Lonely Planetís Walking Guides are replete with all the details you will ever need for planning walking holidays. The Table of Walks at the beginning of the book gives a summary of each walk to help you choose where you want to begin. An introduction entitled Environment explains Britainís countryside rules and regulations, gives brief facts about England, Wales, and Scotland.
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Walking in Britain contains detailed trail descriptions for walkers of all levels from easy-going coastal walks to rugged and remote mountain treks. Two colour contoured maps are provided for all the featured walks. Accommodation and transport information is also included. Expert walkers have contributed advice on equipment, health, and environmentally responsible walking. The overleaf of the book opens out to show a coloured map of Britain.
The book divides the 52 walks into sections: Southern England, Northern England, Wales, and Scotland. Long distance and short walks are included. Each of the sections gives reading suggestions, contacts for supplies and equipment, sleeping and eating suggestions, how to get there and get around, and OS map numbers. Then each walk gets its own details where a handy box gives duration, distance, difficulty, start and finish, transport, and nearest town. A map and the walk details complete the picture.
At the back of the book a Walkers Directory explains accommodation choices, gives food and drink information, hostel contacts, talks about the climate and gives contact information for the weather, and much more. A further section contains information on getting around Britain along with names, phone numbers, and websites of various boat, train, and bus companies.
Author David Else is an experienced walker based in Yorkshire. Author Belinda Dixon lives near Dartmoor National Park and has spent years hiking in the south-west. Author Peter Dragicevich is a New Zealander who writes for Lonely Planet. Author Des Hannigan is an expert on the Cornish coast. Author Becky Ohlsen has walked three of Britainís long distance trails. Author Simon Richmond has covered the Pennine way and coast to coast walks. Author Sandra Bardwell lives in Scotland, has Scottish ancestry, and is an experienced walker in several countries.
Walking in Britain, 3rd edition
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