Posted 29th May 2015
It's Get Walking Month this May and we have rounded up our favourite five books that make walking in Britain a delight
Explore the Lake District
The first of a revised series of Alfred Wainwright's seven volume series, the Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, The Eastern Fells covers Ambleside, between Ullswater and Thirlmere, including ascents of Helvellyn, Catstycam and Great Dodd. The revised edition is a practical and detailed guidebook encompassing every map, path and route found in the Lakeland fells which have changed considerably in the 60 years since the original was published. With hand-drawn pages, featuring detailed routes, landscapes and directions, The Eastern Fells is an avid walkers' dream guide to the Lake District.
Wainwright's Walking Guide to the Lake District. Book 1: The Eastern Fells by Alfred Wainwright, published by Frances Lincoln Limited, is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £13.99.
The wonders of Wales
Covering the 131-mile stretch between Tenby and Swansea, Wales Coast Path: Carmarthen Bay & Gower has enhanced Ordnance Survey mapping, distance charts and stunning photography to help you make your way through this beautiful location in Wales. There are also sections on history, local wildlife and information for walkers to traverse the valleys, woodlands, roads and pathways of the coast. With clear starting points such as South Beach, Tenby or Llanmadoc, as well as an outline of what to expect, services available and the finishing point of your walk, Wales Coast Path is an informative guide for anyone travelling to Wales and who enjoys the fresh coastal air.
Official Guide: Wales Coast Path: Carmarthen Bay & Gower by Harri Garrod Roberts, published by Northern Eye, is available to buy from www.northerneyebooks.co.uk, RRP £12.99.
To the edge and back
Discover Britain's first National Park and scale the high, sloping plateau with deep valleys and winding ravines with Peak District: Rocks & Edges as your pocket-sized guide. Part of the Top 10 Walks series, Rocks and Edges takes you to Bamford Edge, The Roaches, Edale's Tors and Millstone Rocks, among others, giving you a thorough guide to the Peak District. Each walk is outlined with points of interest such as stunning views and what terrain to expect on your journey. Perfect on a journey to the Peak as it fits neatly in a bag or coat pocket to easily refer to along one of the 10 invigorating walks.
Top 10 Walks: Peak District: Rocks & Edges by Dennis Kelsall, published by Northern Eye, is available to buy from www.northerneyebooks.co.uk, RRP £5.99.
Around and around
Enjoy the circular walks provided by Peter Owen Jones in Pathlands, which offers 21 walks that are designed for a walker that enjoys taking in the rich landscapes and less challenging walks. Venture around Hertfordshire, Kent, South Wales,Yorkshire, Shropshire and more and use Peter's maps to stroll around the tranquil villages of Britain. Explore woodlands, rivers and fields with Peter, as every chapter describes in detail the route he takes to complete each walk and explains his experiences and the quirks each walk holds, making every one a personal journey.
Pathlands by Peter Owen Jones, published by Rider Books, is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £12.99.
Hidden in plain sight
Learn how to use the sun, stars and moon to navigate or tell the time, find out what coarse sand means and what certain plants indicate an abundance of, with The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs. Author Tristan Gooley includes more than 850 signs and clues for you to explore the outdoors with confidence. Uncover the hidden meanings of plants, trees, animals and clouds as Tristan leads you through 21 chapters, from 'Sky and weather' to 'City, town and village' and 'Snow and sand' to 'Rare and extraordinary' and everything inbetween. With both the obvious and the obscure filling the pages of this guide, The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs is a great read and travel companion.
The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs by Tristan Gooley, published by Hodder and Stroughton, is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £9.99.
By Lauren Morton