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Hadrian's Wall Path: Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway (British Walking Guides) Planning, Places to Stay, Places to Eat Paperback – 15 Jun 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Trailblazer Publications; 3rd Revised edition edition (15 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190586437X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905864379
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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A wealth of interesting information
--Strider, December 2011

Recommended. --Country Walking, April 2010

Recommended. --Country Walking, April 2010

About the Author

Born in Chatham, Kent, Henry Stedman has been writing guidebooks for over fifteen years and is the author or co-author of ten titles, including Trailblazer s Kilimanjaro The Trekking Guide to Africa s Highest Mountain, Dolomites Trekking, Coast to Coast Path, Hadrian s Wall Path, co-authored with Joel Newton the South-West Coast Path series Parts 1 to 3: Exmoor & North Devon Coast Path, Cornwall Coast Path and Dorset & South Devon Coast Path. He's also written The Bradt Guide to Palestine and the Rough Guides to Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
When not travelling or writing, Henry lives in England editing other people s guidebooks, maintaining his Kilimanjaro website and arranging climbs on the mountain through his company, Climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

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I have to disagree with the previous review which said the sketches would annoy you. I can quite happily read a proper map but found no need to use one apart from identifying places seen more distant from the wall.

The maps are only sketches but give all the information you need to find you're way when the normally excellent signposting on the trail slips below its usual standard. As a bonus they also highlight any interesting features along or near the Wall.

The maps give rough timings between significant points on the route rather than distances, which is better as it takes into account the terrain you are covering rather than flat distance in miles, you soon get used to making minor adjustments for your own pace of walking.

I scanned all the maps from this book and expanded each onto A4 (easier on the eyes), put them into waterproof sleeves then carried these in a pocket to review when needed. I then left the book in the daypack unless I wanted some other information from it, or to preview the next days walk in the evening.

The only downside to the guide from my perspective was that it ran from East to West and I was walking the other way. On that note I found walking this way to be fine as the prevailing wind was from behind, making it less uncomfortable when the weather was more inclement. The walk into Newcastle while dull compared to the rest of the walk is more enjoyable than I expected for a city centre walk.
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Forget about buying OS and Explorer maps; this book has everything you need for walking the entire wall trail. I cannot understand why anyone would criticise it - unless they are the author of a rival guidebook!!

Perhaps I was a little sceptical of the hand-drawn maps initially (I'm fairly fluent with OS maps) but for this type of walk the sketches were invaluable and the OS maps stayed in the rucksack. The book gives "walking times from point-to-point" - these are accurate for average-speed walkers and easily adjusted according to your own pace. We found them much more reliable that mileage charts.

Buy this excellent book and you won't regret it for a moment.
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Another excellent guide by Henry Stedman having purchased his Kilimanjaro guide and booked a trip of a lifetime based on his info. Having read this one I would have no hesitation in recommending it.

Here the Hadrians Wall book has to cover many miles of walking. There are numerous maps that seem to be in great detail and cover the whole trail as well as providing an excellent background to the history of the wall and surrounding areas. We are due to do the walk in a few months time so I will only then get a better idea of how accurate things are.

If I were to have one minor comment on the book, it would have been great to have a detailed list or table of the B&B's along the route and their nearest towns to help me plan the trip on a daily distance basis are we are not driving between locations so this just took a little extra research. The info is in the book but is presented in the text or maps rather than a single table so it wasn't quite as easy to put together...
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This book was something of a lifesaver. The maps outlining the trail were indispensable on the occasionally poorly marked paths leaving the city. The list of restaurants/hotels kept us alive throughout the trip, and the phone numbers were still reliable. The website associated with the book is excellent too since they offer downloadable gps coordinates for all of the key locations listed. To ensure that you buy the book as well they don't tell you what the numbers mean online, only in the book. Essentially, this book told us how to do the trail and where to stop on the way. What this book isn't: a history of Hadrian's Wall. For that you have to go elsewhere. But it did exactly what I wanted it to do and survived the rain on the way. Well worth the money!
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If you take this guide with you to walk the length of the Hadrian's Wall Path you will need no other map or reference book. Very detailed and helpful maps, additional information written in a humerous manner.
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We walked the path this summer and took this and 2 other guides (cicerone and the trails guide). We began to call this the 'good book' because it had so much information in and we really enjoyed the hand drawn maps. They had handy hints on them like 'good spot for a rest' or 'great views looking east'. If you are just walking along the path it is well signposted anyway so you don't particularly need a fancy map. The little maps in this book had alot of the accommodation drawn on them so easy to find your beds for the night too.
As the week went on we began only using this book and even took it back with us on a repeat visit for the best bits.
If I was walking any other trails I would definitely take one of these series with me.
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This is an excellent book which provides everything that you need for the walk. The maps are well drawn and detailed and the book gives details of places to stop along the way as well as tips on how many miles to walk each day and things to see. It is well researched and an invaluable aid.
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