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The Ribble Way: A Northern England Trail (British Long-distance Trails) Paperback – 23 Jun 2005
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About the Author
Dennis and Jan Kelsall are professional outdoor writers and photographers, contributing to various magazines and producing a weekly walking feature for the Lancashire Evening Post. They have a keen interest in the environment, its geology, flora and wildlife. Other titles produced by Dennis and Jan Kelsall and published by Cicerone are 'The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path' and 'Walking in Pembrokeshire'.
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I feel the 3 star review elsewhere was rather critical but I can see how the small size of the text can be an issue. Though the book is a neat pocket size as it should be. I found it easy to follow and the historical and geographical aspects of the walk described between the text on directions provides an appreciable context to the walk. Personally I have limited interest in the local history but I think most walkers would want to know something and put some definition of the areas passed through.
The book provides succinct info related to planning the walk (divided into 7 sections). I suspect the book could do with revising at some point hopefully by the time of the new bridge over the River Douglas gets built which would add a further section to the walk.
This book almost gives me what I want. It is quite short which makes it easy to follow. It manages this by concentrating on giving information for a particular number of days.
I'm awkward and want to backpack/camp in a different number, so only 4 out of five stars.
Full marks go to the authors, Dennis and Jan Kelsall, who have provided a good description of the route, and plenty of background information about what is to be seen en route. They have clearly done a lot of research which adds to the value of the book, and it is complemented by a number of interesting photographs taken by Dennis.
However, in my opinion, the publishers have spoiled this by presenting it in an undersized book, with a tiny typeface, and the route instructions all mixed up with the background information, to such an extent that they resorted to using black ink for the route detail and brown for the features, possibly in an attempt to help users find which is which. It would have been more sensible to have the maps and route details together at the front of each chapter, with the background information all together in the second part of the chapter.
In four of the seven chapters, the route map is surrounded by background information, not route directions, making it necessary to refer back, several pages, if you want to check the map as you progress along the walk. Not the best layout, particularly if using the book on a wet day. The book suggests users might also purchase the O.S. 1:25000 maps of the area, which rather defeats the object of buying the guidebook.
To the further detriment of the book, the publishers have adopted the "fashion" of having a wide blank margin on the narrative pages, reducing the narrative to just 54% of the page width. This margin occasionally contains a few comments, fine if you prefer reading top to bottom rather than left to right. These comments would have been better placed within the main text body.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought this guide to walk this route and it was a good companion to bring along.this is a good walkPublished on 16 Mar. 2014 by sammy magill
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