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  • Spiral-bound: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Discovery Walking Guides Ltd (16 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904946143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904946144
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 1.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Years of experience have gone into a new walking guide to the Downs - a book which fills its author with confidence. Of the 42 walks, 21 are within the West Sussex area, the area to the north of Chichester being a particular favourite of Martin's. Ten years of walking the Downs has gone into this book. Every walk has an element of wow! factor, many using paths that don't appear in other guides. It really is the Rolls Royce of South Downs walking. --West Sussex Gazette

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jan 2006
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I note that I’m not the first reader to review this book in glowing terms – and that doesn’t surprise me!
The publishers have clearly hit on a winning formula – the professional presentation, the attention to detail, the symbols rating guide, ordnance survey mapping etc. are all excellent, and in Martin Simons they have found an author to complement these high standards.
Martin’s knowledge of the Downs is clearly matched by his enthusiasm for their history and beauty. It’s all VERY infectious indeed. No sooner have you completed one walk than you find yourself desperate to start another! In fact, the customary visit to the pub at the end of each walk provides the perfect opportunity to plan the next venture!
The photographs and the background information contribute a great deal to the whole, but it is the clarity and precision of the description of the routes that appeals to me most. As a woman who occasionally walks alone, with absolutely NO sense of direction, and a marked disinclination to pore over maps or get clever with GPS contraptions, I feel entirely confident in trusting this Guide as my sole companion.
I’ve lived within a stone’s throw of the South Downs for years and Martin’s book has awakened in me not only a deep appreciation of the landscape itself, its past and its present, but also a passion for the simple pleasure of walking. A “SELF-Discovery Walking Guide”, you might say!! Thank you!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jan 2006
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I have just returned from the Kingston Spectacular, and it was just that....Spectacular!! If all the walks in this book are as impressive as this one then this is the best walking book around!!
Its great for experienced walkers, but also brilliant if you just want to explore the fantastic scenery the South Downs has to offer, and sample a few of the pubs/restaurants on the way that are all pointed out in the book!! The maps and photos in the book are great and really give a you a feel about what to expect. The information given on the different areas of the South Downs are also very interesting, its not just walking but like a mini history lesson!!!
Id recommend this book to anyone who likes spectacular scenary and want to explore some of the most beautiful areas in and around Sussex, for experienced and novice walkers alike!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A C Noren on 3 Feb 2006
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I bought "Walk the South Downs" after reading the glowing recommendations of this guide book, and I can happily say it has lived up to my expectations.
It is very well written, with quirky comments here and there and it certainly guided me succesfully on my first few walks.
This must surely be the Rolls Royce of walking books!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Palmer on 12 April 2006
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This book provides excellent decriptions and accurate details for some stunning walks across the South Downs. Even if you are not a walker the careful detail of this book allows you to explore as if you were.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Morley on 2 Oct 2006
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A more than excellent walking guide to the South Downs. Each walk I have sampled has explored the Downs via wonderfully enjoyable and less well trodden routes. Although I know the South Downs quite well, having walked over the area for years, Martin Simons has taken me through woods I never knew where there and around brows of hills into peaceful valley bottoms that I have never walked through before. Taking different pathways, off the main drag, means that you have to sure of your turnings and each of Martin Simmons markers have been spot on so far. His useful illustrations assist routing confidence and his accuracy so far prompts me to suggest that if you don't find the gate or the way marker he mentions you've gone the wrong way.

Wonderful walks and a thoroughly recommended guide. As another reviewer states as soon as you get back from one walk you are picking out another one to try.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Barratt on 31 Dec 2009
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This is my third sussex walking guide, purchased after reading a handful of glowing reviews and I must straight away say that it completely lives up to the hype. This book really is excellent.

As you walk, following clear, precise directions Martin provides little nuggets of information between each waypoint to further enhance your walk.

I have now completed 4 of the walks closest to Worthing and can't wait to go a little further afield to try more of the walks. Aimed at the keen walker as the majority of the walks are 6-10 miles, with short and long walk options adding flexibility.

The timings given to each waypoint are very good, only needing adjustment in the worst of conditions, and they really help to keep you on track.

My other guides now live on the bookshelf collecting dust while looking on enviously every time I reach for Walk the South Downs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Young on 21 Mar 2009
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I've just returned from my first walk from this book - Walk 1 (of course!). This is by far the best walking guide I've ever used. The directions were spot-on, with useful useful waypoints, like the inscription on a bench marking a left-hand turn. The spiral binding works really well too, and the OS map reprint is identical to the 1:25000 OS Explorer map - with the addition of the waypoints very accurately marked.

The walk itself was beautiful, and didn't just stick to the well-trodden, busy routes - again another mark of a really good walking book.

Just waiting for my new GPS to arrive, then I can try out the GPS waypoints included at the end of the book.
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