Slow Sussex and the South Downs (Bradt Travel Guides (Slow Travel Series)) Paperback – 15 Apr 2011
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'Eye-opening and wonderful' The Sunday Times Magazine 'Slow guides take time to point the way.' Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall 'The Slow guides are the perfect travel companion - warm, witty and stuffed with insider knowledge. I can't think of a better way to unlock the joys of Britain.' Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slow 'Thanks to Tim, I'm now inspired to visit Kingley Vale for myself, not to mention Fishbourne's Roman Palace and Sussex's Purple Patch. I want to go llama trekking in the Ashdown Forest and try paragliding over the Downs, and when I do, this fascinating guide will be the first thing I shall pack.' Thetraveleditor.com 'It's a wonderful read that will really help me with exploring my adopted county. I hope it sells well - it deserves to!' Dr Hew Prendergast, Director, Ashdown Forest Conservators 'Written in a pleasing journalistic style, with plenty of fact-filled anecdotes and personal experience thrown in. A book after Viva's own heart; and one that is likely to spend more time on the desktop or in the shoulder bag than on the bookshelf.' Viva Lewes 'A book that really gets to the heart of all that's best about Sussex, whilst taking an approach close to my own heart - a refreshingly slow and sustainable way of appreciating this beautiful corner of the country. No rush; just savour and enjoy!' Gillian Clarkson, Towner Gallery, East Sussex 'An exceptional new book ... just part of the mixture that makes Slow Sussex and South Downs National Park so compelling. This is no standard guide book. It's a fascinating blend of things to see, things to do - and perhaps how to go about it all on foot.' Sussex Express 'Locke's wry humour and detailed research make this a readable and informative book. The chatty tone is interlaced with the sort of recommendations that only someone with good local knowledge can provide.' thetraveleditor.com 'Perhaps if Jerome K Jerome had published guidebooks instead of novels, he might have written books like these... I hope this series does well and becomes international, as it is about time everyone slowed down a bit and appreciated what is around them' www.wildlifeextra.com "As much an entertaining armchair read as a practical guide, this book is perfect for newcomers to Sussex as well as locals." Sussex Wildlife Trust magazine
About the Author
Tim Locke is a freelance travel writer with special expertise on England and Wales.
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This book, one of the latest additions to Bradt Travel Guides' Slow series, is first-class. Author Tim Locke has done Bradt proud. The book is an absolute delight to read. Plenty of well-crafted prose to guide the reader around a splendid part of England which includes a spectacular chalk-cliff coastline, gently contoured downland, acid heaths and rich townscapes.
The book provided a new gloss on places I thought I knew well (from Brighton's Royal Pavilion to Winchester Cathedral), but also encouraged me to explore new terrain: like the footpath that skirts Thorney Island (out-of-bounds to the public I'd always thought, but clearly I was wrong on that point), the Tide Mills near Newhaven and Bexhill's striking Art Deco Pavilion.
Tim Locke has the enviable knack of leading the reader to places she or he surely never thought they would want to go. And he delights them along the way with all manner of intriguing cultural, social or geomorphological detail. Brighton beach, we learn, is reputedly composed of 614 billion pebbles. Locke recounts the tale of Sussex's least successful county cricketer and encourages the reader to play pooh-sticks near Hartfield on the northern fringes of the Ashdown Forest.
This book is a wonderful read, at its best I feel in the sections dealing with rural areas of the Sussex Weald and the South Downs.Read more ›
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