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Circular Walks on Anglesey (Walks with History) Paperback – 1 May 1998
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22 circular walks highlighting Anglesey's natural beauty and heritage.
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A book of pros and cons.
First the pros :-
It's very nice to have so much historical information on each walk. The gossipy tone of the writing is delightful. And the walks takes the walker along less popular footpaths not covered by other walking books. So a new view on Anglesey.
Now for the 'cons'.
First - the line drawings of the maps are appalling. An Ordnance Survey map is essential. And it's essential to study it before the start of the walk as there are very few clues given as to the distance that needs to be covered before the next turning mentioned.
Second - I have a 2011 'revised' edition. The first edition was in 1998. 'Revised' it is not.
Examples from the first chapter (Beaumaris) :-
1) "Turn right past a pub, the Sailor's Return". What pub? Where? We had a choice of two houses that looked as if they may have been pubs in the distant past.
2) "Take the lane signposted to Henllys Hotel". No signpost. It may well have had a sign in 1998. But not in 2011 as it stopped being a hotel in the mid 2000s
4) "Follow the enclosed footpath". This is confusing as it's only enclosed for slightly over a yard from the lane to a kissing gate.
7) "Slant slightly right through bushes and trees to a stile". No. You slant slightly left to go over a stile and then walk through a golf course that has been there for many years. There is now a green where the path used to be in the past.
8) "Descend the fields to a stile and lane by the Almshouses". Lane? Lane? This is a busy main road that connects Beaumaris to inland Anglesey.
10) " Keep ahead, bearing slightly left downhill". If you do that you will get bogged down (in a bog!). This path was upgraded to the Anglesey Coastal Path several years ago and it now heads slightly uphill to avoid the lower soggy and very muddy ground.
We expect much tut tutting (and pondering on the right direction to take) for the rest of the walks!
In a book sold as a 'revised edition' what exactly does the word 'revised' mean? It certainly doesn't seem to mean 'updated'.
Now completed all the walks in this book. Not a single walk was as written. In a way it has been fascinating seeing the changes that have happened over the years. Shame to see so many pubs are no longer there. But on the other hand, delighted to see that some 'ruins' are no longer ruins. The first time we came across this we spent ages looking for a ruin that we needed to 'turn to the right' after passing it. We were just deciding we must be lost when we realised that the rather nice house with two cars parked next to it was the 'ruin'.
We have really enjoyed this book. Even when we got lost because of the changes in the routes. I have changed the previous rating of 3 stars to 4 stars.