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The UK Trailwalker's Handbook Paperback – 11 Nov 2009

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press; 8 edition (11 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852845791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852845797
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I discovered this directory of walks whilst browsing on the Long Distance Walkers Association(LDWA). Published by Cicerone Press, who publish the very best of walking guides, this book is good quality and clearly presented.
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.
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I succumbed to the lure of the cheaper pricing of the kindle version of this book and, in retrospect, would have preferred a paper version. The reason is that this is a reference book and although the table of contents has hyperlinks to each chapter, it would have been preferable to have an index by which you could navigate to individual walks, since there are quite a few in each regional chapter. Navigating to a particular walk is therefore awkward, and considering the advantage of hyperlinking available in an electronic book this represents a missed opportunity. Having said that the information contained is enough to outline each long-distance trail although you cannot really undertake a trail without a further detailed guide.
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.
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I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this book. It's a good enough list of LDPs, but that's about it. The book is just too difficult to navigate. A decent map showing all the routes listed in the book would transform it from what is really just a glorified list to a really useful reference. As it stands the book is just too difficult and confusing to be useful, not what I have come to expect from Cicerone. Perhaps in the future a later edition will be published that will be clearer and easier to use.
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Much of the information in this book is already on the LDWA website which is also probably more up-to-date. If you just want information on specific walks you can also probably do better by research on-line. On the other hand if you want the convenience of a well produced book it does provide a good overview of the various trails and challenge walks. You have to make your own judgement on whether you think that is worth paying for. Personally I don't.
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This is a very useful book featuring a directory of hundreds of long distance walks. The book doesn't feature any maps so if you're looking for a guide book this isn't for you. Instead it gives details of walk distances along with details such as distance, terrain type, who to contact for more details, whether there is a badge/certificate for those completing the walks and so forth.

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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It is oke, But I had hoped that the routes were explained in this guide. And they are not.
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A very useful planning manual. Full of information. Didn't realise there were so many long distance paths in Britain and so many interesting websites.
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A welcome update of this excellent publication. The handbook provides an invaluable overview and reference source for walkers. The footpath network and themed trails are national treasures worthy of celebration. By implication the introduction draws attention on the need for statutory and other bodies to work together to support,improve,and promote trails to the public. The straightforward ratioanale is that this is a good value way to improve health, to encourage recreation and the pleasure of walking.
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