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Poor maps, disjointed guide,
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This review is from: Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees (Cicerone Guides) (Vinyl Bound)
I received this guidebook with high expectations. However, it is next to useless.
The book contains descriptions of many walks, but no maps actually showing the routes. I find that incredible for a walking book. All you get is a general map of the various areas, with just numbers showing the area of each walk - no actual line showing the walk at all.
Then the walks themselves - clearly some are intended to join up with other walks, but there is nothing indicating how this happens, so you have to read all the detail, work out where the walks go, and finally see which ones join up.
All in all, thoroughly disappointing. We just wanted some walks to do for a couple of days we are spending in the Pyrenees.
I am now going to find another walking book of the area, and hopefully find one which does include maps of the routes.
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Initial post: 20 Jan 2015 15:21:20 GMT
The author specifically states that maps in the book are for information only, not for use while walking, and advises you to buy official detailed maps (Rando, IGN, etc.) for navigation.
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Last edited by the author on 29 Jan 2015 14:42:54 GMT
Jez Kenyon says:
Unfortunately you don't know that until you have bought the book and it is not in the Amazon description.
Every other walk guide I have, even going back decades, has at least a line on a map showing the route. Modern ones can be very detailed and you could walk from them for most day walks.
This is the 5th edition, from 2008, and I know its just my opinion, but I think it should include maps. Its a very basic thing for a walk guide... I know it wouldn't be practical to just nip over there and walk the routes again - but with the maps it should be easy to give at least a hand sketch of the route.
Still, apparently its how Cicerone guides are (mental note to avoid them) and relative to other Pyrenees guides its a comprehensive guide (apart from maps), so I have upped the review to 3*.
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