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The West Highland Way: Updated Summer 2003 [Spiral-bound]

Jacquetta Megarry
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Jun 2003 West Highland Way
The West Highland Way is the first and most famous of Scotland's long-distance walks. It begins on the outskirts of Glasgow, its largest city, then goes through Scotland's first National Park, along the shores of its largest loch. After 95 miles (152 km) of superb scenery, the Way ends in Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. The second edition of this popular guidebook was fully revised in 2003, with many improvements, including more photographs, details of the new Scottish Outdoor Access Code and a Fort William town plan. It contains all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday: drop-down map showing the whole route in six panels; waterproof paper throughout; the Way in sections, with summaries of distance, terrain and where to find food and drink; concise background on the history and wildlife; information about side-trips and mountain climbs including Ben Lomond and Ben Nevis; planning information for travel by car, train, bus or plane; in full colour, with 60 photographs.

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  • Spiral-bound: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Rucksack Readers; 2nd Revised edition edition (Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898481199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898481195
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 22 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,267,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jacquetta Megarry is a late-onset long-distance walker resident in central Scotland. On her first long walk, the West Highland Way, she found the traditional design of guidebook impractical in rain and wind, so she created Rucksack Readers® - guidebooks in a new, rucksack-friendly format.

Since 2000, she has written or coauthored 14 other titles in the series, including the Rob Roy Way which she co-devised in 2001. She has edited a further 16 Rucksack Readers® and walks every route that she publishes, some repeatedly - to clarify route directions and to gain first-hand comparative experience of all the walks.

She has summited Mount Kilimanjaro by four different routes, and completed high-altitude treks also in Nepal, Peru and Morocco. Her experience on Aconcagua led her to devise the Rucksack Pocket Summits series for "seven summiteers". Her website is at www.rucsacs.com.

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When walking the West Highland Way, this book was my bible. With its drop-down map, lots of information on history, geology and wildlife and masses of photos, it's all you need in one handy package. The waterproof paper is a great idea. I've used my book twice in all weathers (in 2003 and 2007), and it's still in good condition. Don't leave home without it. --Reviewed by Margaret Watkiss on Amazon.co.uk

The Rucksack Reader format is extremely practical, concise and clear, and the waterproof paper essential for walking in the unpredictable Scottish climate! The text is easy to read and the photographs are beautiful. I would recommend this book to anyone either walking the Way in full or enjoying it piecemeal as a Sunday ramble. --Reviewed by Steven Smith on Amazon.co.uk

The Rucksack Reader format is extremely practical, concise and clear, and the waterproof paper essential for walking in the unpredictable Scottish climate! The text is easy to read and the photographs are beautiful. I would recommend this book to anyone either walking the Way in full or enjoying it piecemeal as a Sunday ramble. --Reviewed by Rob Tennent on Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an alternate Spiral-bound edition.

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This fully waterproof format has been designed for walking in the Scottish climate. The mapping (scale 1: 100,000) was specially commissioned to show route and walker information, the transport and other information has been carefully researched and presented, and the book is lavishly illustrated with over 50 professional quality photographs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid guide to breathtaking walk! 10 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Spiral-bound
This is an absolute must-have for beginners and experienced hikers alike: the guide gives detailed and sufficient information on what to expect on this splendid walk, but does not go into irrelevant issues. The directions are easy to follow, even for the less experienced hikers amongst us. The summary at the beginning of the book provides a clear overview of what to find and where. It tells you how to prepare, and gives practical intelligence on the route itself, starting each day with a summary of the distance, terrain, grade, where to find food and drink and possible side-trips. The book's format is designed to make it easy to use while walking, as the paper is entirely water- and food-proof, and the spiral binding means no pages falling out nor indecipherable road names due to folding. There is a map on the first page that shows an overview of the route day-by-day, telling exactly where to find the detailed information on the bit you're looking for. The last page is a very detailed map, in one piece, so you won't have to have to fiddle around trying to see which road on one map continues where on the next. The background information on the route is smartly brought under in separate sections so you don't have to skip whole pieces while trying to find your way, but can easily look information up when you're ready for it. The habitats and wildlife section is great! For West Highland Wayfarers, this guide is essential, and the beautiful pictures make it a precious souvenir.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a little gem 21 Jun 2012
Format:Spiral-bound
An extremely comprehensive and practical guide - its small size, ringbound format and drop-down maps make it very easy to use whilst walking. Pleasing design integrates text with photographs, but never at the expense of legibility. An immense amount of well-organized information, covering all aspects of the West Highland Way, has been concisely fitted into its small dimensions. The drop-down maps were undamaged by my test of 10 minutes continuous exposure to rain, so I would be very confident using them in wet conditions. I really like this well-considered and thoughtfully designed guide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 15 May 2009
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
great information, helped me on my great walk on the west high land way. thanks!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Chris
Format:Spiral-bound
This book has some great background on geology and history, and very useful planning information (such as what services are available where). Unfortunately the map lets it down - it is not very detailed and sometimes sacrifices accuracy for appearance - on several occasions we expected a campsite to come up a couple hours before it did because some landmark or campsite logo was a positioned a mile or two out. That said this is a small criticism, the map is only intended to be indicative - there is never any doubt about navigation as the Way is so well signposted. If I did it again I'd also buy a proper map to help with working out where you are and what time you'll arrive etc.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clear and practical guide 11 Nov 2001
Format:Spiral-bound
The Rucksack Reader format is extremely practical, concise and clear, and the waterproof paper essential for walking in the unpredictable Scottish climate!
The text is easy to read and the photographs are beautiful.
I would recommend this book to anyone either walking the Way in full or enjoying it piecemeal as a Sunday ramble.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Accessible Guide 20 Jun 2012
By reader
Format:Spiral-bound
I've used this book several times, walking different parts of the Way in recent years and have found it consistently practical and helpful. The waterproof design has kept it in good shape which means I can now share it with some relatively inexperienced younger walkers. I feel confident that the step by step sections will ensure they reach each destination without getting lost. For them, the 'notes for novices' section is particularly welcome (my parental advice might not be taken so seriously) and the sections on history, habitats and wildlife etc. offer accessible and interesting bite-sized information to help them make the most of the experience. Hopefully, one might add another review on his/her return.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of West Highland Way 5 Jun 2003
Format:Spiral-bound
I recently purchased a copy of the second edition West Highland Way to replace a loaned copy of the first edition. The first thing noticed is how much better the appearance of the second edition is. It has a hard wearing, glossy look and feel. (Although both editions are waterproof, the second looks as though it could stand a good soaking without coming to any harm).
Although many of the photographs from the first edition have been used again in the second, the overall layout and presentation feels more professional. The text has also been given a good overhaul and updated where appropriate, and even has limited information on the first stage of the Great Glen Way, should you feel inclined to continue walking from Fort William.
Possibly the biggest single change that will appeal to European purchasers is that all distances are now shown in miles AND kilometres.
There is now a lot more contact details and web site addresses of other organisations who can help you plan and book your walk.
Overall, I thought it would be difficult to improve on the existing edition. The second however has manged to do just this.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take the weight out of walking the Way 7 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Spiral-bound
This book is ideal for information junkies like me. When walking the West Highland Way in the past I have been laden with substantial guides and voluminous maps. This spiral bound book with its ingenious drop down map will both guide you on your way as well as providing fascinating tidbits of information on history, geology and wildlife.
Dont be put off by the rather lurid cover photograph which looks more like the Sahara than the Highlands. Inside there are plenty more illustrating the wonders of this exhilarating walk throughout the year.
If you're thinking of walking the Way this book provides a most practical companion with its waterproof pages as well as an attractive souvenir. It's clear and well written and as the name of the series suggests - fits neatly into your rucksac.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good map
This was so useful on my walk, it is clear and well laid out, I didn't get much rain but if it had rained it would have survived pretty good.
Published 5 months ago by B J Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide
Follows the format of the other rucksack readers with a mixture of detailed directions and snippets of information covering history, folklore and wildlife. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2012 by Kintyre Way Ranger
5.0 out of 5 stars At last a guide that works while you're walking
It's tempting to write a review as soon as you unpack the book. That might work for novels but I have resisted the urge to put down my thoughts until I'd actually used the guide... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by N. Rushby
5.0 out of 5 stars The best WHW guide bar none
Apart from the great route description, great photos and useful map, here's clearly been a lot of thought put into the design of this book. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by Del Champ
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and informative.
My WHW Rucksack Reader has accompanied me on 3 visits to the Way and has proved most useful, both to me and fellow walkers. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by Mr. E. A. Povey
5.0 out of 5 stars West highland way
As an occasional walker, this book provides an excellent description of sections of the way, to allow me to choose a sub section for a day's walk. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by Jonny
5.0 out of 5 stars First class guide
An excellent helpful guide to the West Highland Way. Just what every walker needs, before, during or after the walk.
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by PETER MEHTA
4.0 out of 5 stars rucsacreader
Well produced ,easy to handle ,good usable maps which relate well to the surrounding countryside. The text is informative and easy to follow. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by I richardson
1.0 out of 5 stars not enough information
This sparsely written guide to the West Highland Way seems to intentionally miss out important information. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2012 by L Lennie
1.0 out of 5 stars The paper that really cares....for downstairs:
One major advantage of this unique spiral-bound guide is that you can tear out the pages should you run out of toilet paper whilst on the trail (you will probably be lost at this... Read more
Published on 29 May 2012 by Jenna Mugabe
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