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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 7 edition (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405389818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405389815
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Whitfield was born in the UK in 1961 and emigrated to New Zealand with his parents aged 13. He spent formative years in Auckland and Hastings before moving to Christchurch to study Chemical Engineering. The food industry put a roof over his head for a few years but his real home was on the road, travelling through the Americas, cycling through Europe and North Africa and trekking in Nepal. Wanting to share his experiences, he started writing travel guidebooks for the Rough Guides in the early 1990s, first in Scandinavia quickly followed by guides to Wales, California and New Zealand. With these under his belt he branched out to Alaska, Mexico and Yosemite National Park. All the while he was complementing his writing with photography, both for Rough Guides and OurPlace World Heritage, documenting UNESCO World Heritage sites. He now lives in his adoptive homeland, New Zealand.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Simon T on 26 May 2012
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I've just picked up a copy of the new Wales Rough Guide. There are so many great ideas for things to do, in places I've been, that I never knew. I want to go back (home) again soon to check them out.
The new guide is colourful, with great photos and really clear, well illustrated colour maps and the text seems so much easier to read than rough guides of old. The mix of information,history and ideas for further exploration is just right. I am reinvigorated with a desire to go back very soon. I particularly liked the detail on the Gower and the Llyn Peninsula, again both had lots of 'news-to-me'. With Aberaeron and Barmouth, these are now top of my 'must go back soon' list. Enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gillian C on 11 July 2012
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I always buy a Rough Guide whenever I go to a new area. They're the best in my opinion. On this occasion howeverone problem emerged: of the three main recommended restaurants listed for Haverforwest, two had already closed and one had moved and been renamed. Given that this was a 2012 Guide, it was disappointing but I suspect that it's more a sign of the financial times in South Wales than the Guide's fault. Other than that, all the information was spot on and very useful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheenagh Pugh VINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2012
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It's always hard to review a wide-ranging guide so I'll say at the start that I am basing this on the two places I know really well: Cardiff and Carmarthen, and using what the book has to say on these as a guide to its general quality. One general thing I will say, though: I can't see that the Guide has changed much in this edition - maybe not enough to justify buying it if you already have the last one. Now, granted, Snowdonia won't have altered much, but Cardiff has, and I don't think the guide has kept up well with its very speedy recent development. Its recommendations for eating strike me as meagre and outdated, for a start, and there's little sense of how buzzing the city currently is.

As for Carmarthen, another place that's changed a lot lately, the guide is dismissive, suggesting the place has little for tourists and that they should stay elsewhere. Well, it's true there are not many specific Things To See, but that isn't all a place is about. Carmarthen has excellent shopping (even a Nomads outlet, which is far from usual in Wales), good transport connections and is a tidy, pleasant little town which would actually make a very good base to explore West Wales from. And what you want in a base isn't necessarily lots of attractions, but a relaxing, pleasant atmosphere.

As usual, the guide is good on transport links and has all the basic information you would need to tour the country. But if you still have the last edition, I wouldn't rush to get this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Megan on 24 Aug. 2012
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I always judge how good a guidebook is by the condition it's in after a trip, and after a two week camping/ touring holiday in Wales it's been well and truly scarred i.e. spine bent and well thumbed from use. The book was well indexed and laid out, the top highlights for each area and maps & town maps were particularly useful (no sat nav or fancy internet phone in this household!). The write up about the places tended to be very accurate, the authors judgments were akin to my own thoughts on places. The historical information about castles, bridges etc very interesting and informative. I think readers will have to accept that as soon as a guide book is written it's already out of date and there were a few occasions where recommended places for eating & drinking were no longer in business (perhaps a reflection of the current economic times in the UK). The campsites recommended which were available were good, but the prices described in the book were often stated as per pitch, and this 9 out of ten times was incorrect an it was price per person. I bought this book on an offer paying about half the normal price, so it was definately VFM, but I would have bought this if it had been on sale at full price. I'm now toying with the idea of buying the rough guide for the area I live, to keep for visitors and I might even discover some new gems I don't yet know exist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 May 2013
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This is a very general introduction to the different parts of Wales and only provides information about the main attractions, so if you intend to go to Wales for rambling, canoeing, cycling etc. you might be better off buying a book dedicated to that activity + of course a proper map of the region.

This book is good if you are a complete newbie to Wales and would like some inspiration and a very short introduction to the culture/history and general layout of each region. But as I've been to Wales quite often and am looking for inspiration to see new things, I wasn't impressed. I did find a few places that I would like to look up when I get to SE & SW Wales, but it seems that I've covered most of what there is to see in the other regions - or maybe they just haven't covered it in quite enough depth. I certainly know of some hills in the Snowdonia region that could - and should - have been covered, but we'll keep that a secret for a bit longer.

There seems to be an awful lot of space dedicated to castles - some of which are certainly not all that interesting. I think that it would have been more interesting to include more pictures or even some (mapped) suggestions for walks/bike rides/scrambles etc. off the beaten track - rather than the usual overrun paths up Snowdon.

The book was published in March 2012, so at least the information is still very much up-to-date also the further links etc. provided seem to work fine. The inclusion of links I find is a great idea as it provides inspiration and help if you want to do the necessary further information gathering on your own, but I still can't help but be a bit disappointed with the quality of the information provided. Maybe they should spend less space on suggestions for accommodation and places to eat (which is easy to find and book online anyway)and more time on the actual attractions of this beautiful country.
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