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Walk Dartmoor [Spiral-bound]

Kate Hobbs , Alan Hobbs
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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16 Jan 2006 Walk!
Walk! Dartmoor with Kate and Alan Hobbs covers walks of varying length across Dartmoor - from the dramatic high moors, gentle riversides, idyllic country lanes, unspoilt villages, to sites of ancient archaeology and former industries, and all with spectacular views. This user friendly illustrated guide has a summary of walking routes and is rated by time, effort, distance and hills, as well as the availability of refreshments en route and the vertigo risk.Each walk is described in full and there are timings listed in the book to help with navigation and progress. Walk! Dartmoor contains a 1:40,000 scale Ordnance Survey map for each route. --Devon Life May 2006 Book Description Within the heart of Devon lies Dartmoor's 365 square miles of natural beauty, one of the largest areas of exposed granite in southern England. Apart from its spectacular scenery, Dartmoor is rich in flora and fauna. Come with us to explore Dartmoor's dramatic high moors, gentle riversides, idyllic country lanes and unspoilt villages, discovering spectacular views, ancient archaeology and traces of bygone industries. All 40 walking routes include: walking route summary, ratings for Effort Time Distance Ascents/Descents Refreshments and Vertigo risk, fully detailed walk description including frequent timings to aid navigation and check your progress, GPS waypoints at every key point on every route, full colour 1:40,000 scale Ordnance Survey licenced mapping for each route, short walk and stroll alternatives.

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  • Spiral-bound: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Discovery Walking Guides Ltd (16 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904946127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904946120
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 12.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walk! Dartmoor with Kate and Alan Hobbs covers walks of varying length across Dartmoor - from the dramatic high moors, gentle riversides, idyllic country lanes, unspoilt villages, to sites of ancient archaeology and former industries, and all with spectacular views. This user friendly illustrated guide has a summary of walking routes and is rated by time, effort, distance and hills, as well as the availability of refreshments en route and the vertigo risk.Each walk is described in full and there are timings listed in the book to help with navigation and progress. Walk! Dartmoor contains a 1:40,000 scale Ordnance Survey map for each route description. --Devon Life May 2006

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dartmoor walkers will love this book 11 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:Spiral-bound
This is a wonderful area for walking, but you need to know what you are doing and where you are going - the moor is no place to get lost. This handy guidebook is just what's needed.
This excellent, bright and clear book has a good mix of walks from easy to some real challenges, all well described and with the kind of detail I like - including compass directions, OS map sections, timings, climbs and descents, pubs and GPS information. I also like the spiral binding so you can fold the book right back at the page you need without damaging it.
I would not hesitiate to recommend this inspiring guidebook to beginner and expert alike.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ideal Companion For Walks On Dartmoor 28 Feb 2006
Format:Spiral-bound
This book is the ideal size to carry with you on a walk, and provides all the detail neded to follow the walk. Points of interest are highlighted, and often illustrated with excellent photographs. My only gripe is that the photos are a little small for my rather old eyes. Larger photos would have made the book bulkier or they would have to eliminated some - so I suppose the compromise is about right for most people.
I have found that the walks are accurately described with the time taken predictable from the book.
The unusual feature of the book is the provision of GPS way point data, so by loading the way points into your gps before setting off, you can simply follow the route knowing you are exactly on the intended path. I found this reassuring, and it certainly added an element of interest to the walks.
Overall, a book I heartily recommend, I will be looking out for more books in the series.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Spiral-bound
This is a new approach to a walking guide for Dartmoor. It is fresh, attractive and practical - I like the spiral binding. I am getting into GPS navigation and so am delighted with the GPS waypoints in the book. Not only do you know that the authors have walked the route exactly as described, you can download the data into your handheld GPS unit and follow the route - no chance of getting lost.
The walk description are particularly good. There is a balance between getting the facts of the route over to the reader, but there is also background information that adds to your understanding of the landscapes you pass through.
The information bars at the start of each route are really useful - you can tell at a glance detail such as ascents & descents, time and distance, even refreshment advice. And I was quite surprised to see that the OS maps are the very latest with CROW land etc. - right up to date. Good photos too.
I am trying to think of a criticism - but I can't. Excellent book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Walking Dartmoor 2 Feb 2009
By A. Lee
Format:Spiral-bound
A well written book with lots of interesting historical facts regarding the long and varied history of Dartmoor. The clear intructions and minaturised copy of the appropriate Ordnance Survey maps are very useful. It is still best to take a full size OS map, compass, GPS plus other safety equipment, particularly when conditions are poor. The weather can change in minutes.

The GPS references in the back of the book must be checked before you set out.

The walking times are somewhat optimistic, although to be fair he does not allow for stops. We did Walk 1 in 6 hours rather than the 4 and a 1/4 suggested. So, in my opinion, it is best to allow more time to stop for a leisurely lunch and take photos of the beautiful views.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but lacks soul. 5 Sep 2011
Format:Spiral-bound
Walk! Dartmoor does many things right - the size of the book, spiral binding, coordination with OS maps, number of walks, clear ratings for ease of walks, time, availability of food etc. What I thought was disappointing though, was that it comes across as just another book in the series, and in a way is constrained by having to stick to a rigid format. Clearly the authors know their ground very well, and it is a shame that their knowledge of the area and love for it doesn't come through the pages enthusiastically. The description of features is rather dry and has little or no explanation or references. The illustrations are also rather poor because they are just reduced copies of the OS explorer series, and compromise on clarity. There is also no mention of whether paths are suitable for those with dogs or children - eg. ladder stiles not negotiable by larger dogs. My other gripe is that the authors' estimate of time required for the walks is annoyingly underestimated - they would be right if one marched purposefully along the tracks without taking one's eyes off the path. As the authors admit, they don't allow for 'stand and stare' time, which is a pity given the beauty of the area.

In summary you will not be disappointed if you just want a dry list of walks in the Dartmoor area, but if you are looking for something along the lines of Jack Keighley's books on walks in the Yorkshire Dales, with very personal recommendations and lovely handdrawn maps and handwritten text, then look elsewhere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift 15 Dec 2009
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
Bought as a gift for a photography enthusiast looking for the best places on dartmoor. Was found to be very useful and was appreciated. Good detail for walkers as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Walk Guide 3 April 2010
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
This is a very comprehensive book of walks giving good coverage of Dartmoor. However the times given for the walks are not very generous. If you are finding your way, it will take significantly longer than the guide times - add about 30mins to one hour. A little more detail for the 'difficult' bits would also be helpful eg on Walk 17 the 'boulder bridge' it not that apparent where the path peters out by the stream. This still remains one of the best books of walks for Dartmoor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Main Guide
This has become my main walking guide to Dartmoor. I haven't taken to GPS as recommended in the guide - reading the reviews of those who've tried them put me off. Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. R. Fry
5.0 out of 5 stars Dartmoor
An excellent book.Very informative and pictures in colour.I, and my family will use it quite frequently. An absolute must have.
Published 4 months ago by lindsey
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written guide
I have yet to complete a walk following this guide. That is, every time I rely on it I
Come a cropper. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Fitzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Walk Dartmoor
An excellent little book - compact and full of info about the walks.
Useful list of waypoints for GPS users - so in theory - you can't go wrong. Read more
Published 18 months ago by CHAS24s
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book - if you have GPS
I ordered this book from Amazon, along with an OS map, for a walking holiday on Dartmoor. We tried three of the walks, and I must start by saying how pleased we were to have such... Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2011 by Swordflasher
5.0 out of 5 stars the best walking books
This is the second book from this publisher i have purchased the prevoius one being the brecon beacons. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by billybong
5.0 out of 5 stars Walk Dartmoor!
An excellent compact and informative guide. Full of inspiring, easy to follow, graded routes. Small enough to take with you on the moor. Great value for money!
Published on 21 Mar 2011 by Slipstreamer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good walks but irritating style
This book contains some excellent walks exploring all of the best bits of Dartmoor. It's probably the most comprehensive walking guide out there at the moment for Dartmoor. Read more
Published on 5 April 2010 by Greystones113
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like walking you'll love this
This was our first trip to Dartmoor and from what we'd heard we knew that some help would be useful. This book exceeded our expectations. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2009 by Mr. M. Floutier
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