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The UK Trailwalker's Handbook Paperback – 11 Nov 2009
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The Long Distance Walkers' Association (LDWA) is an Association of 6,500 members with the common interest of walking long distances in rural, mountainous or moorland areas. With a network of 41 local groups throughout the UK, it has been recognised as the Governing Body for Long Distance Walking since 1985.
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After the introduction, there is a section on the National Trails of Britain, followed by an alphabetical directory of about 720 main trails and some shorter ones. The trails in England are listed under the correct region and each one listed includes the name, a brief outline and distance of the walk, a waymark sign(if any), trail attributes and any useful websites and OS maps to use. On some of the walks listed, the picture shown is not always a waymark sign, it is often a picture of an award badge and the info must be read to avoid confusion. Most walks listed have additional and very useful information on where to buy the full guide or leaflet to complete the walk. This book is a directory and DOES NOT include a full guide for each walk.
So far, I've only really concentrated on the East Central England section and discovered plenty of walks for the future. I've ordered several guides to complete the walks and know this book will be very useful when deciding where to take a walking holiday. I'm really pleased with it and I've found it to be a very useful reference book.
It should be seen therefore as a reference listing all possible trails, but in my region there are a few that are not included which was an added disappointment.
For me this was very useful as I could quickly pick out the walks offering the distances I wanted to do and take it from there. I found after reading through there were many trails and challenge walks that I had not previously known about. Although the LDWA published the book it isn't just what's on their website as there's details about other walks too such as John Merril's many tough challenge walks.
Finally, yeah, I know you can download all this info off the internet, but nothing beats reading through a book in front the fire or on the train while planning what your next great hike will be. So at the end of the day it comes down to whether you prefer to spend hours on the internet going through websites looking for new walks or having the convenience of just opening a book and being inspired.
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I would recomend the hand book to the next long distance walker, that would be easy to carry in a racksack.Published on 20 Aug. 2013 by Theresa Life
I thought it had walk routes in it - not so, it just lists all the long distance walks in the UK. So, not really a lot of use to me .Published on 20 Mar. 2013 by Jennyhaines
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