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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752460110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752460116
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Vinter read history at Exeter University, where he joined the university's Railway Society and started to explore the West of England's closed rail network in the wake of Dr Beeching's infamous axe. In the 1990s, he wrote four volumes in the Railway Walks series and, more recently, has acted as consultant to a number of television series about disused railway lines, most notably "Along These Lines," "Railway Walks," and most recently "James May's Toy Stories." He was president of the Railway Ramblers Society and now oversees their website, as well as regularly conducting talks and walks along railway routes across the country.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V on 20 Jan. 2012
Barely any info on my area, and gives map references rather than names. You would be better off googling your area and train lines you can walk
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert Barnes on 15 Jun. 2011
This book is a great idea and a good opportunity for some in depth writing about railway line cycling. Info is pitifully short on in-depth information. Maybe the author could get people 'on the ground' to contribute fuller descriptions for their area, and even add new ones (I'm happy to volunteer for Tyne and Wear). I wouldn't be confident planning ahead with the current level of info.
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As an avid explorer of old lines, this essential pocket guide is my first port of call when planning walks. It is a county by county guide of all known railway paths in the British Isles at least 2 miles in length. The synopsis of each line includes start and finish point grid references, type of trail (walkers, horses, cyclists), suitability for prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs, and the distance. The routes can thus easily be looked up on Ordnance Survey Landranger and Explorer maps.

The author is to be congratulated for the complete coverage, thoroughness and accuracy of the booklet. There are many photographs including a colour section with some very attractive scenes such as the remote Craig Aderyn on the Bala to Trawsfynydd route, the remains of the viaduct near Accrington, and Black Dog Halt on the Calne branch. A useful list of web sites for further information rounds off this excellent guide.

There are no maps. It would be impractical to include them in what is a basic pocket guide. However, the recently published Ian Allan 'Railways Then & Now' atlas shows all the routes in the railway geographical context. For further reading and more detailed coverage about specific routes, the History Press has published four volumes of the regional 'Railway Walks' series by Jeff Vinter.

Thanks to the work of Sustrans and local authorities, there is an ongoing programme of creating new trails and extending existing routes. The Railway Ramblers website provides regular update reports and it hoped that Jeff will update the Gazetteer from time to time.
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The book itself could have been very useful, if it hadn't started falling apart as soon as it was opened. I found a couple of walks in Devon to try and since then, I have been too afraid to open it as the pages are dropping out.

A good book which could have been very useful if the publisher had not found the cheapest, nastiest bookbinder!
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