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Walking on Harris and Lewis: 30 Routes in the Outer Hebrides (British Mountains) Paperback – 20 Apr 2010
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About the Author
Richard Barrett spent his working life as a professional marketer, but still found time for climbing, winter mountaineering and sea kayaking. Having fallen in love with the Harris Hills in 2007, he is now set to relocate to Maraig in North Harris, where he and his wife are building a guest house. This is his first book for Cicerone.
Top Customer Reviews
One thing is clear from the tone of the guide - the author is not only a person who is dedicated to making the experience of walking in these rugged islands as painless as possible, but that he also has gathered together more knowledge on the scenery and sights to see on the islands of Harris and Lewis than any man should reasonably expect to garner in a mere lifetime.
Do not be discouraged by the apparent paucity of the number of pages dedicated to each walk. The information provided is obviously and immediately useful to the walker struggling to orient themselves in a difficult terrain, with references to the most intimate of details about the direction of peaks, walls, trials and water features, although you will find the short glossary of local words for things a god-send if the local words are unfamiliar.
At each turn the easiest or best route is described, which, given the unpredictable nature of the conditions of the terrain, this had to be one of the most thankful features of the route descriptions.
One thing I found particularly startling was the quality of the mapping used to describe the walk. Small pools of Ordnance Survey detail have been included for every walk, showing just the level of detail required to encompass the route - surely better than fighting with flapping maps in a strong wind?Read more ›
Although there are a number of walking guides to the Western Isles, this is the most comprehensive I have come across. It is the only commercially available guidebook that I have seen that includes all the North Harris Hill ridges, so this is a timely and welcome publication and it enhanced my enjoyment of the Western Isles.Read more ›
My one slight criticism is that all walks are quite substantial. The younger & older members of our group would have appreciated a couple of shorter or less strenuous. However, this is a small gripe and for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and an interest in exploring some of the more remote and dramatic areas of Harris & Lewis this is the book for you.
It was also delivered earlier than expected, just as well as I ordered it only a couple of days before we departed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book as described and very useful. Did take a while to turn up thow 2 weeks and know track info. I would give it a 3 week plus before you go on holiday.Published 21 months ago by Mr. L. S. SMITH
invaluable guide to walking in the Outer Hebrides, I wouldn't consider going without itPublished 23 months ago by Catherine Matthews
The walk to Molingeanais (Walk 7) is beautiful as described in the text. BUT. If you go there best to return by the way you came in unless you are very capable on rough boggy... Read morePublished on 16 July 2014 by Brian Largo
Good intro to walking on the islands with decent maps and plenty of useful information. It makes you want to visit and gives an accurate picture of what to expect.Published on 23 Nov. 2013 by A. Redgers
We are going to the Isle of Lewis/Harris in September. We want to do some hiking while we are there. This book has a lot of information and clear directions for all the hikes.Published on 8 Mar. 2013 by Kathryn Hoag