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Be careful with the Kindle Version
on 15 October 2013
We bought this as we wanted an up to date book covering walks in Normandy. We visit regularly and know the landing beaches area well. The author clearly knows his subject and we felt the text added to our knowledge.
However, if you are planning to do the walks you need to know that they tend to be long several are 10 or 12 miles. Also the map for each walk is not easy to follow (very difficult on the Kindle, a little better in the paper version). An indication of where you are meant to go would help, such as a thicker line for the route. Also, on the map, the points of interest are numbered, but these numbers are not included in the text. Some of the directions are vague or misleading, e.g. 'walk down the beach for about a kilometre until you come to a path through the dunes'. In reality the path is right next to the first house you encounter, so why not say that? On another occasion it said to take a minor road, when it meant a footpath. Fortunately we always take a walking map, so we could work out where we were meant to be.
If you buy the Kindle version, you need to become adept at using bookmarks to navigate your way around. If you bookmark the page with the map on and also the one at the start of the walk, then you can switch between them as needed, but it's still quite a fiddle. We saw the paper version of this book on the ferry and it probably would be a bit easier to use - but at over twice the price and it's quite heavy for a long walk.
So, if they could improve the maps and Kindle usability this would be a very good guide. As it currently is, it's frustrating.