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A Boot Up Constable Country, Alan Casey - These are perfect walks for families. The River Stour gently meanders its way through the rolling Suffolk countryside. This wonderful river flows east from Sipsey Bridge four miles from its source in Cambridgeshire, along 8 miles in Suffolk and forms the county boundary between Suffolk and Essex all the way to Cattawade, its length totalling 68 miles. In earlier times this mighty river was used as a canal with barges drawn by horses along the towpath which ran along all of the river's length. The area has lost little of its romance, and walks in this book start from Bures crossing from Suffolk to Essex walking in the footsteps of John Constable, the famous landscape painter, who gives his name to this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, affectionately known as 'Constable Country'. Published May 14.
 

ISBN: 9780857100832 - A Boot Up Constable Country

 

Walking in Essex, Peter Aylmer - In this guidebook, 'Essex' means the historic county including the London boroughs east of the Lea, roughly equivalent to the post-Roman Kingdom of the East Saxons. Water, important then as now to the defender of a contested territory, defines most of its boundaries: the North Sea to the east, the Thames to the south, the Lea and Stort to the west, and the Stour to the north. Each of these has a character very different to the others, and this one fact alone gives a variety to the landscape. Within this area, so accessible from London, lie a whole range of inland and coastal landscapes, some as empty and remote as anywhere in England, and four great surviving forests - Hainault, Hatfield, Epping and Writtle. This guidebook describes the 25 best day walks right across the area, ranging in length from 4 to 18 miles, 22 circular and 3 linear, but none of them particularly hilly with the highest point in the county only 482ft. Packed with historical and geological information, these routes, in addition to the 11-stage Across Essex route, take you step by step into every nook and cranny of a surprising county. Published November 13.
 

ISBN: 9781852846978 - Walking in Essex

Essex Walks, (Pathfinder), Deborah King - The Essex landscape gently undulates, with the hilliest country in the north and west, near the Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire borders. On the marshes of Essex, for example, there is a genuine feeling of solitude that is hard to find anywhere else in southern England. Colchester, the oldest recorded town in Britain, is featured in one of the walks, and there are routes through Epping and Hatfield forests, which contain some of the finest surviving fragments of England's medieval forests. The Essex-Suffolk border is Constable Country, and walkers are guided through Dedham Vale, passing Flatford Mill and Willy Lott's Cottage. Published January 10.

 

AA 50 Walks: Essex - This guide features a variety of mapped walks to suit all abilities. The book features all of the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of Essex, and cear mapping for ease of use. Every route has been colour coded according to difficulty. All walks are annotated with local points of interest and places to stop for refreshments. Every walk is given a summary of distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, type of surface and access, landscape, dog friendliness, parking and public toilets.  Published September 13.

ISBN: 9780749574826 - Essex

 

Kiddiwalks in Essex, Laurie Page - A collection of twenty circular walks designed for children and family groups, with maps and photographs. Published May 08.

ISBN: 9781846740787 - Kiddiwalks in Essex

Walk Wild Essex, Tony Gunton - 50 Wildlife Walks in Essex and East London.  Published November 11.


 

Essex Coast Walk, Peter Caton - When Peter Caton set out to walk the Essex coast he had no idea of the beauty, wildlife and stories that he would find on the way. He takes the reader up and down the many creeks and estuaries of the longest coastline of any English county, through nature reserves, seaside resorts, unspoilt villages, sailing centres and alongside industry past and present. On the way we read of tales of witchcraft, ghosts, smuggling, bigamy and incest. We learn of the county's varied history - of battles with Vikings, invading Romans bringing elephants, a fort where the only casualty occurred during a cricket match, burning Zeppelins and Jack the Ripper. Whilst a narrative, not a guidebook, Essex Coast Walk contains a wealth of information book including many little-known facts and stories. With gentle humour to match the coastline's gentle beauty, the book makes for easy reading. Published June 09

ISBN: 9781848761162 - Essex Coast Walk

Drive and Stroll in Essex, Len Bannister - Twenty short circular routes between 2-5 miles for those who enjoy a country drive to an attractive spot for a refreshing walk. The guide includes routes near Manningree, Coggeshall, Little Dunmow, Leigh-on-Sea and Epping Forest. Published June 04.

 

 

Essex Year Round Walks, Len Bannister - The routes in this book give the walker the chance to explore the glorious countryside of Essex throughout the year. Twenty circular walks which vary in length from 2 and a half to 7 miles. Published April 12. 

ISBN: 9781846742514 - Essex Year Round Walks

Essex A Dog Walker's Guide, Len Bannister - On a fine day there is nothing quite so enjoyable for dog owners than getting out into the countryside with their pet for a leisurely walk. Once you get off your home patch though, it is hard to know where you are allowed to walk safely with your dog. Explore the Essex countryside without anxiety in this new colour book. Published June 11. 
Pocket Pub Walks, Essex, Laurie Page - This is a pocket-size collection of fifteen circular walks based on a local pub serving good food. It includes routes near Colchester, Rochford, Brentwood, Epping, Braintree and Chelmsford, with maps and photographs.  Published May 07.

ISBN: 9781846740176 - Pocket Pub Walks Essex

Pub Strolls In Essex, Ann and Norman Skinner - 30 short, carefully chosen circuits based on local pubs serving good food. Includes walks around Foster Street, Writtle, Ramsden Bellhouse, Wickham St. Pauls and Little Oakley. Full colour throughout; with maps and photographs. Published 00
 
Pub Walks for the Motorist: Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, Len Bannister, Will Martin and Geoff Pratt - Forty circular walks in East Anglia, each based on a good local pub. Includes routes at Fingringhoe, Castle Hedingham and Wendens Ambo in Essex; Colton, Gayton and Aldborough in Norfolk; and Thorpeness, Felsham and Tuddenham in Suffolk.  Published April 05.

Pub Walks for Motorists: Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk

Frontier Country - A Walk Around the Essex Borders, Brian Mooney - Essex is a county of many countries, and the authors set out on foot to celebrate its people, history, architecture and geography by walking every inch of its boundaries. Whether tramping up the Maplin Sands, stumbling across an old soldier living wild in the woods, or visiting a chapel on a lonely seawall, their story is brimming with unexpected encounters and colourful surprises. Starting in Waltham Abbey, the authors' walk takes them down the old Essex border into London, along the Thames to the marshes, rivers and creeks of the eastern seaboard and then follows the Suffolk borders to the edges of Cambridge and Hertfordshire. Back in Waltham Abbey, they complete their 500-mile circuit by walking the new, post-1964, Essex border through Epping Forest and M25 country to the Thames at Purfleet. Harris, armed with his faithful sketchpad, casts his beady eye everywhere they go; Mooney, notebook and tape recorder at hand, quickly develops a sense of humour. Published May 04.

The Rough Guide to Walks in London and Southeast England, Judith Bamber - "The Rough Guide to Walks in London and Southeast England" is the ultimate guide to walking in this richly varied region. The book is for walkers of every ability, with varied itineraries from picturesque woodland strolls in the heart of the city, to get-away-from-it-all weekend hikes through the South Downs. The routes are detailed and easy-to-follow with descriptions of sights along the way, as well as lively background features on everything from smugglers' tales to stone circles. There are great recommendations for places to eat and have a pint along the way, whether you choose a canal walk in the capital or a hike along the Ridgeway. With a full-colour introduction and accurate, easy-to-read maps, this is the must-have guide for those who aren't afraid to get their boots muddy. Make the most of your time with the "Rough Guide to Walks in London and Southeast England". Limited availability. Published January 09.

ISBN: 9781858281544 - The Rough Guide to Walks in London and Southeast England

Eastern England, AA 100 Walks. Enjoy the best of the English countryside with this compact, and easy-to-carry walking guide offering highlights of Southeast England, its regional and topographical features, plus information on footpath signing, countryside access, walking tips and safety guidelines. The 100 walks cover the area in detail, with the distance of each ranging from two to ten miles depending on the terrain and interest along the way. Town and city strolls may be shorter depending on the hinterland.  Limited availability. Published January 10. 

ISBN: 9780749564964 - Eastern England

 

 

Walks Along the Thames Path, Ron Emmons -  Featuring 25 circular walks, "Walks along the Thames Path", takes in beautiful countryside, busy towns, historic palaces and cost pubs, with nearby places of interested included as optional extras. The fascinating text reveals the architecture, flora and fauna, cultural points of interest and historical connections to be found en route. As the river meanders through varied terrain from its source in Gloucestershire through the heart of London to the Thames Barrier, Ron Emmons offers a wealth of detail. Taking in some of England's major attractions from the Royal town of Windsor and the splendid spires of Oxford, to little known villages, picturesque meadows and the sights and sounds of London. With walks to suit all interests and abilities, together with full visitor information on all public amenities en route and easy-to-follow directions and excellent route maps for each walk, this guide offers visitors to this area the opportunity to experience the delights of England's most important waterway. Limited availability. Published March 11.

For more on Thames Path - see Long Distance Paths

Walking close to Epping Forest, Clive Brown.  Limited availability. Published June 10.

ISBN: 9781907669385 - Walking Close to Epping Forest (No. 38)

Also in the series: All limited availability.

Walking Close to Chelmsford

Walking Close to Dedham Vale

Walking Close to Colne

Essex AA 30 Walks (Cards) - This original concept takes the most popular walks from the AA's best-selling and newly updated walks database and packages them on individual laminated cards in a durable box. The small and handy size means that the box can be stowed away in a pocket or handbag and single cards extracted at each walk start point. Clear and concise instructions plus a full-colour route map make the cards a joy to use. Limited availability. Published March 10. 

ISBN: 9780749564377 - Essex

St Cedd's Pilgrimage, John Merrill - 24 Mile Walk in Essex to St. Peter's on the Wall Chapel, Near Bradwell-on-Sea.  Limited availability. Published August 10.

ISBN: 9780956464477 - St. Cedd's Pilgrimage

Walks in Loughton's Forest, Short Epping Walks in and around Loughton, Chris and Caroline Pond.  Limited availability.  Published March 07.

Waterside Walks in Essex, Ann & Norman Skinner - 20 circular walks of between 2 and 6 miles. Includes the lakes in Epping Forest, the Thames at Tilbury, the River Chelmer at Thaxted, Brighlingsea Creek and Blackwater Navigation. Also contains details of nearby places of interest.  Published April 99. Limited availability.

 

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BRITAIN GENERAL

AVON

BEDFORDSHIRE

BERKSHIRE

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

CAMBRIDGESHIRE CHESHIRE
CHILTERNS COTSWOLDS
CORNWALL DERBYSHIRE
DARTMOOR DEVON
DORSET DURHAM
ESSEX GLOUCESTERSHIRE
HAMPSHIRE HERTFORDSHIRE
HEREFORDSHIRE LEICESTERSHIRE
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

OXFORDSHIRE

PENNINES

ISLE OF WIGHT KENT
LAKE DISTRICT AND CUMBRIA LANCASHIRE
LINCOLNSHIRE LONDON

NORFOLK

NORTHUMBERLAND

PEAK DISTRICT

SHROPSHIRE

SOMERSET & EXMOOR

STAFFORDSHIRE

SUFFOLK

SURREY

SUSSEX

WARWICKSHIRE

WORCESTERSHIRE

WEST MIDS/HEART OF ENGLAND

WILTSHIRE

YORKSHIRE DALES

NORTH YORK MOORS

YORKSHIRE [OTHER]

WALES [general]

BRECON BEACONS/ BLACK MTNS

CLWYD

DYFED

GLAMORGAN & GOWER

GWYNEDD

POWYS

SNOWDONIA

ANGLESEY

SCOTLAND [general]

SOUTH-EAST SCOTLAND

SOUTH-WEST SCOTLAND

ARGYLL & BUTE

STIRLING

PERTH & KINROSS, ANGUS AND FIFE

NORTH-EAST SCOTLAND
[Aberdeenshire, Moray, Cairngorms]

HIGHLANDS

ISLANDS

IRELAND [general]

NORTHERN IRELAND

WEST OF IRELAND

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