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on 13 March 2013
I do not often take the trouble to write a review of the books I have read. However, this book is written in a really refreshing, honest and well crafted way. If you are thinking about going to the Lakes or you are a frequent visitor, you would do well to get this book.

What I like so much in reading it, is that you feel that you are right there alongside the author. Tanya Oliver, clearly loves the Lake District and this love jumps from the pages. She describes her own experiences and her passion for the Lakes in a really lovely style. You can almost feel every step she takes in walking the Lakes.

Really superb!! If you love the great outdoors, this book is not to be missed. It's a real gem. Definitely not to be overlooked and worth finding. It will bring the Lakes to life before you visit from the comfort of your favourite readng chair.

Gerry Stevens
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VINE VOICEon 23 February 2013
Firstly, I love the Lake District. It's one of my favourite places of all and I've been going for years. I also love walking the fells and am aiming to complete all the Wainwrights, but I've got some way to go yet!

I admit, the real reason I bought this book was that I was curious. Curious to see what would be written and how and why the high heels were part of that. Also, because I love the Lakes. So far, so good.

I do agree with the other reviewers that she's got real gumption and get up and go and has obviously made a life change, which is always brave and admirable. To complete all 214 Wainwrights in three years (whilst living in the South) is some achievement, and mostly alone is fantastic. So far, so "girl power".

It was a good read and I did enjoy the book, but I couldn't help feeling it was written in a very simplistic way; I found the excessive use of exclamation marks a little irritating and she came across, while likeable, as someone very young - a teenager almost, but this is a minor point.

I'm not a real girly girl into pink and bling and heels, but this was an interesting take on a "guide book" and I did like the angle she'd taken; that it's not all about technical clothing and looking inelegant, so good for her!
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on 27 November 2012
The subtitle of From High Heels to High Hills is: one woman walking the Lake District in her own style. This is exactly what this very engaging book offers. The author Tanya Oliver is determined to show that fell walking is not just for toughened walkers in North Face jackets and sturdy boots. You can like high heels, you can like the colour pink and you can still be a passionate and experienced fell walker.

The author is often amusing about her weakness for high heels and for pink but her greatest passion is for the Lake District - for its mountains and its tarns. She was taken there as a child and was initially a reluctant walker, but gradually the sublime beauty of the landscape got under her skin. She has walked all 214 of the Wainwrights. She describes her walks with a lot of humour and self-deprecation, but she is not afraid to become poetic about just how wonderful a good climb and a glorious view makes her feel. I like the way her personality comes through so strongly. The book is full of great photos too.

She writes in the introduction: "I am an ordinary walker and have no wish to be anything else. I simply love climbing mountains and I want to encourage others to do the same."
I think this book will definitely encourage others to start walking the Lake District.
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on 6 October 2014
...i think it would be a useful guide for anyone looking for inspiration on walking in the lakes. It did describe the terrain and difficulty of the walk including the views but unfortunately i didn't find the stories particularly interesting even though she seems quite a similar person to me. It wasn't really my sort of book.
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on 28 April 2013
Not the usual guide book, but something a little different. Written by someone who obviously loves the lakes. The descriptions of the walks with recommendations are excellent. Have used it for a couple of trips already. Check the locations with an OS map and you are ready to go. My good lady loves it.
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on 6 December 2012
A wonderful insight into one woman's world of walking in the Lake District. Humour and passion of beautiful walks, what to know and how to prepare for different climates. A very delightful read
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on 30 January 2013
Good inspired read, from a lady who made a drastic life decision and hasn't looked back. Truly inspiring for others, change into the unknown can be good!
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on 30 June 2014
Bought as a present for a friend, who found it really enjoyable & a relaxing read whilst on holiday. A girlie book.
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