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on 22 March 2013
This is one of the only books on walking in Malta so it's worth having - but it certainly has its flaws, so I strongly recommend you read the following info that for us is now being "wise in hindsight". First off is that the maps in the book usually don't have the detail you need for walking, and even with the written instructions it is often very difficult to sure you're going in the right direction.

You absolutely MUST get the Maltese Planning Authority map (mentioned on page 30) as it's the only good 1:25,000 map with contours. The maps in the book are from this, but often they are reduced down and you usually need a wider area than shown to get your bearings from the contours of the landscape. However, getting that map is very tricky - as you can only get it from the official planning authority office (MEPA) which is impossible to find from the details given in the book. To find it, leave the main bus terminus roundabout in the direction of the War Memorial then walk along Triq Sant' Anna passing and leaving behind all the shops and arcades before taking a road leaving off diagonally left after passing a chicken shop and open paved area on your left. This road is un-named (even on internet mapping services, though MEPA is marked on Google Maps), and you will find MEPA on your right after 150m. Be aware that it closes at noon each day and long queues are to be expected. We never got this map (we were too late on the day we wasted trying to buy it), so plan ahead to make sure you get this map at the start of your holiday, as it's not available anywhere else.

As for the walks themselves, we can only comment on the few we did (we had a one-week holiday and we lost one day trying to buy the map). Walk 11 is a great, varied coastal walk with few flaws in the book though at times you need to spend time working out the route. Walk 19 is an interesting river valley walk, but we wasted over an hour trying to find the bus stop to start from as the bus route has changed (and an unhelpful bus driver didn't tell us that his bus no longer served that stop) - eventually we got off at Mdina bus terminus and asked for directions to Busugrilla (the supposed starting point, a half-hour walk, mainly downhill).

Walk 8 is far more challenging than the book suggests, and at times was quite dangerous (the book mentions this in a side note but not in the text of the walk). Nevertheless it was rewarding if you are prepared to scramble over huge, sharp boulders, pass through caverns and walk along narrow, unstable paths with long drops alongside.

Walk 13 is short but interesting and is the only walk with info marked on the way, thanks to some local enthusiasts and schools. Walk 1 should have been simple - but there was a lot of work going on in Valetta and they have removed the footbridge mentioned near the start of the walk - so go through the city gate from the bus terminus, take the first left road and then turn left to walk uphill to the city walls and continue along with the instructions (which vary slightly even after that, but following battlements is usually simple enough to do). Walk 17 was bleak and, frankly, mainly dull (though the book did hint at this) - we chose it because it was our last day and we didn't want to risk a bus re-routing nightmare again.

Is the book worth buying? Absolutely - it's a must-buy. But buy the MEPA map first and double-check that the start and finish bus stops are on the bus route quoted in the book, as routes are bound to change over time (this was the 2012 edition - make sure you buy the latest). We will definitely use the book again next time we go (and we will also try the "Malta, Gozo and Comino: Car Tours and Walks" book from Sunflower Books) as it offers a rare opportunity to explore rural Malta. In Feb 2013 the cost of a one-week unlimited bus ticket for the island was 12 Euros per person, which is a true bargain.
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on 10 October 2015
We tried a few of the walks whilst on holiday.Firstly some of the places where the walk starts are remote built up villages and its not clear and very dis-orientating which stop to get off.Secondly the coastal walks start ok but then once the roads run into dirt tracks you have to pick your way through a minefield of rough walls with private property signs all over the place and its very worrying to know which tracks are public,if you have right of way or not and in most cases have to back track. I was with my wife and she became very uneasy which is very unusual.Thirdly the walks are to long even for an experienced walker without shade and in 30+ deg heat in a baron rocky terrain.We have used other walking guides abroad before and found them easy to use unfortunately this one was'nt.
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on 4 February 2013
This book has made all the difference to our Malta walking holiday, somme of the walks were quite difficuld and this book helped a lot . Spot on . Thanks
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on 2 December 2014
Very good selection of walks covering the most interesting and beautiful parts of the island, even if some of the routes were marred by appalling fly-tipping. Directions easy to follow and bus route numbers (vital for the linear routes) up to date. Overall distances given, but little indication of distances or timings en route.
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on 27 March 2015
Certainly was a very useful addition on my second walking holiday to Malta & Gozo.
Good, clear directions & very useful mapping.
Only departed from the straight & narrow when I omitted to read instructions carefully.
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on 8 February 2014
Since buying the book I have only been to Gozo and did not have the time to really try out these walks - did parts of them and the background info was useful too.
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on 6 March 2016
Its got some good ideas for walks going out at easter to Malta so hopefully will have a good Holiday and this guide will be a good companion
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on 3 September 2014
Excellent little book, good walk instructions with additional history notes. Very pleased x
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on 15 October 2015
Great book! that's all I have to say.
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on 19 October 2014
Good clear and interesting guide.
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