Books and Maps

This section is designed to include a summary of recently published books and mapping useful for all walkers in the British Isles. Links are provided so you can obtain further detailed information and complete on-line purchases.

Cicerone Press   

An excellent range of guides and maps produced by a publisher dedicated to outdoor activities including walking, scrambling and cycling. The following are a selection from their exhaustive catalogue. 25% off all printed guides to 30th June 2017.

Walking in County DurhamWalking in County Durham

Guidebook offering detailed descriptions of 40 day walks, plus 10 traffic-free cycle routes along old railway trackbeds. Together they cover 450 miles and spread all over County Durham to show the region's history and natural wonders. The terrain covered ranges from field paths to open moorlands, from the North Sea to the high Pennines.
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The Dales WayThe Dales Way

An essential guidebook to walking the Dales Way. This picturesque 78 mile long distance route through the Yorkshire Dales between Ilkley and Bowness on Windermere is one of the gentlest multi-day walks in Britain. The route is described in both directions, visiting Grassington, Kettlewell, Buckden, Dent, Sedbergh and Staveley en route to Bowness.
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Walking on the Isle of WightWalking on the Isle of Wight

Guidebook to 33 walking routes on the beautiful Isle of Wight, from 4 to 18 miles long. The routes are suitable for all abilities and are accessible all year round. Includes a complete circuit of the island's spectacular coast as well as walks exploring forest trails and downland, and visiting the towns of Yarmouth, Cowes and Ventnor.
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Walking on DartmoorWalking on Dartmoor

This guidebook contains route descriptions for 42 day walks in the Dartmoor National Park and its surrounding area. The walks all vary in length from 2 to 12 miles long and each route is graded by difficulty from easy to moderate or hard. Most of the walks are circular with a few longer routes that are linear and involve ascents of tors.
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Short Walks in Lakeland Book 2: North LakelandShort Walks in Lakeland Book 2: North Lakeland

This guidebook contains 57 short half to full-day walks in the northern Lake District. Walking areas include Borrowdale, Newlands, Bassenthwaite, Thirlmere, Ullswater, Haweswater and the area north of Keswick up to Caldbeck. Part of a three-volume series, and predominantly focusing on low-level walks between 2 to 9 miles, and graded for difficulty.
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Anquet Digital Mapping   Anquet Maps Logo

The excellent digital mapping suplied by Anquet is available in a range of formats. Probably the most popular with walkers are their digital format and detailed OS Explorer maps at 1:25k scale. OS Landranger 1:50k maps are also available although showing less detail. Harveys produce Superwalker maps at 1:25k and British Mountain Maps at 1:40k both offering a different style of mapping to the more familiar OS maps. Harvey maps often include additional detail, including more paths, not shown on OS mapping.

For regular walkers there are a number of packages available which offer considerable savings:

OS Explorer 1:25k Mapping of Complete Great Britain More Information
OS Explorer 1:25k Mapping of British National Parks More Information

 

A-Z Adventure Atlases - British National Parks

The A-Z Adventure Atlases provide a convenient way to carry OS maps when out for a walk. Using a handy booklet format there is no more fighting with sheet maps flapping in a gale force wind. The initial offering covers most of the OS Explorer sheets covering the British National Parks and other important areas for walking. A useful directory of place names featured in the Atlas is also included. The most popular titles are:

A-Z Adventure Atlas 1:25kLake District Northern FellsBUY ATLAS
A-Z Adventure Atlas 1:25kNew ForestBUY ATLAS
A-Z Adventure Atlas 1:25kThe BroadsBUY ATLAS
A-Z Adventure Atlas 1:25kYorkshire Dales (South)BUY ATLAS
A-Z Adventure Atlas 1:25kBrecon Beacons (East)BUY ATLAS
A-Z Adventure Atlas 1:25kBrecon Beacons (West)BUY ATLAS

Other titles include - Ben Nevis, Yorkshire Dales (South), Snowdonia, The Broads, Brecon Beacons (East & West), Surrey Hills, New Forest, Isle of Wight, Exmoor and Dartmoor.

 

A-Z Adventure Atlases - National Trails

Following the same format as the Atlases for the National Parks, this series concentrates on a selection of British National Trails. Long distance footpaths often require a number of maps to cover the route but this convenient format provides all the necessary mapping in a single booklet.

A-Z Adventure Atlas 1:25kPennine Way (North)BUY ATLAS
A-Z Adventure Atlas 1:25kPennine Way (South)BUY ATLAS
A-Z Adventure Atlas 1:25kSouth Downs WayBUY ATLAS

Other titles include Cleveland Way, Cotswolds Way, Glyndwr's Way, Hadrian's Wall Path, North Downs Way, Offa's Dyke Path, Peddars Way & North Norfolk Coast Path, Pennine Bridleway, Pembrokeshire Coast Path, South West Coast Path, Thames Path, The Ridgeway and the Yorkshire Wolds Way.

Best Read - Editor's Choice

Dark Peak WalksDark Peak Walks - Guidebook to 40 walks in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. 35 circular routes for most abilities, from 8km to 19km, around Edale, Marsden, Fairholmes, Baslow and Castleton, including Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, and 5 longer (25km to 45km) routes highlighting the best of the Gritstone Edges, High Moorland and Deep Valleys. More information

GPS Sale

Garmin GPSEnter the age of digital mapping and enjoy accurate navigation when out walking on the hills and in the countryside. Ordnance Survey's FLASH SALE is offering a wide range of GPS receivers, many with Ordnance Survey 1:25k and 1:50k digital mapping, with substantial reductions of up to £90. Information and prices go to Ordnance Survey GPS Sale

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AZ Adventure Series Maps

Convenient 1:25000 OS maps in booklet form covering the National Trails of Britain. More info.

the people's poncho

A durable, lightweight, stylish and compact alternative to traditional waterproofs ideal for walkers. More info.

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