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This guide brings together a selection of the best walks in the Western Isles. The walks include hill climbs, moorland tracks, and shoreline walks.
Following the success of the earlier Scatalog – Quick ID guide to southern African animal droppings, here’s another quick and quirky identification guide, this time to tracks of the region’s most commonly found mammals, but also includes tracks of reptiles, rodents, birds and insects.
A simple key on the inside front cover directs users to any of 11 categories, such as ‘cloven hooves’, ‘paws’ or 'tramline-like trails'. Nearly 100 animals or closely related groups of animals are depicted; for each, there’s
- a silhouette of front and back feet and a colour photograph of the track
- the average measurements for each track
- a short description of the track
- information about the circumstances and likely habitat
Concise and to-the-point, this pocket-sized reference will prove indispensible in the field, no matter the experience of the user.
For most people wandering through the beautiful landscape of the Brecon Beacons is pleasure enough, but sooner or later you may ask yourself, what is that little bird or flower that you see on most of your walks? The problem with most guides is that many of the animals, insects, rocks or plants in them are rarities, and therefore probably not the one you have just seen. This guide will help you to identify the ones that you are likely to see on your walks in the uplands of the Brecon Beacons. Don't throw your comprehensive guides away though! Once you can easily identify the things you are familiar with, the rarities will stand out and be much easier to pin down. Also in this series: Nature of Snowdonia by Mike Raine.
Britain's largest National Park, where mountains rise in a vast wilderness of high plateaux, deep corries and empty glens, is not just a place for the intrepid - the vast tracts of surviving Caledonian forest, sparkling lochs, heather moors and tumbling rivers also make it fantastic walking country for those who want to enjoy it at a more gentle pace. "Aviemore and the Cairngorms" features 40 shorter walks, including many perfect for families, stretching from the ancient region of Badenoch and the uppermost reaches of the Spey Valley, through the outdoor hub of Aviemore to Grantown and Tomintoul, then over Ballater and Royal Deeside to Braemar.
"Peak SE Pokketz" is the first Rockfax guide to the Peak area to include a mix of grit and limestone. The crags included are the grit edges from Froggatt and Curbar to Gardoms and Birchen; Stoney, Horseshoe, and Ravensdale for some low grade limestone. The final section covers the fine crags around Matlock. The book focuses on routes from Moderate to HVS and manages to pack more than 500 carefully chosen gems between its covers, but also includes 20 classic E1s and E2s to give something for everyone to aspire to.
The Camping Cookbook is a unique compilation of superb recipes and practical advice designed for anyone who doesn't want to give up the pleasures of eating well while camping.Each recipe is specially adapted for camping and tramp-ing. The recipes are presented in easy-to-follow steps which will appeal to both beginners and more advanced level cooks. All the recipes are designed for the practi-calities of camping life, with weight, space and time lim-itations in mind. However, they are also ideal for cooking at home. Who wouldn't love a fresh and delicious pizza made quickly using only one pan?As well as being of direct interest to campers, it is a beautiful gift for any food or camping lover.
A leisurely ramble through the woods, a meandering city stroll, a blustery seaside promenade or a vigorous mountain hike - all have their delights and incomparable joys. Whatever your walking style, you'll be captivated and enthralled by the stories and excerpts of classic writing, trivia and practical tips in this book - perfect for anyone who loves the freedom of lacing up their hiking boots and heading for the hills.
Pathfinder Yorkshire Dales covering parts of the National Park, Ribblesdale and Swaledale. This selection offers interest, regional variety and balance of routes in the Yorkshire Dales providing the best walks in the area. From an easy stroll through Ingleton Waterfalls to the much more challenging walks in Gunnerside, this volume contains something for everyone. Covering walks through the whole of the Yorkshire Dales both popular and little know scenic routes including Wharfedale, Wendleydale, and Burnsall. -See walk locations by Looking Inside Inside: 28 great Yorkshire Dales walks from 2 to 10 miles -Clear, large scale Ordnance Survey route maps -GPS reference for all Yorkshire Dales waypoints -Where to park, good pubs and places of interest en route -All routes have been fully researched and written by expert outdoor writers -Beautiful photography of scenes from the walks Pathfinder Guides are Britain's best loved walking guides. Made with durable covers, they are the perfect companion for countryside walks throughout Britain. Each title features circular walks with easy-to-follow route descriptions, large-scale Ordnance Survey route maps and GPS waypoints.With over 70 titles in the series, they offer essential information for walkers throughout the country.
The book, aimed at walkers and fell runners, includes detailed information on the challenging Lakeland Three Thousands; the Old County Tops; the Roman Road between Windermere and Penrith; the Eight Great Horseshoes; and Penrith to the Sea routes. Roy Clayton guides walkers through the routes, while experienced fell runner, Ronald Turnbull, gives the necessary advice for runners, and for walkers who wish to step up the pace in the tradition of the greats like Joss Naylor, Eric Beard and Colin Donnelly.
Christopher Nicholson's first book of nature writing is a beautiful account of an unusual obsession. In 2016 he spent August searching for the remaining snows of the Scottish Highlands. His account of his solitary walk is by turns funny, fascinating and inspiring. A meditation on walking, mountains, snow and our changing climate, Nicholson also turns his curious eye on nature-lovers themselves. What are we looking for when we walk and what is it we want from nature? What is it we see and what is it we miss? What remains when we are gone and what have we lost from the landscape forever?
A walkers' route guide to the long distance alpine walk from Villars to Kandersteg in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland. High mountain diversions and circular day walks add variety for the walker. For all levels of walkers.
THE PERFECT STOCKING FILLER for anyone who thinks they'd survive the world's most hostile environments - or at least imagine they could do. ----------------------------- First issued to British airmen in the 1950s the beautifully illustrated Air Ministry Survival Guide provides invaluable practical tips and instruction on how to keep calm and carry on in any hostile environment. Whether you're lost in the desert, arctic, jungle, or adrift on the open ocean, you'll be better off armed with sensible advice on how to: - Build a structurally sound igloo - Pull faces to prevent frostbite (and when to expect bits to fall off should you fail) - Fashion a mask to prevent snowblindness - Make a hat out of seat cushions - Behave in the event of meeting hostile locals - Stay safe from poisonous reptiles and insects - Use a 'fire thong' - Punch man-eating sharks (which are cowards)
'An absolute gem of a book' Alastair Humphreys Know how to tramp and you know how to live... Know how to meet your fellow-wanderer, how to be passive to the beauty of nature and how to be active to its wildness and its rigour. The tramp is a friend of society; a seeker, they pay their way if they can. One includes in the category 'tramp' all true Bohemians, pilgrims, explorers afoot, walking tourists, and the like. Tramping is a way of approach, to nature, to your fellow man, to a nation, to beauty, to life itself. It is a gentle art and there is much to learn; illusions to overcome, prejudices and habits to be shaken off. The adventure is not the getting there, it is the on-the-way. It is not the expected; it is the surprise; not the fulfilment of prophecy but the providence of something better than prophesied. Originally published in 1926, The Gentle Art of Tramping is a guide for anyone who has dreamed of taking to the road with nothing more than a bag full of essentials and big ideas. It gives guidance on walking, being open to discovery and being kind - advice as relevant now as it was then.
Part of a series of full-colour 'Pocket Walks', being small, practical sized guidebooks aimed at the less serious rambler. Full colour photographs and colourful sketch maps accompany each of the well described walks, with the bonus of making it an attractive souvenir of the area. Principal feature is that all walks are less than five miles in length (though averaging 4 miles each, they are all very definitely worthwhile outings), making them ideal for families, leisure walkers, and others constrained by either time or other limitations. Concise route descriptions are complemented by ample background information. This title deals with Upper Wharfedale, the most popular valley in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Twenty superb walks use starting points such as Buckden, Grassington, Arncliffe and Kettlewell. Places visited include Buckden Pike, Hubberholme, Grass Wood and Linton. Launched in in unison with 3 other neighbouring Yorkshire Dales titles, covering Malhamdale, Nidderdale and Lower Wharfedale.
Created during the Great Depression by the U.S. Forest Service, this guide provided environmental safety and maintenance advice for visitors to national forests and parks. It contains finely crafted drawings and plans for outdoor stoves and fireplaces that offer a window into a bygone era of handyman activity and a wealth of still-useful information for building barbecue pits, chimneys, warming units, and more.
The Yorkshire coastline is the second most visited tourist destination in England - so why no walking guide to its entire length? The Trail Guides published by, for example, Aurum, and other walking publishers like Cicerone, sell steady numbers of guides to the Northumberland Coast Path, let alone National Trails like the South-West Coast Path. But why no guide to Yorkshire's coastline? Some of it comes under the Cleveland Way, though this is predominantly a walking route across the North York Moors. But from Redcar all the way south to Bridlington, and then on along Spurn Point on the Humber, is magnificent clifftop and seaside walking. The route takes in scenic holiday hotspots like Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and Robin Hood's Bay, not to mention steam railways, seabird cliffs and the home of Dracula. Now Andrew Vine, an experienced walker and distinguished Yorkshire journalist, puts this right with the definitive walking guide, full of colour photos, and the whole route covered with OS large-scale maps. It is an essential purchase for the holidaymaker, the daytripper and local resident alike.
'A real page-turner . . . captivating and deeply moving' Climb magazine In 2015 freeclimber Tommy Caldwell spent 19 days summiting Yosemite's vertical, 3000-foot Dawn Wall - the hardest climb in history. It was the culmination of seven years planning and a lifetime's determination. Here, he recounts how he got there, the falls and set backs (being held hostage, losing his index finger, the break-up of his marriage), the summits conquered and the fears overcome. It is a story about drive, focus and how to achieve the impossible - one toehold at a time. 'Caldwell's story is one of the best. You get more than just a climbing adventure, you get the inside view of how a person can endure crushing setbacks and persist to fulfill a spectacular vision' Jim Collins, author of Good to Great 'Heart-stopping, absorbing' Daily Mail 'Captivating and unfailingly honest' Jon Krakauer 'This isn't just a book about climbing, it's about laser sharp focus in all aspects of life' Scott Jurek, author of Eat & Run 'Absolutely captivating, thrills, enriches' Denver Post
Christopher Somerville has covered the length and breadth of the UK on foot, and has written and broadcast about its history, landscape, wildlife and people for over 25 years. Now, in this extensive new volume, he selects his top 200 routes from his hugely popular Times column, A Good Walk. More than just a basic guidebook, this is a meditation on our relationship with the landscape and a celebration of all that Britain has to offer. From Cornwall to Shetland via Pembrokeshire and Barrowdale, this is the most comprehensive collection of walks in the United Kingdom available in one book, and features trails to suit all skill levels and references, whether you want a gentle ramble to the pub or something much more challenging. Each of the featured walks contains: * Detailed description as featured in The Times column * Postcode and OS grid reference start point * Instructions on how to get there * Distance and grade so readers can suit walks to their ability, fitness and mood * Simple step-by-step walk instructions * Beautiful colour photograph for each walk * Full colour, clear and up-to-date map * Food and accommodation details for the hungry traveller Featuring stunning photography and using Christopher's trademark with and lyricism, this is the perfect gift for ramblers anywhere.
This is the second of two books describing routes in and around Scotland's countryside parks. Volume 2 Edinburgh & East describes 60 varied walks of 2 to 7 miles, mostly accessible by public transport and close to urban centres such as Edinburgh, Dundee & Aberdeen. Among the parks included in this guide are Beecraigs, Almondell & Calderwood, John Muir, Pentland Hills and Lomond Hills Regional Parks, Lochore Meadows, Camperdown & Clatto, Crathes Castle, Haddo House and Aden. Many of the country parks, country estates and regional parks covered in the book have other visitor attractions including castles, stately homes, gardens, art work collections, museums, galleries, shops and cafes. Some have adventure playgrounds as well as sporting opportunities such as golf, mountain biking, orienteering, sailing and canoeing. The book contains detailed notes on the parks and their facilities, including weblinks and public transport options for visitors. This is an invaluable guide that will appeal to a wide range of walkers, from those looking for family outings to casual visitors and tourists, as well as others interested in exploring their local environment and people seeking evening or weekend walks close to home. Mica guidebooks are thoughtfully designed and highly illustrated, with detailed maps and concise descriptions. As both a writer and photographer, Tom Prentice has worked extensively in books, newspapers and magazines, specialising in outdoor activities. Known for his regular walks column in The Herald national newspaper, Tom also manages the publication of the Scottish Mountaineering Club's popular walking and climbing guidebooks. This is the author's fourth book for Mica Publishing, the others being his successful two volume series covering 120 walks in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and Scotland's Countryside Parks Volume 1.
This attractive, highly detailed and superbly illustrated guidebook covers 60 varied routes describing fell, lakeside and woodland walks of 2 to 9 miles in the UK's favourite walking destination that is the beautiful Lake District.Split into seven geographic areas, the guide covers 60 graded walks, ranging from low level family strolls to easy fellwalks, and lengthier more challenging fellwalks. Each walk is accompanied by its own map and more than 200 inspirational colour photographs compliment the route descriptions. This is an ideal guidebook for both the regular Lakeland walker and the occasional visitor.Mica guidebooks have a growing reputation for thoughtfully designed, highly illustrated guidebooks with detailed maps and concise descriptions.
The Uncrowned King of Mont Blanc by Peter Foster is the biography of scientist and mountaineer Thomas Graham Brown, whose encyclopaedic knowledge of the mountain earned him the soubriquet, and whose achievements in the Alps and Greater Ranges place him at the forefront of British mountaineering between the two world wars. Born in Edinburgh in 1882, Graham Brown first pursued a career in the sciences as a physiologist - his exacting father demanding the highest standards - and the results of his research, largely unrecognised at the time, now underpin current understanding of the nervous control of movement in animals and man. His mountaineering career began in earnest after the First World War. From rock climbing in the Lake District he progressed to guided climbs in the Alps, where in 1927 he was fatefully introduced to Frank Smythe with whom he made the groundbreaking first ascents of the Sentinelle Rouge and the Route Major on the Brenva Face of Mont Blanc. This resulted in an obsession with the mountain and a feud between the pair that smouldered and flared for twenty years. Ambitious, determined and uncompromising in his views, he never left others feeling neutral: Geoffrey Winthrop Young thought him `a vicious lunatic', yet Charles Houston felt closer to Graham Brown `than almost anyone else I know'. Graham Brown's life was one of turbulence in his career, relationships and in the mountains, whether on expeditions to Mount Foraker, Nanda Devi and Masherbrum, or most frequently, the Alps. Peter Foster has drawn upon diaries, letters and extensive archival research that illuminate the highs and lows of Graham Brown's scientific and climbing careers, and explores the imbalance between the significance of his achievements and the lack of recognition he received. But, above all, The Uncrowned King of Mont Blanc allows one to hear Graham Brown's voice: querulous, opinionated and, to the discomfort of his many adversaries, almost always right.
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