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Coast to Coast Walk: Recreational Path Guide Paperback – 3 Mar 2016
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'Packed with colour photographs, detailed information and anecdotes as well as route directions, all in a very readable style. The text includes highlighted references to points featured in the OS maps, which makes it easy to link the two and provides plenty of detail.'(Footsteps)
A practical companion fit for any keen rambler(The Westmorland Gazette)
About the Author
MARTIN WAINWRIGHT is the Guardian’s Northern Editor and author of Aurum’s successful A Mini Adventure: 50 Years of the Iconic Small Car and Morris Minor: A Biography. He is well-known for writing on northern and countryside topics including a biography of walking pioneer, Alfred Wainwright (no relation), and The Coast-to-Coast Walk, a guide to one of the UK’s most popular long distance trails, also published by Aurum.
Martin Wainwright is also the editor of A Lifetime in Mountains and A Gleaming Landscape: A Hundred Years of the Guardian’s Country Diary. He was awarded an MBE in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to the National Lottery Charities Board in Yorkshire and Humberside and lives in Leeds.
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Top Customer Reviews
The last couple of days I just used the book and it was easy to follow with clear maps.
My only thoughts are it would have been useful to have mile tags on the map/route and a cumulative milage on the section milage page and at the start of each section summary description.
The one thing with any guide like this is it is like looking in a tunnel as you loose the perspective of the wider map.
Glad I purchased it.
The walks are broken down into manageable "days", but written in a way that you could equally break the walks down differently should you think you could manage more (or less) a day. I especially like the anecdotal tales in each day's walk - and there are little hints that are very useful. You can't beat knowing that you're just passing the last cashpoint for a couple of days!
Unfortunately what it is not good at is guiding me along the C2C, particularly as the author describes his adventures in mid winter when he describes the stepped trail up Lining Crag as 'they can become an impassable staircase of ice' and later refers to 'Grisedale Tarn . . was frozen'. Like everybody except the author I will be walking the C2C in Spring/Summer/Autumn and I expect the route to be described for these 'non frozen' conditions.
Surely the first objective of a C2C book is to accurately describe the route. While Stedman provides detailed sketch maps of every stage - good unless you stray off the route when you will need a seperate map to get back on the C2C - Wainright's descriptions seem rather vague; not once does he quote a compass direction eg NE anywhere along the route, there no timings you would be able to judge your progress against, no distances except for the full day's stage, and no gps waypoints. How a book published in 2012 can have missed so many factors that are important to accurately navigating the C2C for users like myself seems almost criminal.
This book's one saving grace is in licencing the OS 25k mapping. My advice is take these pages out of the book and use the map sections with the Stedman book which itself is not perfect but is so much better than Martin Wainright's.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter found this very useful when she walked the coast to coast path.Published 7 months ago by Mr N Leyland
Walked the western half of the c2c path this June. We had two OS maps with us as well as this guide. On the walk though, the guide was all we needed in our hands. Read morePublished 24 months ago by dr ian
This book is fine as a read at home introduction for anyone thinking of giving the C2C a go but I wouldn't recommend it as a guide.Published on 12 Oct. 2014 by L. J. Davis
This book is only useful if you have completed the Coast to Coast before. If you are undertaking the Coast to Coast for the first time, I would advise you against purchasing this... Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 2014 by Alex Royston
Fabulous guide book. Superb illustrations and excellent content. Great delivery.Published on 14 Aug. 2014 by SFD51
I made the mistake of buying this - as the other reviews have said: don't get this book if you want it for a guide while you do the walk. Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2014 by EC, Walthamstow
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