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Excellent little book!
on 5 September 2012
I'm new to rambling, although have often enjoyed walking around country parks and around local villages. Before purchasing this book, however, I've never had my eyes opened to the many inconspicuous rights of way that intersect our countryside.
Being a Northamptonian, the book is perfect for some afternoon strolls across open countryside in and around the many attractive out-lying villages that course through Northamptonshire. Being pocket-sized is a stroke of genius, as it's easy to take with you in a pocket and keep handy as you refer to the easy-to-follow directions that accompany each walk. Each route is circular, so you never have to retrace your steps and retread old ground and, as the title suggests, begin and end at a country pub. Nothing like motivating you towards the end of a long walk than the thought of a nice, cold pint at the pub to quench the thirst you've built-up! Brief directions are provided to reach the pub that will form both the starting and finishing post, together with a little snippet of info about the pub itself (with opening times) and a small 'thumbnail' style map is provided for each walk. This is useful when used in conjunction with the written directions in cases where you think you may have wandered a little too far right or left, or gone 1 field too far, etc. Speaking of the directions, they're clear and easy to understand, making use of visual references (eg. cross-over the stile to the left of a metal gate and cattle trough) and way markers. Since each walk is between 3 and 5 miles in length, it's ideal for casual ramblers like myself and would suit walkers of all abilities. Most walks seem to take around 2-3 hours when taken at a reasonable pace and taking time to snap a view pics along the way and the occasional pitstop to admire the scenery.
All-in-all, this book is a real gem and I'm so glad I bought a copy... it's so nice to 'get away from it all' and every walk is an adventure. Without this book as your guide, you would assume you were trespassing on private land and often find yourself crossing fields containing livestock, etc. On that note, I would like to say that walking through a herd of cattle is quite an unnerving experience... who would've thought rambling could get the adrenaline pumping! Even sheep (esp. when in lamb) are quite intimidating in numbers!
Get this book and spend your afternoons getting closer to nature and our wonderful countryside (not to mention some lovely little country pubs); you won't regret it!