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Secret Beaches: Southwest (50 short walks to the secluded shores of southwest Britain.) Paperback – 11 Jul 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: One More Grain Of Sand; 1st edition (11 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956931502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956931504
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Much more than a guidebook, Secret Beaches: Southwest showcases the secluded shores that are strung bead-like along the coastlines of Devon, Cornwall and Dorset. Through detailed walk directions and inspiring photographs, it leads you down forgotten woodland trails and along dramatic clifftop pathways to hidden coves known only to a handful of locals. The first travel book to make use of the very latest QR-code technology, it allows you to download all the information you require - from walk directions and maps to details on the best place to stop for something to eat and drink - to your phone. So you don't even have to carry the book with you when you set out to explore... 'A very personal selection of beaches from a clear water-lover, this is a beautifully shot guide to the Southwest' Kate Rew, author of Wild Swim. 'A fabulous and fascinating introduction to the beautiful shores of the Southwest' Mat Follas, Masterchef winner and patron of The Wild Garlic restaurant, Dorset. 'A pleasing mix of fresh writing, solid information and genuinely useful techno-wizardry' Clare Gogerty, editor of Coast magazine. A guidebook of superlative quality that will lead you to the 50 most secluded beaches and coves along the shoreline of southwest Britain. With over 250 beautiful photographs, maps and suggestions such as where to find the local alehouse or tea room, it will make your holiday in the Westcountry truly memorable. With large format photographs and informative and witty copy, it is to be enjoyed by ocean surfers and sofa surfers alike.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Katy on 16 July 2011
Format: Paperback
Just received this book as a present, a fantastic book for beach lovers! Beautiful pictures, clearly laid out - i particularly love the Pit Stop section (good thinking Mr Smith) and a must have summer guide book. I do have all the wild swimming and cool camping books and Secret Beaches fits perfectly alongside them. I'm loving it!! Can't recommend it enough. Good for pressies too! :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Booky on 20 July 2011
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I am really enjoying reading about the secret beaches and looking forward to visiting them - responsibly. I think anyone buying and using this book will do the same.
The codes make it really user-friendly. Great idea, great execution.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 25 July 2011
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This is a really smart book in all respects - the style and layout, the pictures, maps and diagrams, the use of colours, and above all the actual content. It's well written and very readable, and acually you can imagine the walks and almost feel you're doing them while sitting in comfort and leafing through the pages! So there you are - you just need to buy the book and read it and and not go to the trouble of actually doing the walks. There is a theory that thinking about exercising is almost as beneficial (and certainly safer) as wearing out your joints doing it. The pitstops, however would be a must! I don't agree that these secret places will be inundated with visitors because of this book. In my experience anywhere that requires a walk away from the car of more than a mile only attracts those few people that are usually respectful of the remoteness and beauty of the place, and they deserve the rewards for making the effort. For my part, I'll definitely do some of the walks but will read all of them and imagine I'm there! Although it's not too weighty to carry with you, if you have a smart-phone you can scan the barcodes for each walk and just leave the book behind and navigate using the phone - very clever. A very worthy addition to the travel section of your bookshelves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By vicky on 2 Jun. 2012
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I live in the southwest and I wanted some adventures but I didn't know where to start, so I bought this book. Went on one of the walks last week to Mupe bay and it was beautiful. We were the only ones on the beach for most of the time even though it is around the corner from lulworth and the sun was out! It was a short walk to get there and really easy to find.
What is great about this book is that every page has a QR code, so I scanned it into my phone so I did not have to take the book! Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tee Double You Bee Esq on 23 Aug. 2012
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I'm almost loathe to review this wonderful book - the irony of sharing secrets! The book covers all of the West Country coastline from North Devon all the way back round to Poole. Born, bred and living in Dorset I am always interested in finding out parts which are unfamiliar and while I'm aware of a few of the beaches on here there are some places new to me.

The layout is superb and simple - beautiful photography, a pithy description of the benefits offered by the individual spot (e.g. swimming, rock-pools, sand grade, seclusion, accessibility etc.), and a circular walk to each beach. There is also a nifty QR code for Smart Phone access to all the info (as it's quite a hefty book).

All in all, this is a perfect addition to anyone's bookshelf who wants to travel a little off the beaten track and avoid the summer throngs of grockles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By satisfied on 13 Mar. 2013
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We purchased this book to give as a present to mark a 50 year wedding anniversary which was to be spent on a walking holiday in Cornwall. The descriptions of each beach were excellent providing information on access, difficulty, length of walk and pit stops and extra info for dog owners. Very well presented and lovely photographs. An excellent book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MS A BIRKS on 6 Nov. 2014
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Good book, the beaches we went to were very quiet, but it fails to point out that some of the paths are liable to erosion/are not well marked/may cross private land
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paula on 13 Feb. 2013
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I bought this book as a gift. I love the way it is set out, the photographs and the straightfoward directions. I borrowed it and did one of the walks in Cornwall, followed by the recommended pub visit .... lovely. The "secret" beaches written about the area I live in were all well known beaches to me, but for someone visiting it makes a nice off the beaten track kind of guide.
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