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Pennine Way Paperback – 1 Aug 2008
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About the Author
Keith Carter has over 40 years' experience of hiking Britain's long-distance paths with numerous magazine articles published on the subject.
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The contents don't disappoint though. There is the fairly standard first few chapters on getting there, when to walk, some of the background to the walk and so on and although these are important sections in a guide book they tend to be common across most of the range and don't differentiate the Trailblazer guides from any other books.
The real differentiator for Trailblazer is the quality of the mapping. The book is packed with hundreds of hand-drawn, highly detailed maps. They ignore the fluff and noise of OS style maps and concentrate, with laser focus, on the path itself. The scale is much greater than OS mapping too. Where you may struggle to follow the path on a 1:25k scale OS map, as the route winds between a myriad of local features, the Trailblazer maps (at around 1:20k) remove all the inconsequential detail and just show the landmarks that relate to how you follow the route.
New to this edition is the addition of GPS waypoints. Each map has two or three GPS references included; at key positions along the route - perhaps at a crucial turn or where paths meet etc. The end of the book has a complete listing of all 200 odd waypoints for adding to your GPS device. A nice touch is the ability to go to the Trailblazer website and download this list (despite another reviewer saying to the contrary) - rather than having to type them all in manually - which invariably leads to errors. They now have a page on their site with GPX files too - for all the books with GPS waypoints included.
Their website also includes a "path updates" section - with recent changes to the route provided by people who have walked the path recently - there are currently about 30 or 40 such route notes on this page - a perfect use of the Internet to supplement the contents of the guide book.
Another new feature in this guide is the inclusion of text from "ordinary folk" - people who have walked the route and have interesting points of view to add to the guide. Sections like "Next time I walk the Pennine Way I would....." and then in 200-300 words the people describe what they would do differently next time. A lovely personal touch I think and makes the book much more accessible and readable.
This is surely the definitive guide book for the Pennine Way now; it's completely up to date and with the addition of internet download-able GPS waypoints it's a modern "multi-media" guide for the modern era. Well done Trailblazer.
I also question the integrity of the writers. Anyone who claims you do not need gaiters when walking over Kinder Scout, Bleaklow and Black Hill has not done it.
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