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Pathfinder Shropshire, Staffordshire & the Heart of England: Walks (Pathfinder Guide) Paperback – 1 May 2007


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Guides; 6 edition (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711705704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711705708
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 22.7 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Coates has written several books in the Pathfinder Guides series and is a regular contributor to BBC Countryfile magazine as well as an occasional writer for The Times Travel supplement, Walk magazine and Country Walking. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Walk 1: Badger Dingle

Distance: 3.5 miles (5.6km)
Height Gain: 360 feet (110m)
Approx Time: 2 hours
Route Terrain: Lanes and field paths, muddy in places
Parking: Limited pace on Church Lane, or limited verge-side parking between Start and A.

Picturesque Badger village, all thatched cottages and village ponds, stands above a deep gorge scoured through sandstone by the Snowdon Brook; once a popular day-trip from neighbouring towns. This walk meanders along lanes and tracks to pick up a route through the secluded Worge Valley, where ancient oaks recall fromer park and woodland. 

Church Lane is narrow, so park tight-in outside the church, St Giles' stands beside one of the village ponds and has some impressive memorials within to local families. One such is to the Georgian iron and steel magnate Isaac Hawkins Browne; is was he who owned Badger Hall and who paid for the improvement of Badger Dingle, visited at the end of the walk. Return to the open end of Church Lane and turn right. The quiet lane threads through rich farmland dotted with old boundary oaks; in 1/2 mile pass by Badger Farm and remain on the lane to the next cottage on the left.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Meanwood TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
These guides are brilliant. The walks are arranged with the shortest at the beginning of the book and the longest at the end, so if you haven't done much walking you can ease yourself in gently.

Each walk is detailed over about five pages. There is a Ordnance Survey map showing the complete walk, though they are not large and I would therefore advise you to take a 1:25000 map of the area and a compass that you know how to use. There is a general description of the walk with points corresponding to the map and advice on where to park the car or catch a bus.

I would consider the Pathfinder series to be the best available, as the descriptions of the walks compared to my experiences of these walks mean that the authors must have actually done them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Suzyq on 2 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
With this series it's always important to ensure you buy the latest version, as hedges, gates, fences etc have changed! So tip for today is to check the version before buying the very cheapest on offer. (I got mine from Amazon)
I bought this book to do two walks at Long Mynd/Stiperstones. Detail perfect in every way. Good description and made for two perfect days.
No need to drive to suggested start points. We walked Long Mynd from our camp site.
To improve books they could link walks in vicinity especially if area covered overlaps with another book. Notwithstanding this Jarrold is my first choice for description and fact that they use OS maps so scale/detail always consistent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LM on 28 Aug. 2013
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I wasn't worried about seeing inside this before purchasing as you can always trust Pathfinder to come up with some great walks and clear guides. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IntensiveCareNurse TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 July 2012
Format: Paperback
If you only buy one walk book for the Midlands, this is the one you want.
I actually purchased this 1n 1996, and have now done most of the walks more than once (I actually did the Stiperstones walk only yesterday). Some I have done many times.

My very favourite walks from this collection are:
1) Bridgnorth and the River Severn.
2) Ludlow.
3) Bewdley.
4) The Long Mynd.

All of the walks have their own particular charm.
This series of books always gives you a reliable parking & starting point, and all walks are circular in nature, so that you end up back at the car.
Walks are split into 3 categories; green, blue & orange, ranging from easy to challenging. Distances typically stem from 4.5 to 8 miles, although there are 2 that are 10 & 11.5 miles respectively.

Criticisms? There is only one, although it is typical of walking publications in general.
Even when I purchased the book in 1996, many of the walks listed stiles & gates that were sometimes no longer there... Also (on occasion) stiles might have been added and/or the right of way (which is mandatory & cannot be denied to walkers) has been slightly "modified" by landowners...
This stems from the walks having been formulated many years ago, with subsequent editions of the book not fully incorporating changes.
They are however 99% correct & will always lead you in the right direction... If you do become slightly puzzled en-route it is always easy to get back on track, and this even adds to the fun of the walk. Looking at the excellent large OS map included with every walk always seems to put me in the right direction.
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I have nearly all the pathfinder guides, I rate every other walking a guide against the Pathfinder style of guide.
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By Woodster on 20 Oct. 2012
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Excellent range of books across the country that provide a great range of walks for all ages and abilities. A real time saver in terms of finding suitable walks. Must have about 10 of these books now and would not go on a walking holiday without one.
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