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Walk! the Brecon Beacons Paperback – 16 Jan 2006
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Travel Book of the Week. As a wannabe walker, I'm much taken with the Discovery Walking guides new Walk! UK series which covers all the major walking destinations from the Lake District to Exmoor. Walk! The Brecon Beacons, £12.99 by Bob Greaves, is a handsomely produced book of 160 pages in full colour with Ordnance Survey mapping. Each itinerary includes a route summary, ratings for effort, time, distance, ascents/descents, refreshments and vertigo risk, a fully detailed walk description, global positioning waypoints along the route for pin-point navigational accuracy and a full-colour 1:40,000 scale map of the route. There is a good choice of walks for all abilities. Frank Barrett --The Mail on Sunday
A walking guide book to the Brecon Beacons including OS mapping. This book is Gps compatible with Waypoint lists for every walking route. It has a wire-O spiral bound to lay-flat and fold-back on itself.
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Having spent a few hours learning the basics of the satnav and about half an hour of reading the prime points in this book, I was ready to input a few walks from the ordnance survey points given for each walk into my satnav.
There are 40 walks in this book and they cover from virtual rank beginner to the more strenous walk of four peaks in a day!!! They are all clearly defined and given ratings for length of walk (miles/kms) ascent/descent, refreshments to name but a few.
The book is written in such a way that you feel that the author is with you all the time. The way points on the sat nav giving me knowledge that I was keeping to the general direction required. You do need to refer to the book whilst walking in order to both keep on the right track and make a note of some of the interesting parts of the walk that you may miss.
Great book. Highly recommended. Buy it now and book a break in the Beacons.
Only negatives are that it isn't ring-bound which isn't a huge issue but would make it easier to have open when walking and I agree the maps are ok but I use a OS map just to verify.
I lie in Brecon so know a lot of the routes but its still very useful to have as a base guide then amend to suit.
The photos are lovely, and you got a real sence of what some of the places are like.
The walks i found were not the clearest to follow, and never gave much info of time and level of skill.
The size of the book was also a issue for me,
It is small in width but deep in length, " tall and skinny" making it hard to house when using it , since it was raining, we needed to keep it dry but also needed to be able to see it,.
Be easier to plan ahead and photo copy the walks we want to do.
Whether you are new to the Beacons or familiar with it there are lots of wonderful places to discover - my personal favourites from the book are: Llangynidr to Tor-y-Foel, Cwmyoy (the church is spectacular), Pen-y-Fan from Cwm Llwch (passing the Tommy Jones obelisk) and the tiny but perfectly formed Skirrid (Ysgyryd) Fawr. Only complaint is that there is no walk to cover the stunning Carmarthen Fans encompassing Llyn y Fan Fach and Llyn y Fan Fawr and taking in Fan Breicheiniog.
A good introduction, plenty of good maps and a chapter that provides GPS waypoints for each of the routes adds to the overall usefulness of the book. Its also ring-bound which means you don't have to keep opening and closing the book, losing your page or bending the book to ruin! Most importantly, in the introductory section of most of the walks he tells you where you can get a good pint when you finally descend, weary from the mountainside.
Having the O.s. map plans of each walk to me is essential being an avid O.s. map reader !
Far better than guide books that only give you text and directions ! This has it all !!!
Don't usually do reviews but this book is small well illustrated buy it its the best if you need one.
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