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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but could be better, 6 Oct 2012
This review is from: Coast to Coast Path: St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay planning, places to stay, places to eat (Trailblazer British Walking Guide) (Trailblazer Guide) (Paperback)
Trailblazer's Coast to Coast is the book to have judging by my time on the C2C in July 2012. It works subject to you not going off route and is by far the most popular guide book amongst C2Cers.
It appears to pack a lot of information into a pocketable size book but it is not without problems. The gps waypoints are really an aside, just a nod to isolated points a long way from each other. Loading these into a gps route for the day could get you into trouble more often than get you out of it. If you want to use gps' pin point navigational accuracy then look on the web for a complete set of waypoints, Viewranger have the whole route in day by day detail and there are other sites with the gps info that will help you.
Also the sketch maps while initially looking good are only useful if you are on the correct route. You don't need to go far off the defined route, say fifty metres, to be off these maps and then you could be really lost where the book is no use at all. It is essential that you have mapping that covers the areas either side of the route, then you can find your way back onto the correct route.
Each Stage/Day route directions seem very sketchy at times, being broken up between other information about places along the route is quite frustrating, and it seems the author expects you to navigate by the hand drawn sketch maps; this works most of the time but not all of the time.
Imho you will probably buy this book because it looks good value and has a lot of reviews but also take sections of OS maps but best of all is a gps preloaded with all the key waypoints for each days walking. If you want to navigate the C2C without unnecessary stress then look to Viewranger, Walking World, Trailzilla and the many more online gps resources for an accurate route, then load it into your gps or phone and you'll confidently navigate the whole route.
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Initial post: 27 Dec 2013 14:48:46 GMT
MJT66 says:
This is a really constructive and informed review. Rather than just critique the book and suggest readers "look elsewhere" you have given really important alternatives which, quite frankly, could be the difference between someone navigating C2C successfully or getting into deep problems en route. Thank you very much!
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