anyone planning to walk this route
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