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Lake District (Collins Rambler's Guide) [Paperback]

John Gillham , Ronald Turnbull
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Book Description

2 July 2001

Produced in association with the Rambler’s Association and Harvey’s Maps, this brand new series covers some of the most popular walking areas in Britain and Ireland, combining detailed route descriptions with information on the local history and wildlife.

Among the most spectacular landscapes in Britain, the Lake District offers a unique combination of crag and café, of ice-climb and ice-cream shop, or of the slippery gill and the hollyhocks of the cottage garden. It is this that makes the Lake District the perfect place for a walk on the wild – and yet civilised – side.

The introduction gives information about the topography, geology and history of the area, and describes the flora and fauna inhabiting it.
•The main section of the book comprises 30 walks, suitable for all abilities, from young children to experienced walkers. Each walk has a key illustrating principal features, such as level of difficulty and type of terrain, a route profile indicating altitude and distances, as well as a fact file summarising useful information, such as start and finish points, duration, safety advice and points of interest.
•Illustrated with colour maps from leading authority, Harveys, each walk is then described in detail with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. The text gives the history of the main landmarks along the way and information about the natural history of the area, and is accompanied by stunning colour photographs.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (2 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002201364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002201360
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 574,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Produced in co-operation with The Ramblers' association and HARVEY maps, this series covers some of the most popular walking areas in Britain and Ireland, combining detailed route descriptions with information on the local history and wildlife.

Among the most spectacular landscapes in Britain, the Lake District offers a unique combination of crag and café, of ice-climb and ice-cream shop, or of the slippery gill and the hollyhocks of the cottage garden. It is this that makes the Lake District the perfect place for a walk on the wild – and yet civilised side.

Collins Rambler's Guides

• The only series endorsed by The Ramblers' Association
• Thirty walks are described and illustrated with stunning colour photographs
• Each route is graded to show whether it is suitable for beginners or more experienced walkers; the book includes many challenging walks
• Includes information on the natural history and wildlife of each area, and other points of interest


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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Over the past year I have used the Collins Ramblers guides for the Lake District, North Wales, Peak District, Ben Nevis and Glen Coe and others to choose day trip to the mountains and hills of Britain. They are fabulous books, well presented with full details and maps and as an added and very special bonus they contain the history and myths of the areas which always add an extra touch to each walk!
Definitely recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have Lakes Companion 28 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
I found this book to be a great guide to Fell walking. It has taken me up Blencathra, Helvellyn and Skafel Pike. Here you have all of the information which you need to guide you over the terrain and some side notes to add interest to the journey. Maps are included for each walk, so you probably won't need to take one separately (but you will need a compass!). The routes are well chosen (they tie up well with Wainwright's favourites). It is useful to have the estimated durations in there, some of these are all-day walks. The book is quite hardy - my copy got completely soaked during an extended downpour and has dried out with no loss of useful information or pages stuck together (although they are a bit crinkly). This book will never replace Wainwright's Pictoral Guides with their evocative and exquisite drawings, helpful descriptions and humorous observations - but it is good companion volume.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adequate but not inspired 19 Nov 2006
By J.R.Hartley VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've had my Collins Rambler guide to the Lake District for a couple of years now and I've done quite a few of the walks in it and found it to be a commendable guide to the lakes, especially for someone who doesn't know the area very well. The walks are clearly defined, maps are adequate (but a proper map and compass are still sdvissble), information is clear and points out areas of interest and there is a rudimentary grading system to indicate the level of proficiency/fitness required to tackle each walk. Also important is the rainproof cover so your book shouldn't get too soggy on rainy days in the hills. My only criticism is that some of the routes shown seem rather odd as they do not follow what I would regard as the most rewarding routes. The Kentmere Horseshoe walk is a good example as this guide begins and ends the walk in Mardale thus starting the walk with a fairly fierce trudge uphill over very broken ground only to lose most of the acquired height soon after before going sharply up again, then ending the walk with a rotten trudge back down to Mardale. Other routes seem unnecessarily drawn out and do not indicate ways of cutting walks short in the event of bad weather or injury (hence the need for another map). As such I feel I can only give this otherwise fine guide 4 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful 3 Oct 2010
By Bill Crawford VINE VOICE
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Good book for a range of walks in the Lake District. If you are familiar with these "Ramblers' Guides", you will know the format - about 20 walks all graded by length and difficulty, and described in an informal and informative way. Of great use to the casual walker right up to more experienced walkers looking for a challenge. Even if you never visit the Lakes, it makes a pleasant read, and brings the area to life. In terms of value for money, where else could you get 20 odd days of experiences like this for under a tenner? - it beats the cinema!
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