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Walking with Offa [Kindle Edition]

Julia R Merrifield , Julia May
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Book Description

Ever heard of a bloke called Offa? King of Mercia, he instigated the building of a defensive dyke. 12 centuries later a long distance path was laid out, roughly following the line of Offa’s Dyke, and thirty years later still two friends set out to walk it.
How difficult could it be, walking from one end of Wales to the other? Loaded down with maps, guide books and global positioning systems they were soon to find out and only 5 minutes after leaving Chepstow were monumentally lost! Soon they were enjoying the scenery, watching the wildlife and overdosing on dried apricots. Staying in haunted English castles and heavenly Welsh guest houses they made their way north.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 631 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Julia R May (22 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006CQUP6K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #284,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hello
My real name is Julia R May and I have nine ebooks for sale through Kindle: My Feet and Other Animals; Walking Pembrokeshire with a Fruitcake; Walking with Offa; Pedals, Panniers and Punctures; Walking with Hadrian; I've Cycled Through There; Cycling Across England; Cycles and Sandcastles; and The Low Cost Diet Book. The first four of these books were written under the pen name of Julia R Merrifield.
Some of the ebooks are all about my antics walking Britain's most spectacularly scenic long distance footpaths, namely the South West Coast Path, Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Hadrian's Wall Path and Offa's Dyke Path.
Four of the ebooks, as the titles imply, are about cycle rides. Pedals, Panniers and Punctures is not just any Sunday trip out on two wheels but the ultimate British cycle challenge - Land's End to John O'Groats. It is a journey from the extreme south west to the extreme north east of the British mainland. Unusually I did the trip on my own with no backup and following a longer, scenic way using many National Cycle Network routes. The entire trip lasted 3 weeks and took in 1455 miles.
I've Cycled Through There is about a journey home through the heart of England from Bath to London and on to Lancashire.
Cycling Across England is actually about the first long distance cycle ride I ever did. It is about cycling the classic Sea to Sea (C2C) cycle ride from the Irish Sea in the west to the North Sea on the east coast.
Cycles and Sandcastles is all about the classic Coast and Castles cycle route from Newcastle to Edinburgh.
The Low Cost Diet Book is a tongue in cheek break from my normal genre and contains tips, ideas and recipes for losing weight on the cheap.
In real life I am a senior science and engineering technician in an FE College in Lancashire, and I am also a First Aid trainer and assessor.
As you've probably guessed my main interests are walking and cycling. And if you've read any of my ebooks you'll also know my other interest is eating.
In case you're wondering "why the pen name?" it's not something I consciously set out to do. Lots of things have changed since I walked and cycled my way through my thirties. When I wrote the first four books I was married and used my married name. I've since divorced (and I can recommend a decree absolute as a great cure for PMT, amongst other things) and reverted to my maiden name. All four books were originally published in CD ROM format and so it has been easier to edit them as ebooks keeping the author name but adding my new/old/original name as the editor. So if you search for me under either Merrifield or May you'll come up with my ebooks.
Any books in the pipeline? Ideas in mind? Well a few. I've an idea for a collection of sayings by the older generation and am currently compiling a list of their pearls of wisdom. And last on the 'to do' list is a compilation of amusing first aid stories.
If you've bought any of my ebooks then thank you and if not, go on give 'em a try!
You can find me on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/JuliaRMayBooksOnKindle

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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect antidote to the 21st century 28 Aug. 2014
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I should hate this book. I hate Facebook because it is full of inane wittering about mundane things and 'Walking with Offa' is from cover to cover a story of the mundane:stepping in sheep poo and the sulphur content of apricots are two major themes.

I only bought my kindle copy because I'd just finished reading a brief and fairly unsatisfactory history of King Offa and thought Julia Merrifield might be offering new insights, she does not. Julia seems to think there was a historical figure called King Arthur and that he lived happily (probably in a comfortable semi-detached castle) in Llangollen. She certainly does not question the somewhat improbable concept that the dyke was built as a barrier to keep the Welsh out of England (neither country existed at the time of Offa and the Mercians certainly did not have the manpower to defend a 177 mile ditch which occasionally looks designed to defend from the west and occasionally from the east but which never had any form of palisade).

So why did I end up liking this book so much? It is not because it would serve as some sort of travel guide, despite the detailed descriptions of the perils and pitstops of the path and the even more detailed descriptions of hostels and B&Bs this would not be my first reference in planning a trip (more practical guide books do exist). I love this book because you just cannot help but love Julia and her friend Chris. As you can tell I now feel I am on first name terms with these two ladies whom I will never meet. The story is so intimate and free from any guile that I found myself smiling almost continuously as I read.

To describe the book as genteel is like describing the arctic as icy or the Sahara as sandy. I was transported from the complexity and competitiveness of the modern world to a new and far more pleasant place, a place where it is actually easy to believe in King Arthur and his knights and to even believe they would have been jolly nice chaps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Offa would have been amused; I certainly was 23 Feb. 2014
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Julia certainly knows how to lay out an entertaining and interesting travelogue and this book is no exception. Until you have walked or cycled for a week or more you really don't appreciate how important the whole experience is from route, planning to experiencing the local history and wildlife, the ups and downs of each day and the ultimate of unknowns - what will the next B&B be like!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 Aug. 2014
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A brilliant book
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect antidote to the 21st century 28 Aug. 2014
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I should hate this book. I hate Facebook because it is full of inane wittering about mundane things and 'Walking with Offa' is from cover to cover a story of the mundane:stepping in sheep poo and the sulfur content of apricots are two major themes.

I only bought my kindle copy because I'd just finished reading a brief and fairly unsatisfactory history of King Offa and thought Julia Merrifield might be offering new insights, she does not. Julia seems to think there was a historical figure called King Arthur and that he lived happily (probably in a comfortable semi-detached castle) in the small Welsh town of Llangollen. She certainly does not question the somewhat improbable concept that the dyke was built as a barrier to keep the Welsh out of England (neither country existed at the time of Offa and the Mercians certainly did not have the manpower to defend a 177 mile ditch which occasionally looks designed to defend from the west and occasionally from the east but which never had any form of palisade).

So why did I end up liking this book so much? It is not because it would serve as some sort of travel guide, despite the detailed descriptions of the perils and pit-stops of the path and the even more detailed descriptions of hostels this would not be my first reference in planning a trip (more practical guide books do exist). I love this book because you just cannot help but love Julia and her friend Chris. As you can tell I now feel I am on first name terms with these two ladies whom I will never meet. The story is so intimate and free from any guile that I found myself smiling almost continuously as I read.

To describe the book as genteel is like describing the arctic as icy or the Sahara as sandy. I was transported from the complexity and competitiveness of the modern world to a new and far more pleasant place, a place where it is actually easy to believe in King Arthur and his knights and to even believe they would have been jolly nice chaps.
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