With its flat landscape and relatively easy access from London, the New Forest is a popular walking area, especially for weekend getaways. However, its byways can be a bit of a puzzle, divided as they are by major roads. This is where the book, A Walk Around the New Forest, comes to the rescue.
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Itís a small, lightweight book, just perfect for taking on a walk. Each of the 35 walks has its own chapter which starts with a box giving the distance for each walk, what parking is available, and directions for getting to the start of the walk. There is a brief summary, detailed directions, and what can be found nearby as well as a sketch map of the walk.
Each chapter is enhanced with photos that give a preview of the countryside found on the walk. The beauty of these walks is that they are all circular and average about five miles so there is plenty of time to do more than one in a day or to fill in the rest of the day with a pub lunch, afternoon tea, or shopping.
Contact information is given for transportation and local visitor centres. A bibliography and index are helpful.
Author Norman Henderson was born in Yorkshire, read physics at Pembroke College, Oxford, worked in the computer industry, and retired in 1999. While living in Southampton he developed his interests in walking and photography. He now lives near Brecon, Wales.
A Walk Around the New Forest
A Frances Lincoln Guide for Walkers
London NW5 2RZ
ISBN 13: 978-0-7112-2709-5
224 pages; coloured photographs; black and white sketch maps.