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5.0 out of 5 stars New guide book doesn't disappoint, 7 April 2013
This review is from: Canoe & Kayak Guide to North West England: 2nd edition of White Water Lake District (Paperback)
Author Stuart Miller has gone to great lengths to update his seminal guide book `White Water Lake District', first published in 2003. 368 detailed pages cover everything from chilled out touring rivers to high octane, high risk gorge descents.

The guide starts with a useful river map of the entire area, based on the Canoe & Kayak Map of Britain (also by Rivers Publishing). River grading is indicated by colour, making the map simple to use and great for trip planning.

The North West region has been split into eight areas. Each area is given its own section of the book and starts with a summary table of the rivers in the area. The tables include river grade, a three star indication of both white water and scenic quality, trip distance and an indication of the necessary water levels for an enjoyable paddle.

Each river description is accompanied by a detailed river map, showing significant rapids and obstacles, paths, pubs, parking spots and more. The river guides are as detailed as anyone might need, and include good visual and online gauge indicators, allowing paddlers to determine if there is too much, or too little water, to take them downstream. On some sections of river, public access may be actively discouraged - the guide flags up known access issues.

The river descriptions focus on features and obstacles, and leave out the anecdotal stories which some other river guides feature. Whilst it is interesting to know that so-and-so pinned a boat here, or that someone else came to a sticky end in an accident twenty years ago, river features can change dramatically and such stories are frequently more off-putting than useful.

The guide makes full use of colour throughout - with many mouth-watering photographs submitted by paddlers - so we're not just limited to the author's collection, or grainy prints from the 1970s.

An invaluable guide book for anyone looking to canoe or kayak on moving water in the Lakes and the North West.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST GUIDE BOOK AWARD !, 17 July 2014
This review is from: Canoe & Kayak Guide to North West England: 2nd edition of White Water Lake District (Paperback)
At the 2014 Lakeland Book of the Year Awards held on 15th July - Stuart Miller’s Canoe & Kayak Guide to N.W. England won the Striding Edge Award for Best Guidebook.

Stuart said he was delighted and surprised to win when he looked at the quality of the books he was up against. In their summing up, the judges commented that they were especially impressed with the quality of the maps and photos in Stuart’s book.

Pete Knowles, from Rivers Publishing commented that he believes that this is the first British Canoeing Guidebook ever to win a book award - a worthy credit to Stuart’s dedication and work. “This prestigious book award is an affirmation of what the specialist canoeing press have already said “this is the best quality UK paddling guide yet produced”.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide book, 16 Dec. 2014
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Excellent guide book, which provides concise by clear information on lots of NW runs; some we all know well and others that are on the list to do,when there's enough rain to bring them into condition. Stuart's local knowledge accumulated over many years makes this latest edition, of his earlier Lakes WW guidebook, a real must buy for anyone keen to explore rivers and becks in the Lakes and Lancashire. I particularly liked the 'key symbols', which provide a quick 'shorthand' guide to particular hazards, portages and other features of each river featured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative but concise guide-great book, 4 Oct. 2013
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Great description of each river including important features and levels at which to run, good summaries using a key format. Easy to read and concise. Would definitely recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Format, 20 April 2014
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Has all the information you need in a nice clear format. Easy to use and up to date. Good buy.
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