This book is the product of a brilliant idea. A clue lies on the back cover: "Turn a rucksack into a swimsac and set off across lakes, down rivers, out to islands".
If you think this is a somewhat quirky idea, do NOT be put off. Inside the book, all is revealed. As Peter Hayes tells us in a very funny introduction, with a swimsac we can all become like frogs going on endless journeys across land and water without being tied to where we enter the water. Instead, we can now swim to the other side and keep right on going!!
What makes this book extra special is the combination of routes, funny anecdotes (the book is full of them), beautifully drawn maps and cartoons. Peter Hayes possesses the writing (and illustrating) talents of the very best travel writer - The ability to entertain and make the reader laugh all the way through the book. A simply tremendous book.