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Lake District: Walks (Pathfinder Guide) Paperback – 13 Jul 2009
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'Taking you to all the popular bits plus to the less visited corners. It's clear, concise, sourced from OS mapping, and is also GPS waypointed for those who like their handy little gizmos alongside map and compass.' --Cumbria Magazine --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Experienced author Terry Marsh has written 11 bestselling Pathfinder® titles and is currently Secretary of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The key advantage of this book over similar titles is that the (already clear) route descriptions are backed up by colour extracts from Ordnance Survey Landranger maps - a definite improvement over the crude line drawings often found in guides.
The routes are graded into three ability groups, but this classification is rough and there's no indication of other factors such as height climbed; so when choosing a route, a good read of the description and an intelligent look at the map are wise. Instructions on how to get to, and park at, the start point are sometimes sketchy too.
Despite these niggles, this is an excellent guide offering unusually good value. Consider also the companion title "More Lake District Walks", which contains a complementary collection of routes.
There are occasionally good suggestions for alternative ways of starting the walks (eg getting the boat from Keswick for the Cat Bells walk) which can be useful, but especially on some of the climbs it doesn't quite make it clear how far up you're going and how quickly; the aforementioned Cat Bells walk has a very stiff (if not that long) climb with some scrambling up rocks at the end that isn't mentioned for example.
Nevertheless, an interesting and generally reliable book with a good selection of walks, info about things you may see on the walk, and backed up with a section of OS Map that means you'd have to go very wrong to get completely lost.
A very user-friendly walking guide at a bargain price. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
I'm neither an expert walker/hiker nor particularly knowledgeable about the Lake District; so I find the guide great for giving me ideas for places to go and see. Have enjoyed every walk I've chosen. (Just got back from a trip where I did the Coniston Old Man/Water route. It was excellent; varied terrain and a good length to make sure I burnt off the calories from the pub meal of the previous night!!)
However, there are 2 points worth mentioning:
- Some of the walks seemed to need updating (or a simple mentioning of alternative routes) as some of the path's suggested were not to be found when I was doing the hikes. With that said, it was possible to complete the hike as there were alternative routes (which is why I think the book should also mention these)
- I found it odd that the book didn't include as a tough walk, the climb up to Scafell Pike - the highest mountain in England. With that said, the climb to Great gable was extremely enjoyable and you get a fantastic view on the area (and on Scafell pike) and the book is about "the best" 28 Lake district walks, so maybe the authors decided that Scafell pike is not one the best (though the highest) - I would still include it in the book though as from my experience - hikers will want to hike the highest mountain if possible.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really excellent book, with easy to follow walks. I really like the ordering of difficulty, not just by distance but the general topography as well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beth
Have brought quite a few walking books of the Lake District now and still my favourite. Lovely pictures in the book, very descriptive details of walks including where to park,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by James Wilson
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