End to End Trail. This guide describes a 2000km (1200 mile) route from Land's End to John O'Groats, guiding you through the very best of the British countryside. The route follows paths and tracks rather than roads, and takes to the hills and wilder country whenever it can.
Along the way the route uses parts of the South West Coast Path, the Offa's Dyke Path, the Pennine Way and the West Highland Way, all established long-distance walking trails. The other 60% of the route is fully covered by detailed route descriptions and maps, and many practical variations on the route are outlined as well.
Map showing the trail route Sample of a trail description and strip map
The Dales Way. By Terry Marsh. New fully updated edition, in full colour, with OS mapping. The only guide available which includes the route description in both directions. To be published with new Cicerone guides The Ribble Way, The Cotswold Way and The Teesdale Way.
This is a fully-updated new edition of this multi-day walk through the Yorkshire Dales and the eastern fringe of the Lake District between Ilkley and Bowness on Windermere, a total of 78 miles. This is the only guide available which describes the route in both directions. The Dales Way is one of the gentlest multi-day walks in Britain, suitable for all ages and an excellent introduction to long-distance walking.
The route makes the most of delectable Wharfedale, travelling virtually to the source of the great river before crossing into the equally delightful Dentdale. This too is followed as it fashions a lovely course through the village of Dent and on to Sedbergh, where it joins the Rawthey. From here, the Way strikes westward into the fringe of Lakeland.
The great attraction of the Dales Way is that it is rarely far from features of architectural, social, ecological or historic interest with churches, ancient bridges, manor houses, shooting lodges, Roman roads, stone circles, packhorse routes, viaducts and nature trails - the Dales Way has them all.
A Coast to Coast Walk. By Terry Marsh. A walk across the width of Northern England from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay on Yorkshire's east coast is a most popular endeavour. This is an updated new edition in full-colour. The author, working with local officers and conservation officials, has improved on the other routes by keeping strictly to rights-of-way and permitted paths and avoiding the easily eroded soft peat areas. The amount of road walking, too, has been drastically reduced, making this new route an altogether more satisfactory walk.
The guide is divided into three sections. The first gives the route description, from west to east, annotated as appropriate with notes of geological, historical, industrial, sociological and natural history interest. The second section gives the route description only in an east to west direction, cross- referenced to the west- east description for explanations of points of interest or comment. The final section contains a wealth of information of potential usefulness to the Coast to Coast walker.
Hadrian's Wall Path. By Mark Richards. A World Heritage Site, Hadrian's Wall is a famous frontier, combining striking natural landscapes with monumental remains. For the first time since the end of the Roman jurisdiction of Britannia 1600 years ago, a cohesive National Trail has beenestablished, reinstating an informal frontier patrol. Richly documented with color images, OS maps, line drawings & panoramic perspectives, this is a unique walking experience - one that every walker who truly loves England should have at least once intheir lives.
North Yorks Moors - Walks in the National Park. This guidebook offers 50 walks in seven regions throughout the North York Moors National Park, enabling walkers to discover and appreciate in turn the Tabular Hills, Hambleton Hills, Cleveland Hills, Northern Moors, High Moors, Eastern Moors and Cleveland Coast. For those walkers who like to rise to a challenge, the course of the classic Lyke Wake Walk is also offered, split over a four-day period to allow a more leisurely appreciation of the moors as it stretches across the national park from east to west. There are almost 750km (465 miles) of walking routes described throughout this book, though the North York Moors could easily furnish many more splendid and enjoyable routes.
Maps recommended by the author:
Outdoor Leisure map #26. 1:25,000. Western half of the Park.
Outdoor Leisure map #27. 1:25,000. Eastern half of the Park.
The Cotswold Way. By Kev Reynolds. The 102 mile route between Chipping Campden & Bath meanders through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one of the best-loved regions of lowland Britain. This route is described in both directions.
South West Coast Trail hiking guide. June 2006. The South West Coast Path is described from Minehead to Poole. The tradition of walking the route anti-clockwise has arisen because in this direction there are more miles with the wind and weather behind you than against you.
To assist forward planning of both day walks and continuous long-distance hikes, the guide divides the coast path into sections, beginning and ending where there are amenities for refreshment or accommodation (or access inland to them).
Each section begins with a summary of its length, the kind of terrain and gradients to be expected, along with details of amenities and access points. An attempt has been made to grade the walking for difficulty, although such an exercise will always be subjective.
Whether your coastal journey is a modest jaunt or a long-distance trek, you will surely gain new perspectives, a sharpening of the senses and a fuller appreciation of the interplay between nature and the hand of man.