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on 18 September 2003
Helped enormously during a recent visit to the Ypres/Ieper area. The book gave a real insight into the battles and it was great to have guided walks to follow. The points of interest are clearly described and very informative.
The book states a total length of time that any walk will take, and on the whole this is accurate at a strolling pace. However, it would have been useful if a map of each walk had been provided. This is because there are few indications of distances - I would have liked to have seen the total distance of the walk stated, and more particularly the distance between turns/landmarks on the walk. There is no indication whether the 'grass track' one needs to follow is 10 metres or 3km from the last direction followed, and this added uncertainty (and on one occasion 45 minutes through missing an immediate turning!).
I would recommend this book if you are visiting the area and want an understanding of what you are seeing.
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on 5 February 2010
This is a very precisely written analysis of the Ypres Salient and surrounding area. The author has arranged the book to include every possible walk in the area and each walk is packed with exact and interesting detail. As there were at least four noted battles in the area (although, if truth be told, after October 1914 it was never out of the active war zone) then the walks necessarily cross-reference the various battles and it is not difficult to be confused. This is not the fault of the author but of the history and geography of the area. 'Walking the Salient' is a painstakingly methodical book and very obviously, a labour of love. I would recommend it highly

This is the first of the series that I have read as I am about to visit the Yypres Salient. I would certainly buy more of the series as I intend to visit the Somme battlefield in the very near future.

On a very positive practical note, the book exemplifies an expression beloved of publishers, 'pocket-sized', which for all the right reasons, cannot be said of the seminal work on the First World War battlefields, the absolutely superb, 'Before Endeavours Fade' by Rose Coombes.
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on 3 July 2009
The book is extremely well-researched and -written, good value, and the individual walks allow you to "be there". For some of the walks, to see what YOU want to see, you may have to stitch two or more of the walks together. One thing I found lacking which would have been a great advantage, was a map of the entire area, so that you could see the full scale of the battlefield, flashpoints, trench lines etc. and plan your visits. It's difficult to envisage, now that there are so many new roads and buildings, so a map marking landmarks of the time (eg. Hellfire Corner, the Caterpillar, the extent of the Messines Ridge) would be great help. As it stands, I would recommend also buying the CWGC map/pamphlet entitled "Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France", (costs 10 Euro) although that focuses on cemeteries rather than the battlefields.
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on 10 January 2013
An excellent guide to the area. One can only really understand the battles of the First world war by walking the ground and this excellent book helps one gain a real understanding of Ypres. We have walked most of the walks now and with the possible exception of the town walk we have found them all very informative. Yes the maps could be better and distances would be a very easy and helpful addition to them. Perhaps todays edition contains GPS waypoints which could be helpful too. I would thoroughly recommend the book and its cheaper than a tour-guide and just as valuable.
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on 4 July 2013
A must for anyone who intends to travel to Ypres, whether as part of a tour group or under your own steam. The maps and photographs are informative and clear and the recommended walks are easy to follow. A very interesting read and heartily recommended.
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on 1 March 2016
Informative and very useful
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