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Lake District: Walks (Pathfinder Guide) Paperback – 13 Jul 2009

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Guides; 17 edition (13 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711704635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711704633
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 22.9 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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A solid collection of circular walks around the broad area of the Lake District, ranging from hour-long strolls to strenuous hikes.
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.
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When I first decided to go to the Lake District and do some walking, this was the book I bought, and I haven't regreted it, and have since bought the second in the series. The walks themselves are well thought out and described, often with information on the area you are passing over. One or two walks have seen or are about to see changes due to path erosion, so it may be time for an updated version.
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.
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This, like all other Pathfinder Guides I have bought, is a gem. The walks are grades from easy to strenuous and each comes with a very clearly reproduced colour OS map for each walk where the walk is highlighted. Each walk also contains details on where to park for each walk, which is useful, especially in the Lakes, where parking is at a premium.

A very user-friendly walking guide at a bargain price. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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I really like this guide - A good range of clearly graded walks. The directions for the walks I've completed so far are clear and backed up with the inclusion of sections from Ordnance Survey maps. It's very hard to go wrong.

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!!)
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Another quality publication in the extensive Pathfinder range. Brian Conduit has produced a variety of walks to suit most tastes (the long distance peak baggers might sneer, but hey ho), with clear and detailed directions backed up by OS map extracts. I've done many of the walks in this guide and its More Lake District Walks companion, and you're hard pressed to take a wrong turn. Unlike some other guide authors (I'll spare them a name check), he doesn't indulge in flabby and irrelevant purple prose of the 'don't forgo the opportunity to enjoy the sun dappled serenity of the tarn as swallows swoop majestically from the ancient oaks guarding its sacred shore blah blah blah' variety - he focuses on the route and some features of interest, and that's how it should be. I own many walking books, and this one is one of the very best, at a real value for money price. You won't be disappointed...
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This is probably the best book to have for hiking in the lake district as it includes Easy walks, mediocre walks and tough walks. Each walk includes a map which shows the terrain and is very helpful.

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.
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A very comprehensive and detailed book of 28 walks in the Lake District, including ordnance survey maps and quality photographs. The walks are both interesting and varied. A great book for all walkers or people just visiting the Lakes who want to know detailed information of the area they are exploring. Amongst the information contained there is where to park, good pubs and places of interest.
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