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Wild Guide: Devon, Cornwall and South West (Wild Guides) [Paperback]

Daniel Start , Tania Pascoe , Joanna Keeling
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 May 2013 Wild Guides
This compendium of adventures features the best wild places to visit in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset, with luscious places to eat and stay and ideas for weekend itineraries. The best secret beaches and wild swimming locations Amazing ancient woodlands and wildlife spectacles Top picnic places and wild flower meadows Lost ruins, hidden castles and sacred stones Caverns, caves, grottoes and follies Sunset hillforts, night walks and campfire camping Treehouses, yurts and gypsy caravans Best artisanal food, seasonal eating and traditional pubs Featuring stunning photos and engaging travel writing, this is the perfect book for those seeking new adventures with the family, or dreaming up the ultimate romantic weekend escape.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Things Publishing Ltd (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957157320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957157323
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 17.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reviews for Wild Swimming, by the same authors: ;Excellent...This is an essential guide for anyone planning a dreamy summer of camping, picnics and swimming.; The Daily Telegraph, 15th June 2008 ;Smash-hit guidebook; The Times, 28th November 2009 ;..plenty of inspiration but also includes gird references, guidebook boxes and clear, third person, no-nonsense information. It also tells you how to build a riverside sauna, and I can't imagine anything more perfect than that. Sunday Times, Culture, 29th June 2008 "Passionate and practical; Daily Telegraph, 8th August 2008 ;A grown up guide to skinny dipping... ideas for a perfect summer day out.; The Times, 29th March 2008 ;A book of wonderful things to do in Britain's rivers, lakes and waterfalls, including swimming with otters, discovering underground caves and even searching for gold; National Trust Magazine, Summer 2008 ;Frankly marvelous - breathless and beautifully photographed; Venue Magazine, 13th June 2008 ; - full of legendary and literary references, tantalising photography and practical advice, right down to how to build a sweat lodge.; The Spark, Summer 2008 --Sunday Times

About the Author

Daniel Start is an award-winning travel writer and photographer. He is the author of best-selling Wild Swimming and Wild Swimming Coast. Tania Pascoe is a West Country expert, sustainability consultant and local food critique, based in Somerset. Joanna Tinsley was countryside editor of BBC Countryfile magazine and is now editor of lifestyle magazine Pretty Nostalgic.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get set for more fun adventures 19 May 2013
If you have any of Daniel Start's other books: Wild Swimming, Wild Swimming Coast, ..... France etc., then you will be over the moon with this one. In the same style as those others, the area is broken down into regions, with a location map, GPS coordinates (and a British Grid conversion at the back of the book for those of us who think folding out a paper map is an essential part of the adventure experience). Then each region has headings such as secret beaches, food, sunset hilltops, accommodation, sacred and ancient etc. each with the necessary info about how to get there who to contact and some well researched little gems of local information. This is a first class guide for anyone who wants something different from a day out (or weekend, or longer) and not only does it cover interests you may already have but you will find yourself going, 'oooh, I fancy trying that out'. Hence, I now have a very long list of new things to see and do.

Again, the quality of the photos, as in all of Daniel's publications is first class. I've been to a lot of the places in the book, I've taken lots of photos but Daniel somehow has a way of taking a photo that leaves me thinking 'why didn't I see it like that?'.

And the book itself seems designed for adventure: compact, with large in-folded cover sleeves for use as page markers, and the covers are coated giving the feel that they are both highly durable and water resistant. I certainly plan to thoroughly test out that durability.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! 24 May 2013
By Doyler
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Got this book today and have studied some interesting places already. The authors have certainly done their research and home work resulting in a very informative and pleasurable book. I am already planning a few away road trips over the coming weeks. The attention to detail and directions etc is first hand. Accompanied by some beautiful photographs you cannot fail to absorb the atmosphere and feel yourself getting excited as you browse. A definite book for anyone who loves wild places, swimming, walking and camping. Thoroughly recommend this book. Worth every penny.
Will further update when visited planned locations.
Cheers Guys!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 11 Aug 2013
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Just got back from a three week dawdle around the south west - we didn't book anywhere in advance and used this book to eat, camp and plan days out...easily the best holiday i have had in the UK. Buy it :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chock full of interesting stuff 16 July 2013
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Used it only a couple of times, but it's come up trumps so far. I think it's going to become a habit that before we head out somewhere, we check the book first for advice.

So, highly recommended, although try not to feel pressured by all the pictures of naked swimming/jumping/canoeing. If you want to keep your kecks on, that's cool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A brilliant guide to places off the beaten track with easy to follow routes.lovely photography,and a handy size for the rucksack.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit mean on details 15 Mar 2014
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Intended for a camping week in May, I was a little disappointed with this book. Each location is given just a few words and doesn't really say anything except where it is and if it's a beach, cave, relic etc. Not very informative in other words.
The layout is also bad......each photograph is numbered, but the description associated with the photo is invariably on a different page, so you have to turn back or forward to find the text.....very annoying.
I'll take it with me on the trip, but I suspect that a OS map and local knowledge will serve me better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 April 2014
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The book arrived the next day after ordering. I used this book for our Cornwall trip over Easter, it was very useful and we visited many places. I would reccomend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual 7 Mar 2014
By ClaireD
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Lovely book if you're looking for more out of the way and unusual things to do. Locations in there that you would be very unlikely to find on your own. Lovely book to just browse as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Very brief details but the pictures are ...
Great book. Very brief details but the pictures are what will draw you to a place and there is a good selection of these. I could plan years worth of weekend treats from this book.
Published 14 days ago by David Trist
5.0 out of 5 stars The only guide book I needed
I don't often bother to write reviews but have just come back from a month on the road in my campervan and this book has been my absolute bible. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Lunasea art
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No problem
Published 17 days ago by Dawn H
5.0 out of 5 stars A big book of inspiration
This book is the one we take out and read to inspire us on where to go. The secret hidden gems that memories are made of.
Published 1 month ago by Pebble
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
i love this series and will buy the new one as well (secret beaches). i would recommend this to anyone who wants to discove the South of England.
Published 2 months ago by valaki
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I love this book. Bought it last summer for campervan trip to North Devon and used again recently for trip to Cornwall. Read more
Published 3 months ago by charlotte biggin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book.
I asked for this for Christmas ( I'd borrowed a copy from the library and really wanted my own copy.) and am really looking forward to exploring all the places in it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Guide.
A very interesting guild to the South West. I have been out and found a couple of the locations already.
Published 6 months ago by Kelvin Bull
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present. Feedback good.
We bought this as a present and the recipients say they are very happy with it which might be out of politeness but, as they do a lot of walking in the area, we think not.
Published 6 months ago by W. Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
Bought this book for two different people as Christmas presents. They both loved it. Roll on the summer so that they can make full use of it.
Published 6 months ago by carol
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