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Cotswold Way: National Trail Guide (National Trail Guides) Paperback – 1 Apr 2012
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About the Author
ANTHONY BURTON is the author of a number of books in the National Trail Guides series for Aurum, including The West Highland Way, Hadrian’s Wall Path, The Cotswold Way and The Ridgeway, as well as a biography of Richard Trevithick and Thomas Telford and numerous other works of industrial history. He lives in Stroud.
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Top Customer Reviews
However you wish to do the walk this little book is excellent. It was in my hand for the entire trip. I did get lost a couple of times but that was purely down to me being an idiot. The book is simple to follow for any map reader with the trail clearly marked. There is also an accompanying text which gives you interesting facts about the places you pass through. If you are thinking of deviating from the route to cut out a certain section, then a more detailed map might also be useful. Beware of the areas around Cleeve Common and Coopers Hill where I managed to get lost.
The area is extremely beautiful and the route has breathtaking views throughout. Although I have seen many places around the world this seemed to be the most authentic journey I have ever undertaken. It felt like I was following in the footsteps of Daniel Defoe. A true traveller at last and not the eternal tourist. A friend joined us on the last day and a half.Read more ›
The guide has an excellent introduction, with lots of nice (and useful) information on the area and it's history. I'm quite familiar with the Chipping Campden end of the Cotswolds but still found everything it had to say about the local villages and scenery interesting to read, with many bits and pieces I wasn't aware of.
Onto the business end of the guide... I can only say good things here, as the guide was an excellent partner (and on many occasions, instructor) to our walk (on a personal note, this was one of the finest walks I have undertaken to date, with absolutely spectacular scenery). We found it extremely useful that the guide points out landmarks and points of interest along the route, which we may have missed - or at least not realised the significance of - without it.
The best thing I can say to sum up how useful the book was, is that the only time we were remotely lost, was due to user error, rather than a fault of the book (sorry about that... yes, it was my fault!).
Great guide. Great price.
that makes it easy to follow the Way. There is much additional interesting information to enhance the experience of walking the Way.
It contains OS map coverage of the entire route (split into route sections on seperate pages all with high detail explanations) that include the 'traditional' route and some alternatives that you may want to take. I found it particularly useful the way they split it up into sections as it gave me a starting point for planning my route and advice on tricky bits.
In the end I didn't even take a map of the walk - just this book and some maps I had printed of on Google of my daily sections (incase I needed to 'escape' to a road somewhere) and my geocaching kit.
The way is very well signposted and a couple of times I did go wrong I worked it out by consulting the gradient lines on the OS maps in the book (i.e I was going down and should have been going up!)
One thing this book doesn't contain is a lot of information on accomodation, you will have to do some digging around in other books/online - especially if you're planning on camping!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
also 3,5 star. It is not better then "Cotswold way" of Tricia & Bob HaynePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It wasn't clear to me when I bought the book that the route is only described from north (Chipping Camden) to south (Bath). Read morePublished 6 months ago by MR DENIS G CRAMPTON
The description in the book was very good, unfortunately the mileage was incorrect 3 miles out on average on every sectionPublished 9 months ago by antony waite
An excellent book, have already followed two routes and found it very easy with the aid of the book, plus it adds interesting facts as you walk along.Published 10 months ago by Sue S
This very useful publication was used in conjunction with a 1:25000 map to walk the Cotswold way and could,in fact, have been used by itself. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sibejo
Amazing book.. made are trip so much easier and got to see all the sites along the way to thanks to this book you will miss nothing and never get lost.. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ben Hanman
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