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Hadrian's Wall Path: National Trail Guide (National Trail Guides) Paperback – 20 Sep 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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* Planning: Not easy with the Keymaps at the front, partly because the names of principle sites are given their Roman names rather than the popular everyday ones. It also doesn't help that the photographs (which are good) are sprinkled throughout the book, not necessarily related to the chapter where the route is described.
* Accommodation: In the most popular areas accommodation can be rather sparse. However there is a wonderful bus (122) which links all the main sites in the area which is a boon to walkers. The book is written as if it does not exist. What you need to know is the distances between points where you can access the bus (which in practice stops anywhere for you at the wave of a hand). The list of distances between points is in any case pretty mean -lots of small distances make planning so much easier than leaps of 10 or more miles.
* Maps: The bus stops at Lanercost Priory, an English Heritage site as well as offering excellent facilities, but does the map in the book show how to get there - no - although you do get a photo of it but at the end of the previous chapter. Why not make the map just fractionally bigger to show the way down to the Priory from the footpath? I could give other examples.
* Additional walks: two only, given to principal sites, almost entirely on roads. We don't want this - there are plenty of others along the wall giving short, interesting and sometimes spectacular footpath routes (including to principal sites such as Housesteads)
* Photos: Is it too much to ask for photos of sites to be located in the chapter where they can be seen - or at least a reference to the page where the location can be found?
* Text: At the few points where the trail is not well signposted (or they have been obliterated or hidden in foliage) the route instructions were far too vague and ambiguous.
Very disappointing - I shall be very wary about purchasing an Official National Trail Guide in future.
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I found the guide frustrating as it seemed the author had only completed the walk once and probably in two stages.Read more