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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Trailblazer Publications; 3rd edition edition (2 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905864353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905864355
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A useful guide.' --The Independent, October 2011

'All the info you need.' --Wanderlust magazine, November 2011

'Fully updated and includes downloadable GPS waypoints.' --Strider, December 2011

Keith Carter's Offa's Dyke Path is good, with amusing hand-drawn maps ... --telegraph.co.uk, April 2013

'Fully updated and includes downloadable GPS waypoints.' --Strider, December 2011

Keith Carter's Offa's Dyke Path is good, with amusing hand-drawn maps ... --telegraph.co.uk, April 2013

'Fully updated and includes downloadable GPS waypoints.' --Strider, December 2011

Keith Carter's Offa's Dyke Path is good, with amusing hand-drawn maps ... --telegraph.co.uk, April 2013

'Fully updated and includes downloadable GPS waypoints.' --Strider, December 2011

About the Author

Keith Carter's interest in the great outdoors was kindled on a school trip to Snowdonia which hooked him for life. Work became what he did between walks and he has since explored almost every corner of the British Isles with occasional forays into France, Austria and the USA.
Writing articles for magazines led him into guidebook writing and he now spends most of his time re-discovering Scotland, cultivating organic vegetables and growing willow. He is author of Trailblazer's Offa's Dyke Path and co-author of Pennine Way.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stuart W. Greig on 16 Sep 2011
Format: Paperback
Trailblazer have released a new edition of their Offa's Dyke Guidebook, to coincide with the path's 40th Birthday - being celebrated by Monmouthshire County Council on 23rd September in Chepstow - the end/start of the path.

This third edition has been re-walked and re-worked by Keith Carter, make sure you look out for the 3rd Edition star in the bottom right hand corner, or you could end up buying the old edition.

The guide weighs in at 297g, which isn't lightweight in any way, but as anyone who is familiar with Trailblazer guides will know, they use good quality, heavy grain paper that won't dissolve like tissue paper and they are remarkably sturdy and won't fall to bits the first time you bend the spine.

This is a traditional Trailblazer guide in every way - there are a minimum of colour pages - just a few interspersed through the book for detailing flora and fauna and one or two scenery shots. But I'm a big believer in keeping things simple and by reducing the colour to a minimum, Trailblazer are able to pack so much more detail in here for the much less than the price of the National Trail guide for example.

As with all recent Trailblazer releases, there are GPS waypoints and a supporting website that will keep readers up to date with any changes to the book or the route subsequent to publishing. At the time of writing this review the update page relates to the 2nd Edition, but this will be changed after publication.

The real problem with the Offa's Dyke Path is the lack of a cost effective baggage courier along the route. There are plenty of companies who will arrange the whole holiday for you, but only one company that does baggage transfer and that charges about £30 per day - probably more expensive than your accommodation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald on 8 Aug 2012
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You may not believe a route guide could have too much information but this one does.
Maybe it was the dreadful weather but I found this one very hard to follow.
The page maps show every twist and turn of the path in monochrome without any contour details so its hard to remember which page you are on.
Even adjacent hills which are obvious on the ground are ignored and instead the number of steps up and down described in dreadful detail. The notation is hard to read and I would prefer to take a good map with shaded contours to show the topography, as I have done for many years.
This book covers the entire route so is very complete but I will be tempted to buy a better one showing topo maps next year when I complete the route.
It does also have details of accommodation and eating places in every town so has extra useful detail not shown in some guides.
I didn't need the accommodation guide as I had booked accommodation from online route guides much earlier. The restaurant and pub information was very helpful though.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By FlyBlow on 29 Nov 2011
Format: Paperback
I think this book is the 'bible' when it comes to walking Offa's Dyke. I and 2 friends had limited time to do the walk but managed to walk several sections between Sedbury Cliffs and Prestatyn with the aid of this book. Between us we had OS maps and other Offa's Dyke material that we had also purchased especially for this walk but because of the confusion with the other material kept referring back to this book to check the routes etc. After only a few miles along the route we ditched the other maps/aids in favour of this book which proved to be worth its weight in gold. The detail in the book is excellent and has obviously been meticulously researched(styles, paths across fields and even the location of where you can refill your water bottle en-route - you don't get that on an OS map!). Incidentally, if we had any comment to make it was the direction of the book - we walked what is considered the traditional and 'normal' direction of South to North. The book is written North to South and we would've preferred it if the book had been written the other way round. In fact when you look into this particular walk and discover that S to N is the usual route you wonder (despite the author's explanation) why on earth he didn't write it S to N in the first place as there are more people walking S to N than the other way round and I would've thought the book would've sold more if it was indeed S to N, BUT the author has included ALL the information needed for BOTH directions, so don't be put off buying this. We just used the maps in reverse, i.e. started from the back of the book. We had no problems at all using the book 'in reverse', and with the easy map numbering, it was quick to find the relevent page in the book while walking.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MollyG on 22 Dec 2011
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I bought this book after using the Coast to Coast Guide from the same series. I haven't actually walked Offa's Dyke yet but so far this looks as good as the Coast to Coast version - which was brilliant, with really helpful diagrams and descriptions to help you through some of the navigationally more tricky sections. I also found the timings they suggested for each section of the walk generally fairly accurate. The only thing it doesn't have is OS style maps included, however I carried actual OS maps on the walk (as I was worried about getting lost and wandering off the strip map), so this did not bother me. Overall, I would definitely recommend this series of books for anyone considering a long distance walk.
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