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Sammy's Walks 2016: Dog Walks in the Forest of Dean, Cheryl R Mayo and Sammy - The Forest of Dean is a favourite haunt of dog walkers, with miles of tracks and paths to explore. Its very size however also makes it rather daunting for newcomers. This 3rd edition has been expanded to include two longer walks (by popular demand) and a list of ten very short, easily accessed walks (also by popular demand). There are a number of new walks as well, including a short but interesting ramble which takes in much of the Sculpture Trail - perfect for visitors. With walks ranging from 2 to 13 kms in length, you can relax while exploring different parts of the Forest.
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Meandering in Gloucestershire, John Coombes - Meandering in Gloucestershire contains ten easy to follow walks with access to start and clear walking pattern to follow. There are photos of areas you visit, there are woods, green lanes, tracks and quiet country lanes to walk down through villages and hamlets. Gloucestershire is the land of the Cotswolds with its open valleys. When high up on the hills the meadows look like a work of art, with its fields looking like a fine tapestry worked on the back drop of green fields. There is the sweet scent of wild flowers lingering in air and the only sounds are from bumble bees and the gentle trill of the song birds. The colourful crops are like the painters palate with every colour you can think of all around you giving a warm glow as you stroll through the country side. One of the walks is in Slad which forms part of the Golden Valleys along with Cam, Nailworth, Painswick and Chalford with Stroud as the industrial centre of the Cotswolds. Laurie Lee poet and author came from Slad with its most famous book being Cider with Rosie. Laurie Lee said about the area - Greener and more decently lush than is decent to the general herbaceous smugness of the English country side. Published January 15. Meandering Pub Walks in Gloucestershire, John Coombes - This book contains ten easy to follow walks with clear instructions as to access where to start, type of pub and opening times, all the walks are circular and they range in distances from 2 miles to 5 miles depending on how far you want to walk. There is also a walk time but this is just a guide to estimate if you can do the walk before closing time?  Published September 15.
Cotswold Way: National Trial Guide, Anthony Burton - Following the limestone escarpment on the Western edge of the Cotswolds, the 102 miles of the Cotswold Way take the walker through a quintessentially English landscape as varied as it is beautiful. Starting and finishing among the golden Cotswold stone of Chipping Camden and Bath, and affording stunning prospects of the Malvern Hills, the Forest of Dean and even the Black Mountains in Wales, it winds through rolling farmland, magnificent beech woodlands, and up over the austerely beautiful Cleeve Hill with its panoramic views out over Cheltenham and far beyond. With a wealth of historic interest, from Neolithic burial mounds to Roman villas and country houses, this is genuinely a walk through the heart of England. Published May 16. 

ISBN: 9781781315705 - Cotswold Way

 

Walking in the Wye Valley, Mike Dunn - This guidebook includes 30 day walks in the stunning and varied lands of the Wye Valley. From its source on Plynlimon in the Welsh Cambrian mountains, down along the Wales-England border through Hay-on-Why, Hereford and Chepstow to the Severn Estuary. The routes in this guide are circular, and range in length between 5 and 15km. Every route description is accompanied by an annotated OS map, and includes details on points of interest along the way to enhance your wandering. The Wye Valley is known for its beauty and wide range of scenery; a walkers' paradise at any time of year. From the high moorland near the source, down through gentle green hills, before diving into the woods and limestone gorge near the sea. Practical details such as the amount of ascent and timings information are included for every walk, as are details on public transport and parking facilities. Other useful information on the river's history, geology and wildlife ensure that this is an ideal companion to exploring the impressive range of walking the Wye Valley offers. Published February 15.

ISBN: 9781852847241 - Walking in the Wye Valley

Cheltenham Heritage Walks, David Elder - The best way to explore a town is on foot accompanied by an expert guide. In this comprehensive set of illustrated walks catering for all abilities, the different strands of Cheltenham's rich heritage are woven together to create a rich tapestry with unique and fascinating insights which will surprise locals and inspire visitors. Cheltenham has never been stuck in the past. It goes back a long way, well before George III s visit secured it as a most fashionable place for the beau monde to visit. However, it has also constantly reinvented itself as a place of learning, of music, of sport, of tourism and leisure, not to mention its attraction as a place for business and work. Indeed, Cheltenham could almost claim 'city status', such is its importance and influence in certain fields. Walking around this town is the best way to appreciate where the town has come from and how it has moved with the times. Where else could you find Assembly Rooms (now a bank) that once hosted concerts by Paganini and Liszt, and performances by Dickens, Wilde and Thackeray? Discover Cheltenham's many secrets and treasures, and learn the fascinating history behind them with this handy walking guide. Published June 14.

ISBN: 9781445622439 - Cheltenham Heritage Walks

 

Pub Walks for Motorists, Bristol and Bath, Somerset and Gloucestershire, Nigel Vile - Forty circular routes around this popular walking area, each based on a good local pub. Includes routes around the Quantocks, the Mendips, the Severn estuary and the Cotswolds.  Published June 05.


Pub Walks for Motorists: Bristol & Bath, Somerset & Gloucestershire

 

Walking in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, Alistair Ross - Features 20 walks suitable for all abilities. Published March 10.

ISBN: 9781902302775 - Walking in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

 

Walking in the Forest of Dean: 25 Routes in the Royal Forest, Mike Dunn - A guidebook to 25 walks with all the information needed to enjoy a range of walks in the vales and glades of the ancient Forest of Dean. From short 4-mile walks to all-day sections of long-distance trails such as the Offa's Dyke Path and Gloucestershire Way, this guide is the ideal companion to exploring the forest and its unique history. Published May 13. 

ISBN: 9781852846893 - Walking in the Forest of Dean

Walks in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire: 3 Choirs Counties, Roy Woodcock - A collection of 30 walks split across the 3 choirs counties, which can boast attractive scenery ranging from the stone villages of the Cotswolds to the flat lands alongside the Severn and extensive woodlands of the Forest of Dean. Published August 11.

ISBN: 9781850589013 - Walks in Herefordshire and Worcestershire

The Wye Valley Walk - The official guide to walking the Wye Valley Walk 136 miles through the borders from the coast at Chepstow to Hafren Forest and the source of the river. Easy walking on good paths through densely wooded gorges, riverside meadows and open moorland, passing sites such as Tintern Abbey, Goodrich Castle and Hay-on-Wye. Published June 11. 

ISBN: 9781852846251 - The Wye Valley Walk

Wye Valley: 40 Hill and Riverside Walks, Ben Giles - From the broad riverside meadows of the Herefordshire plain to the soaring limestone cliffs of the lower gorge near Chepstow, from the industrial heritage of the Forest of Dean in the east to the far-reaching views of the Trellech plateau in the west, Ben Gilesís 40 circular routes offer a refreshing introduction to the picturesque landscape of the Wye Valley, one of the most varied places in Britain to explore on foot. Published June 09

Gloucestershire & Forest of Dean Walks, John Abbot - 10 circular walks of between 4 and 8 miles. Includes Tewkesbury, Stanton, Gloucester and Ruardean.  Published June 96.

AA 50 Walks: Gloucestershire - Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and this guide to Gloucestershire features 50 mapped walks from two to ten miles, to suit all abilities. The book features all the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of the area, and clear 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 March 14. 

 

 

Herefordshire and The Wye Valley Short Walks, Neil Coates - This new revised and updated edition of Herefordshire & the Wye Valley Short Walks from Pathfinder is even better than ever. The walks explore many of the county's facets. Herefordshire is renowned for its hop-yards and cider-apple orchards, threaded by peaceful footpaths, lanes and byroads amidst rich pastures and wooded limestone ridges grazed by the famous terracotta-coloured cattle. But the county also has a wild side; the huge sandstone wall of the Black Mountains rises in the west, the Forest of Dean and the remarkable Wye Gorge fringe the south and the Malvern Hills offer a dramatic eastern boundary. With walks in and around villages, modest strolls to farmyard chapels, Wye-side meadows and windswept hilltops and longer walks into the more remote corners of this undiscovered county. Crimson Short Walks are the ideal companion to short walks for all ages. Perfect for families, weekend breaks or anyone looking for a short walk option, this series of over 30 guides contain the best 20 circular short walks in each area. Published February 09.

ISBN: 9780711738584 - Herefordshire and the Wye Valley

Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Walks Pathfinder Guide, Jarrold - The Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean are linked both by geography the forest forming the eastern rim of the valley for much of the Wye's lower reaches and by history, since they share a common heritage as a border between England and Wales. The imposing ruins of medieval castles in the area are a striking reminder of ancient warfare in the area. This guide focuses on the middle and lower sections of the Wye Valley, roughly where the river leaves its upper reaches in mid-Wales to enter Herefordshire. Hay-on-Wye, Hereford and the walled town of Chepstow are also covered, as is the classic view over the winding Wye Valley from Symonds Yat. Published June 11.

ISBN: 9781854585707 - Pathfinder Wye Valley & Forest of Dean

 

War Walks: Stop Line Green (SLG), Major Martin Green.  The SLG was a continuous linear defensive position some 100 mile long running in rough semi circle east of Bristol from Highbridge on the Bristol Channel in the south to Upper Framilode on the River Severn in the north. This book gives a guide to 11 walks of SLG of between 1 and 5 miles.  History, photographs and walks around World War II defences.  Published October 99.

Cirencester in Stone - A Town Trail, Joe McCall and Philip Copestake.   Published October 08.

Railway Walks, Circular Walks along Abandoned Railway Lines in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire, M. MacSorely - Abandoned railway lines can offer rewarding walks through the heart of the countryside, away from roads and traffic, rich in flora and fauna and littered with examples of Victorian civil engineering. This book features 12 of these walks throughout Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.  Published June 03.

 

Wysis Way, Offa's Dyke to the Thames Path, - Gerry Stewart - linking the Rivers Wye, Severn and Thames and two National Trails, Offa's Dyke Path and the Thames Path. From Monmouth the Wysis Way runs for 55 miles to the Isis, the infant River Thames, rising from the limestone high in the Cotswolds.  Published January 98.

THE WYSIS WAY

 

The Cotswold Trail Companion, J M Roland - This guide gives all the practical information needed to help to plan a walk on the Cotswold Way National Trail including which maps and guide books are available, how to get there, contacts for providers of tourist information, organised holidays and luggage transfer, and comprehensive details about accommodation and local services including pubs, cafes, banks village shops etc. The guide also gives information to help you to plan how far to walk in a day including charts to help you work out how far it is from one place to another, a brief descriptions of each of the 15 sections of the trail, with an overview map, and charts indicating the gradients on that section. Published April '07. Limited availability. This Companion is not designed as a route guide, and for books detailing information about the Trail route itself see Cotswolds books

ISBN: 9780955542206 - The Cotswold Way National Trail Companion

Cheltenham Circular Footpath, Reardon Publishing - A 25 mile walk which has been divided into 12 parts, each with its own map and notes. Published June 96.

CHELTENHAM CIRCULAR FOOTPATH GUIDE

 

AA 30 Walks Gloucestershire - 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. Published July 10. Limited availability.

ISBN: 9780749564391 - Gloucestershire

 

Cotswold Way - Two Way Description, Kev Reynolds - This is the most up-to-date guide to the National Trail. The route is described in both directions, giving the walker a choice of start and end locations This is the third edition of this guide to the 102 mile route (recently designated a National Trail) between Chipping Campden and Bath. The route meanders through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one of the best-loved regions of lowland Britain. The path follows the Cotwolds down their western edge with dramatic and far-reaching views across the Severn Vale towards the Welsh hills. Beginning in handsome Chipping Campden, not only does the route explore the sheep-grazed escarpment, it plunges down the scarp slope on numerous occasions to visit the honey-coloured villages and old market towns for which the district is justly famed, and ends in the World Heritage City of Bath. This new edition takes account of improvements made to the route since its launch as a National Trail, and is the perfect companion to a memorable long walk. Limited availability.  Published July 07.

The Cotswold Way: Two-way National Trail Description (British Long-distance Trails S.)

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Cotswold Way: Chipping Campden to Bath, Tricia and Bob Hayne - Practical walking guide with 49 large scale maps (1:20,000). Includes detailed accommodation guide, pubs and restaurants and full public transport information. With 5 town plans and 44 walking maps - at just under 1:20,000 - showing route times, gradients, where to stay, interesting features: includes GPS waypoints. Itineraries for all walkers - whether walking the route in its entirety over 7 - 8 days or sampling the highlights on day walks and short breaks. Practical information for all budgets - Chipping Campden through to Bath: where to stay (campsites, hostels, B&Bs, pubs and hotels), where to eat, what to see. Limited availability. Published June 12.

ISBN: 9781905864485 - Cotswold Way

 

The Donnington Way, Colin Handy - As seen on Central TV's "HEART OF THE COUNTRY" by Gloucestershire's Chief Inspector for Crime prevention. Written by Colin Handy this book covers in a circular walk "The DONNINGTON WAY". The walk links all the real ale Donnington Inns together in one long walk (which can be broken down into several shorter walks). Donnington Brewery brews real ale in the heart of the Cotswolds. To many Donnington means more than just a good beer more a whole way of life. This guide can be used in several ways, a long walk of 62 miles for the keen rambler, shorter walks between nearby Inns for a Sunday afternoon stroll, history book of Donnington brewery and its Inns with lots of photographs and drawings, list of accommodation and food available in real ale Inns in the Cotswolds, stocking filler for the real ale drinker, and lastly a souvenir and guide book to the Cotswolds. Limited availability. Published February 92.

Paws Under the Table, Helen Peacocke and Sue Mynall - 40 dog friendly pubs and walks from Oxford to The Cotswolds.  Limited availability. Published April 09.

 

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AA Leisure Map Gloucester and the Forest of Dean - A brand new range of 30 AA sheet maps utilising the 1:50,000 data supplied by the Ordnance Survey. The Leisure series uses optimised map coverage centred on the more popular areas of the country for leisure activities, including towns and rural areas. This map has the familiar look and style of OS mapping, with improved coverage of the featured areas. Published April 12

AA Leisure Map Gloucester and Tewkesbury. Published April 12

AA Walkers Map Wye Valley and Forest of Dean - Covering an area of 50 sq km and with a large scale of 1:25,000, this map has the familiar look and style of OS mapping, with improved coverage of the featured areas. Aimed at outdoor enthusiasts in particular, the level of details ensures nothing gets missed and you won't get lost. Published April 12

ISBN: 9780749573362 - Wye Valley and The Forest of Dean

Walkers Map Gloucester and Cheltenham. Published April 12

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