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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 1 edition (15 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841623431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841623436
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I knew I was going to love this book when I read on the very first page how the author had, at the age of 14, compiled a little guide awarding Baedeker / Michelin-style stars to features around the family home - his appraisals extending even unto the family cat. That youthful endeavour revealed the same enquiring, possibly slightly quirky, nicely opinionated mindset that underpins Slow Sussex and the South Downs.

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.
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The author's knowledge and enthusiasm for his theme shine through every chapter! I thought I was already familiar with the area, but the book has shown me how much I didn't know and have yet to see. The sketch-maps accompanying the descriptions of walks are clear and helpful, and numbered chapter-maps make it easy to identify the places mentioned. Anecdotes and quotes from local people add colour - and often made me smile. Practical details (opening times, prices, transport...) are clearly presented. The selections of eating places and accommodation are necessarily personal choices rather than comprehensive all-purpose lists; this gives them a human touch, and the contact details of local tourist offices are provided throughout so that readers can easily get further information. A useful and readable guidebook to a beautiful and historically interesting part of the country.
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Walking books can very easily slip into a tedious compendium lacking warmth from the aouthor. What a pleasure to come across a book that most assuredly is not one of those. Tim Locke's love for the areas he chooses to stroll around shine through on every page making this book both wonderfully informative, and equally enjoyable to read by the fireside thinking about the walks you could be on! A lovely guide to keep about your person when walking this beautiful county.
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I think this is a brilliant approach to travel writing. There are so many formats available, especially about this part of the world. This book assumes you can manage the basics: map, route etc and it just picks out the highlights for you. It's not Pevsner and it's not Rough Guide (both excellent). It's got some of the sparkle of Patrick Leigh Fermor, but it's more practical than a travelogue. Tim Locke is an experienced travel writer. It's clear this book is not just a professional writing project, it's about a part of the world the author has chosen to know and love.
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I live in Sussex and have several walking books, but this has so much more! Lots of information about so many different places, told by a Lewes resident who obviously loves the area. It's nice that it covers the eastern part of Hampshire for the whole of the newly-created National Park. It's making me want to get out there and see all there is to see (and perhaps a spot of paragliding too).
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This book is a little gem detailing the wonders & beauty of Sussex. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it & have been inspired to start walking & exploring Sussex.
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This is a well written, informative and quirky guide, which is thoroughly recommended as a companion on a day out in Sussex. As well as pointing you to the well tried and tested, it will help you find something unusual and little known. The quality of the writing is first class, indeed it merits reading even if you have no plans to set foot in Sussex.
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