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Time Out Country Walks Near London Vol 2: v. 2 (Time Out Guides) Paperback – 6 Jul 2006

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Time Out (6 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904978088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904978084
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Few guides to country walks have the first clue. You know, you've gone astray too. The Time Out Book of Country Walks is a magnificent exception. I defy you to get lost." (The New Scientist)

"A sturdy pair of shoes and Time Out's book of Country Walks are all you need for a great day in the country." (Evening Standard)

"Imaginatively conceived...clearly explained. If you've decided that you ought to be taking more exercise, getting a copy of this excellent guide could be the first step in your keep fit plan" (The Mail on Sunday)

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30 walks within easy reach of London

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I am a great fan of the time out book of country walks vol 1.I have done most of the walks therein so its a real pleasure to have yet more walks to choose from in the same fun and easy to follow style.I can highly reccomend the Coulsdon walk and I did the Dover to Deal coastal walk not so long ago and its an absolutely beautiful and unforgettable experience.Hastings to Rye gets the hard slog over at the beginning and another amazing day out. Like many Londoners I love the Smoke but I really need to get out and experience the joys of the countryside as well. All these walks are accessible by public transport and invariably feature avery good pub for lunch andalmost always a good tea stop as well.They are fun to do in a group ( there is a website linked to this book for group walks) but really absorbing and fun on your own. Highly reccomended
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For those who don't know these Time Out books of walks, they feature walks in countryside just outside or not far from London that you can easily reach from central London by public transport -- or by car (since in this volume, unlike its predecessor, the start and end points are often the same). They envisage a day's outing, with a stop for lunch in the middle and tea at the end. This is Volume 2, that gives 30 walks as a supplement to Vol. 1's 52. The most obvious beauty spots (such as the South Downs) come in both, so this volume is in no way a second best. In fact, it is in some respects an improvement on its predecessor. The one thing I disliked about Vol. 1 was that the walks were all of much the same length -- around 10 miles --, ideal for the determined trekker, but on the long side for someone like myself who prefers to be free to loiter and survey without feeling under any pressure of time. Now Vol. 2 offers for almost every walk a shorter version (often of around 5 miles). It also provides a greater choice of places for refreshment.
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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I've thoroughly enjoyed every single walk I've completed from the book (about 7 now). They are all different and take you to parts of the country that you would never otherwise knew existed. In little more than an hour from London, using either train or car for transport, you can feel yourself relaxing as you walk through country that looks as though nothing much has happened for the past 50 years (although if you don't want to get lost, I would recommend taking a basic compass with you). Added to which, the suggested lunch venues and tea rooms have always been excellent. This book will give you 30 different days out of pure pleasure - more than worth the same price as a London cinema ticket!
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If you want to know how beautiful this country is and want to explore the surroundings of London, this book is a must for you. It contains a number of walks all along the most beautiful places within easy reach of London. The walks are meticulously described so you will have no chance to get lost.
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This in an excellent compilation of walks, with 30 different walks across different regions of the SE of England (the North and South Downs, the Chilterns, Thames Valley etc.). A lot of thought has gone into the planning the walks to make the routes interesting, scenic and with the minimum of road walking. The feature that makes the book stand head and shoulders among the crowd is the use of compass headings at points where one might get lost. This is really useful. Some complicated sets of turns are signalled by changes of heading, done very skilfully by the authors, which are easy to follow. With this book, you really can discover the quieter corners of the SE of England.

The test of this book ultimately is walking the walks therein. I've walked the majority of routes in the book (25 out of 30) and I only got hopelessly lost once. This was Hurst Green to Chiddington Causeway (walk 16). I am not still not sure however whether the fault was with the book or with me (if anyone has successfully walked then I would be grateful if they would let me know!). Remember that this edition is now nearly 5 years' old, so there are bound to have been changes on the ground. You should refer to the relevant website for updates. Any anyway getting lost in the South-East of England should not inspire mortal terror - one is never far from civilisation after all! I understand a new edition will be coming out shortly.
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