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The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs [Kindle Edition]

Tristan Gooley
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BBC Countryfile Magazine Country Book of the Year

'Even the intrepid Bear Grylls could learn a trick or two from this book' The Times

The ultimate guide to what the land, sun, moon, stars, trees, plants, animals, sky and clouds can reveal - when you know what to look for.

Includes over 850 outdoor clues and signs.

This top ten bestseller is the result of Tristan Gooley's two decades of pioneering outdoors experience and six years of instructing, researching and writing. It includes lots of outdoor clues and signs that will not be found in any other book in the world.

As well as the most comprehensive guide to natural navigation for walkers ever compiled, it also contains clues for weather forecasting, tracking, city walks, coast walks, night walks and dozens of other areas.

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In terms of sheer did-you-knows per page it is one of the richest, densest, most rewarding books on nature I have read in a long time...its joy in deduction is infectiously delightful. (James McConnachie Sunday Times)

Learning so much in The Walker's Guide, the new book from Tristan Gooley, that I might have to take another long walk ... (Nicholas Crane)

I for one will never look at the British countryside in quite the same way again. (Stephen Moss Countryfile Magazine)

Gooley can show the most moonstruck how to interpret their surroundings. Even the intrepid Bear Grylls could learn a trick or two from this book. (The Times)

Anyone interested in walking out of doors at any time would be well advised to read this excellent book. (The Royal Institute of Navigation)

As with his earlier, equally important The Natural Navigator , this text is densely packed with information, engagingly and clearly written ... Every outdoor-lover should have at least one Tristan Gooley book in their library. He's attained national treasure status, as useful and educative as he is endearingly unique. (Jim Perrin The Great Outdoors magazine)

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THE WALKER'S GUIDE to the outdoor clues and signs, their meaning and the art of making predictions and deductions offers the chance to turn every walk into a rewarding game of detection.

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Tristan Gooley is a writer, navigator and explorer. He has led expeditions on five continents, spent time with the Tuareg, Bedouin and Dayak in some of the remotest places on Earth and pioneered a renaissance in the rare art of natural navigation.

Tristan is the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed single-handed across the Atlantic. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Institute of Navigation and Vice Chairman of the UK's largest independent travel company, Trailfinders. He lives in West Sussex.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs 24 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This morning, looking west in Sainsbury's car park I saw a rainbow and exulted as I recognised the 42 degrees and antisolar point. 42 degrees is just over four extended fists widths according to Mr Gooley, so imagine the humorous looks I received from early morning shoppers as I made Dalek-at-a-funk-disco arm movements to calculate the angle!

A crack in the sky displayed picture-postcard beams of light across a bright-green grass hill in the distance while a modest sleepy group of travellers head for the entrance in a bid to start the bank holiday before anyone else.

Turning to my wife I said "It's going to rain, take your time" and I grabbed my copy of "The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs" opened the car window a tad and began reading with anticipation.

It wasn't long before light taps on the car roof and windscreen grew into a throng of pouring rain. With a smug-know-it-all grin on my face I watched as roof-racked car owners struggled with tarpaulins and the faces of grumpy young children contorted as they squashed their noses up against the glass clearly not jubilant at the prospect of a day in the car rather than on the beach.

Had I been twenty years younger, I too would be packing the car and preparing for a sodden day at the beach so truly I feel for the people in my morning’s entertainment. Twenty years ago navigation on land, sea and the air was an important part of my business and I had become so dependent on technology that looking at a cloud, flower or even cows in a field to tell direction or pending weather would have been a ridiculous idea.

The problem with technology is it leaves no puzzles unsolved so why look anywhere else?
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
I'm quite a few chapters in already and can see this is a great source of "I didn't know that... or that.". Tristan's collected together so many facts and anecdotes about the landscape in which we live and walk that you'll never be far from learning something new or adding to your own collection of facts to share when out walking.

Reading this book is like looking at the stars with a telescope for the first time or even cleaning dirty glasses - you see so much more and in greater clarity too.

While, hopefully, we'll never need some of the clues he presents in order to make life or death decisions, we will all gain a richness and deeper understanding from being able to see in the landscape a myriad of stories recorded in tracks or subtle changes or oddities or the unexpected.

I thoroughly recommend this book - your walks outdoors will never be the same again and you'll become the most sort after walking companion or, depending on your friends, you may become the one people drift away from!

I'd guess this will make a great present for friends and family too.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A slow plod rather than fast walk. 15 Aug. 2014
By Gary W
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This book should be fascinating. I read about it in the Metro and thought must read it. But rather like a walk through thick overgrowth, this can be at times slow, sometimes lose the footpath and yet you keep going knowing there is always the chance to find something round the corner that stuns you. Tristan is a survivalist, if that is a word, able to get around without a map, compass or anything other than what nature supplies. And that is the fascination in this book. It even helped me find a rainbow recently. I knew there would be one, then I remembered what I had read about the sun, rain and rainbows. And yet there is something missing. Maybe I have not reached the Wow corner yet, but rather like a track where the fern has turned brown it is dry. There is something of the look how clever I am about the book. Adding personal anecdotes in should enliven rather than stall yet for some reason it does. I suspect this book will be a ramble rather than a stroll, will take a while to complete but when I do I suspect I will be grateful. And lets face it,if we know our trees we want to know what side the moss grows or what side has a thicker canopy, it is always useful to know which direction our weather comes from, or what flowers prefer dry to damp soil, it adds to our enjoyment around us, and this does that... Do read it, because I suspect like a canal footpath walk whilst some will admire the flowers on the river bank so others will enjoy the sight of a former factory falling into disrepair There will be something for everyone just not everything.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look at the world with new eyes 11 May 2014
I'm half way through and am just about to order two copies as presents - it is that good. Yesterday I was out for a walk and was spotting new things about trees that I'd passed hundreds of times, as explained by this book. Tristan's a bit like Sherlock - seeing details that others missed but this book shows how you can find them too. From using nettles as archaeological clues to finding north from moss and the stars to the geometry of rainbows - so much is covered. I've always been interested in this topic and kept my eyes on the sky and ground but still reading The Walker's Guide have learnt masses - and its all in a very readable form that you could rush through if you didn't want to absorb each idea.

A must read for anyone heading outdoors, whether by land or sea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you want to go outside and investigate
So much information, so many things to try out for yourself. I bought a copy for my parent and they also love it.
Published 3 days ago by K. Day
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Published 1 month ago by barbara izzard
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Published 1 month ago by EDB
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of practical methods and tips - Recommended
I really like this book. It is easy to read, full of practical methods and tips, sets out an organised approach for the walker to adopt and is fun to read too, with many real... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Martin Thomas
1.0 out of 5 stars Too few illustrations and those that were there were poor.
Not at all what I expected. Too few illustrations and those that were there were poor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 2 months ago by PETER FORMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent multitude of tips in navigation and observation in the natural world
Published 2 months ago by paul coleman
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version
Don't bother with the Kindle version - the formatting is all over the place.
Published 2 months ago by Peter Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars ... for my husband a very keen walker - he's enjoyed the book...
Purchased for my husband a very keen walker - he's enjoyed the book immensely.
Published 2 months ago by Lelly
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Gives you a whole new way of 'going for a walk'. I walk my dogs in the countryside every day and it's made me realise how much information I've absorbed over the years. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda Marie Salmon
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