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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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--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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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...
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got us from end to end. Lots of info. Well worth getting to plan your trip.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I couldn't really expect much more from a guide. No complaints, very happy.Published 11 months ago by chris L
Quite a useful guidebook.
NOTE: contrary to what almost all guides tell you, walk the wall WEST to EAST. That way, the wind is always at your back, and the most 'boring' (i.e. Read more
good guide big help wen I did walk last April ,prompt deliveryPublished 16 months ago by james darren finnerty
This is an exceptionally detailed, very straight-forwardly designed book that is invaluable for those walking the wall. Read morePublished on 7 May 2015 by E. Sanders
It is literally the only book you need to plan and walk the wall. Brilliant and everyone else had it too.Published on 8 May 2014 by Claire Llewellyn
Top class guide that covers everything you could think of. If only travel books in general were as good as this. Only drawback is the small print size.Published on 27 Mar. 2014 by Steptey
Just the job to give me all the information I require in examining this long distance walk. Well written full of facts and figures. Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2013 by CPBarker
We've just come back from 5 days of walking Hadrian's Wall from Wallsend to Bowness and used this book as our guide. Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2013 by Jo
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