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A guide to walking in Scotland.
on 30 October 2010
This is an extensive guide to walking in Scotland. The book is not massive, but you would not want to take it up a mountain either. It is quite thick. 557 pages of walking and information on walking in Scotland.
All of Scotland is covered.
If you have an area you want to walk in, it is colour coded and paged.
If you have a hill or mountain you want to walk up or climb, look it up in the index, find the page, and read about it.
Chris details different ways of walking them, he also tells us the time taken and the total assent. There are also maps of many areas.
The book is broken down into sections.
Practicalities. When to go, weather, getting there, getting around, accommodation, maps and guidebooks, equipment for hill walkers.
The Mountains, Topography, history, names, national parks, activities, long distance, rock climbing, ski touring, avalanches, mountain rescue, access, wild camping, fires, sanitation, plant and wildlife.
Chapter 1, The Southern Uplands.
Chapter 2, The Southern Highlands.
3, The Central Highlands.
4, The Cairngorms.
5, The Western Highlands.
6, The Northern Highlands.
7, The Islands. Arran, Jurra, Mull, Rum, Skye, Harris,South Uist,
All have access, bases, maps and guides.
There is then an Appendix, which includes all the Monroes and Corbets.
So let's say I wanted to walk up Ben MacDui. I look it up in the index. There are several references, but pages 280 onwards look good, so off we go. Page 281, 4.9, the Ben MacDui and Cairngorm Plateau. we are told where it is. A little history lesson. Did you know it is the biggest area of sub arctic tundra like terrain in Scotland? We are told who measured the height of it and when it was first climbed. We are warned about the terrain and white outs. We are given route ideas and time taken. There is also a limited amount of climbing info, but it is a walking book, after all. But it would be enough to get you going. But someone else can do that, I will stick to the walking. Shame I am a few miles away.
I ordered this book as soon as it was out. The price on Amazon is a great bonus.
I highly recommend it to anyone thinking about walking in Scotland or who enjoys reading Chris' books. A valuable addition to any book shelf.