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Victorian Walks on the Isle of Wight, Andrew Gill - In the late 19th century, Britain’s middle class enjoyed greater leisure time and disposable income than previous generations, enabling families to travel further afield for day trips and holidays. The Isle of Wight was easily accessible from southern England by taking a train to Portsmouth or Southampton and then crossing the Solent by ‘steamer’ to Ryde or Cowes. The transport network on the island was well-developed and it was possible to reach almost every town and village by train, horse-drawn coach or coastal ferry. Detailed guide books were available to help tourists make the most of their visit and this 53 page booklet reproduces text from ‘Black’s Guide to the Isle of Wight’, published in 1883. It includes information about transport services but the author assumes that readers will walk to the ‘attractions’ he describes, taking in the scenery as they ramble. Accordingly, he explains where to go, how to get there, what to look for and provides the history of places visited. This booklet covers the north and west coasts and most of the central, inland area. Book 2 focuses on the south coast from Freshwater Gate through Brixton, Chale, Ventnor, Shanklin and Sandown to Brading. The nine photographs are from the Keasbury-Gordon Photograph Archive and date from the 1880s to the 1920s. The text is remarkably detailed and enables us to travel back in time to visit this delightful, historically important, British isle. Published July 15.

Victorian Walks on the Isle of Wight Book 2, Andrew Gill.  Published July 15.

Walk! The Isle of Wight, Martin Simon - Confidently explore the Isle of Wight's amazing variety of beautiful and varied scenery with Martin Simons' 40 fully detailed walking routes suitable for a wide range of ages and fitness levels. Each route's itinerary includes: - walking route summary - ratings for Effort, Time, Distance, Ascents/Descents, Refreshments and Vertigo risk - access details for bus and car users - fully detailed walk description, including frequent timings to aid navigation and check your progress - GPS Waypoints at every key point on every route for pin-point navigational accuracy - full colour OS map of each walk with the route and waypoints highlighted - short walk and stroll alternatives. Routes are linked to public bus services with a 'bus return' on the linear walking routes.   Published September 14.

ISBN: 9781782750024 - Walk! The Isle of Wight

 

The Compete Isle of Wight Coastal Path, Brian Smailes - The essential guide to help you complete this walk.  Published February 15.

Walking on the Isle of Wight, Paul Curtis - 34 walking routes on the beautiful Isle of Wight, ranging in difficulty from easy to strenuous and from 4 to 17 miles long. The routes are suitable for all abilities and are accessible all year. They cover the spectacular coast as well as cross forest trails, marshland and downland, and visit the tranquil towns of Yarmouth, Cowes and Ventnor. Published April 13.  K
 

ISBN: 9781852846619 - Walking on the Isle of Wight

 

Isle of Wight Short Walks, David Foster - With its wide-open river estuaries, dramatic cliffs and rolling chalk downland, the Isle of Wight offers some of Britain's most varied scenery. Away from the bustling seaside resorts, you'll find pretty lanes and thatched villages waiting to welcome you - and, it's said, there's a pub for almost every square mile on the island. Over 500 miles of carefully maintained footpaths offer plenty of scope to explore the island's unique attractions. The guide features historic buildings like the remarkable 14th-century lighthouse near Chale, Bembridge windmill and the town hall at Newtown, which dates from the days of England's infamous rotten boroughs. Published March 10. 

ISBN: 9781854585226 - Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight - North to South, East to West, Brian Smailes - The Isle of Wight is a paradise for walkers and these two routes across the island north to South and East to West are no exception. The North to South route begins in Cowes with a gentle meander alongside the river Medina to Newport. It then passes Carisbrooke Castle, rising near Niton before the final descent to St. Catherine's Lighthouse. Starting at Bembridge the East to West route takes you past windmills, waxworks and watermills ascending to a spectacular finish at the needles.  Published February 02.

 

Walking the South Coast of England, David Bathurst - A Complete Guide to Walking the South-facing Coasts of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire (including the Isle of Wight), Sussex and Kent, from Lands End to the South Foreland. Every year, people flock to England’s south coast to visit heritage sites or simply to relax on the beach. But to see the real beauty that these glorious counties have to offer, pick up this detailed guide to some of the best walking in Britain. David Bathurst has walked 650 miles of coast, taking in breath-taking natural landscapes and significant landmarks on the way. With rugged cliffs and ancient cathedral cities, historic ports and wonderful wildlife, there’s something for everyone; whether you’re a seasoned hiker ready to take on the entire walk, or a summertime stroller who wants to experience this rewarding ramble in smaller doses. Published May 08. Limited availability.

Walking the South Coast of England

Pub Walks in Hampshire and the I.O.W, Mike Power.  Limited availability. Published June 99.

Pub Walks in Hampshire and the I.O.W.

 

Best Tea Shop Walks on the Isle of Wight, Jacqui Lee. Published January 11. Limited availability.

ISBN: 9781850588931 - Best Tea Shop Walks on the Isle of Wight

 

AA 30 Short Walks in Hampshire - Handy pocket-sized box of 30 short walking routes in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight. Contained within the box are 30 cards each with a short walking route, so you can easily take it with you on the walk for reference. All of the walks featured are between 1 and 4 miles long meaning they can be tackled in a morning or afternoon. Key panels give details on distance, gradient, difficulty, surface and other practical advice.  Published August 11. Limited availability.

ISBN: 9780749570491 - Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

A Walker's Guide to the Isle of Wight, Martin Collins & Norman Birch -The Isle of Wight contains some of the finest countryside walking in the whole of the UK, with much to offer, whatever your ability. The Island's concentration of diverse landscapes, historical sites, Victorian seaside resorts and sleepy villages, in an area measuring only 13 miles (21 km) by 23 miles (37km) at its widest point, means that although distances are large enough to provide a challenge, even short routes never lack variety. This manageable scale combined with a good infrastructure of footpaths and bridleways make it a ramblers paradise - not to mention the island's enviable sunshine record. These walks have been specially devised to take advantage of the island's most outstanding scenery and amenities. This book contains 32 walks of varying standards, comprising "Ten of the Best Island Walks", "The Official Trails", "The Coastal Path", "The Vectis 8 Trail" and "12 Short Walks", plus useful addresses. Limited availability. Published September 00.

AA 40 Short Walks in Hampshire and The Isle of Wight - This compact and handy guide to short walks in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight features walks between one and four miles long which can be covered in a morning or afternoon. There is an introduction for each walk giving background on the area, it's history, wildlife and other points of interest; plus key information panels providing a summary of distance, time, gradient and ascent, level of difficulty, type of surface and access, landscape, dog friendliness, refreshments, parking and public toilets. Each walk has a highly detailed map and clear, easy-to-follow route directions.  Published June 11.  Limited availability.

ISBN: 9780749569037 - Hampshire & the Isle of Wight

Hampshire and The Isle of Wight AA 50 Walks - Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and this guide features a variety of mapped walks to suit all abilities. The book features all the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, as well as other local points of interest. All walks are annotated with places to visit along the way, including tea rooms and pubs, with extra details on their character and the food on offer. 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 February 09.  K Limited availability.

ISBN: 9780749560539 - Hampshire and The Isle of Wight

 

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A-Z Isle of Wight Visitors Atlas & Guide. Published July 11

AA Walkers Map The Isle of Wight - 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: 9780749573232 - Isle of Wight

AA Leisure Map The Isle of Wight - 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

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