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Rocky Rambler's Wild Walks [Spiral-bound]

Colin Shelbourn , Iain Peters
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17 Aug 2007
This unique guidebook to family walking in the English Lake District describes 10 walks between 1.2km and 5.2km on varied terrain. Aimed at encouraging children aged from 6 to 14 to take the lead, and enjoy fun walks in the Lake District. Rocky Rambler's Wild Walks is unlike any other Cicerone guide: it is aimed at the young walkers and puts them in charge! It has beautiful illustrations and a light-hearted approach, along with with clear enough instructions to ensure that no one gets lost. With six friendly characters to lead the young rambler along the Lake District pathways, the little ones are bound to have fun - and it will keep them occupied so you too can also enjoy the walk.

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  • Spiral-bound: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press; 2 Rev Ed edition (17 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852843470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852843472
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm a jet-setting, international cartoonist and author, varying my time between drawing, writing books, drawing in books (not always my own) and dreaming up more books.

Cartoon highlights include being Britain's first regular radio cartoonist (don't ask).

Writing highlights include working with Hunter Davies on The Good Guide to the Lakes, as a researcher for Melvyn Bragg's The Maid of Buttermere (which is why a George Shelbourn appears half way through). Co-authoring the Great Drives book with Stirling Moss was a blast ... he did all the routes in much less time than I drove them.

My favourite and most personal book is Drawing Cartoons, which arose out of 10 years running cartoon workshops. By the end of the book, I realised how much MORE there is to know about cartooning ...

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'Introducing children to fell walking can be a tricky business but help is at hand in Rocky Rambler's Wild Walks, a guide to ten easy walks for budding peak baggers. Cartoon style in presentation, it brims over with colour and fun as Rocky and his friend Rachel, helped by Monty the Goat, Sid the Squirrel, Harriet the Herdwick and Kevin the Cat lead the way (as junior will head the family safari) over stiles and bridges, through muddy patches and gaps in walls, with pauses to look at interesting features, identify plants and trees, and here and there dish out warnings of possible dangers and obstacles. Riddles and rhymes add to the fun. Youngsters will rise to the challenge as they purposefully show mum and dad the way to Tarn Hows or Brandelhow, Eskdale or the Bowder Stone. Without realising it, they are taking their first steps towards sampling wanderings over the fell tops.' (George Bott, The Keswick Reminder)

About the Author

Colin Shelbourn is a outdoor enthusiast and author of many successful walking books, mainly to the Lake District. He is resident cartoonist for the Westmorland Gazette.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wainright for Kids 3 Dec 2004
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In a world where the Playstation is king, Rocky Rambler uses good old cartoon fun to encourage kids from the couch.
This is a well thought-out book that lets the children guide you along the walks, so they feel it's their day out (which it should be). Brightly coloured cartoons replace Wainwright's sketches and points of interest to kids are included, along with the odd mystery question.
The three grades of walk used in the book allow you to estimate the physical strain that may be involved. The split is about a third each. Don't think just cos it's a kids book that these walks are all easy - the "mountain goat" rating is there for a reason.
There is nothing else like it that I've found on the market, so if you like walking, and want to do it with the kids, then this book is well worth considering.
The only down side is that there are only ten walks, but when you consider the effort put into making the book, this seems reasonable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock on Rocky!!! 26 July 2010
We bought this book when our kids were younger, and have done all the walks in it during various trips on holiday to The Lake District. The walks are all graded in difficulty, and are accurate and easy to follow. The 'game-board' styling is great as it breaks the walk down into manageable chunks for more reluctant walkers, and there are fun facts throughout that keep the kids interested. We have discovered new places with his book, such as 'Orrest Head' and my personal favourite 'Tilberthwaite' as well as seeing old favourites represented like 'Tarn Hows'. My only gripe is that there isn't a second volume with new walks in it! My children who are now 'Tweenies', are still keen on the format, and it's been a really useful resource in getting our family out and about in the stunning countryside of this beautiful part of the world. 5 Stars!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Childrens walks in the Lake district 16 April 2006
This is a really fun book for all the family - makes walking in the Lake District more interesting and these are walks that are suitable for families. We use this time and time again year after year. Some of the instructions - like start points were a bit ambiguous. Really colourful with great illustrations and ideas of what to see and do. Spiral bound makes it easy to use.
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