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Walks Through History in the Heart of England, Roger Seedhouse -  The Heart of England is rich in history, both ancient and more modern, and the twenty-four walks in this book offer the enquiring walker many intriguing glimpses of a bygone age with iron-age forts, medieval castles and even a second world war camp. Most are based on English Heritage sites, although a few others have been included because of their particular interest. Distances vary from 3 miles up to 13.5 miles (although this longer one can be divided up to create two separate walks). All of them start at, or pass through, places of historical interest which will add greatly to your appreciation of a day out in beautiful walking country. Most have good pubs en route. Published June 01
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More Walks to Wet Your Whistle in Shropshire, Roger Seedhouse - a second collection. Published May 99
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Walking with the Famous and the Infamous in Shropshire, Roger Seedhouse - How many historical characters can you name who once lived or had strong links with Shropshire?  Charles Darwin, Clive of India and Thomas Telford yes, but what about Abraham Darby and Caractacus? Those not always noted for their good natures include Judge Jeffreys, the hanging Judge, Mad Jack Mytton, Wild Edric who led resistance to the Norman invasion, Ippikin the 14th Century robber knight and Wild Humphrey Kynaston, a 16th Century highwayman. In this unique book 15 walks take you through the areas where they lived, worked, died or acted out the events for which they have become renowned - while at the same time relating the principal events of their lives. In an original and distinctive style they are written through the characters' own eyes - as if they were telling their own stories - bringing both the walks and the characters alive. Published Oct 02
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Offa's Dyke Path, Keith Carter - The Offa's Dyke Path is a magnificent National Trail that runs from the North Wales coast to the Severn Estuary following the line of Offa's Dyke, an impressive 8th century earthwork along the English/Welsh border. The ever-changing landscape - the Wye Valley, the Black Mountains, the Shropshire Hills and the Clwydian Hills - is steeped in history and legend providing 177 miles of fascinating walking. Published March 15.

ISBN: 9781905864652 - Offa's Dyke Path: Trailblazer British Walking Guide

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Pathfinder Guide Shropshire and Staffordshire, Neil Coates - Britain's best loved walking guides brings you a brand new Pathfinder Guide to Shropshire & Staffordshire Walks containing 28 fabulous walks exploring the unspoilt rural landscape of the Heart of England with its slowly meandering rivers, small market towns, old churches and thatched cottages. The walks range in length from 2.5 to 11 miles and offers something for all tastes and abilities. You can enjoy the landscape that inspired William Shakespeare and Edward Elgar, exploring woodland walks through the forests of Wyre, Arden and Needwood, hill walks including Abberley Hill and Wenlock Edge, to leisurely walks passing attractive villages such as Bidford-on-Avon and Tanworth-in-Arden. Pathfinder Guides are Britain’s best loved walking guides. Made with durable covers, they are the perfect companion for countryside walks throughout Britain. Each title features circular walks with easy-to-follow route descriptions, tried and tested by seasoned walkers and accompanied by beautiful photography and clear, large-scale Ordnance Survey mapping. Published April 12.

ISBN: 9781854586834 - Pathfinder Shropshire & Staffordshire

Glyndwr's Way, Paddy Dillon - A complete guide to walking Glyndwr's Way National Trail. This guidebook divides the 135 mile trail into nine day stages, starting at Knighton and ending at Welshpool. After day 4 there is an optional ascent of Pumlimon Fawr, which will require an extra day. Days 10 and 11 follow the Offa's Dyke Path National Trail for those who prefer a circular route. The step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by OS map extracts, photographs and lots of information on facilities available and historical points of interest along the way. Glyndwr's Way is clearly waymarked throughout and there is accommodation available at the end of every stage, listed in full at the back of the guide to make planning easier. The trail commemorates the Welsh leader Owain Glyndwr, visiting landmarks such as Powys Castle and Glyndwr's Parliament House at Machynlleth, as well as other historical and archeological sites. Published April 14.

ISBN: 9781852847326 - Glyndwr's Way

Walks Out of Shifnal, Paul Watts - Explore some of Shropshire’s forgotten countryside with this long-awaited guide book of 23 lovely walks, all starting from the centre of the lively market town of Shifnal. Using maps and detailed instructions you can now follow in the author's footsteps along the bridleways, footpaths and quiet lanes that emanate from the town's centre. Connect with the author’s love of the countryside as he points out the wildlife and wildflowers that can be seen and where. Walk where a defeated king once fled and visit a host of historic places, often way off the beaten track, including sites of flour and paper mills and an ancient nunnery. All this, and so much more, within easy walking distance of Shifnal’s centre. Published August 13.
 

A Boot Up Shropshire Hills, Bob Caddick and Bob Alton - Whether a "Sunday stroller" or a more
enthusiastic walker, Shropshire has plenty to
offer by way of varied walks, many of them taking in upland landscapes with breathtaking views Shropshire is England's largest land locked county, and you can find walks here where often you will not be troubled by another soul as well as places with delightfully cosy tea shops and pubs for those who prefer a little company. This handy book contains detailed routes and images of 10 walks in a variety of locations around the county, ranging from the dramatic hills of the south to the gentler, but no less scenic landscapes around the Shrewsbury and Shifnal areas. The walks suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area - its people, its history, and its landscape and will help first time visitors to experience some of the great scenery the area has to offer. With Bob Caddick's photographs providing visual inspiration and well researched walks compiled by Bob Alton, this work will provide expert guidance for those seeking to get out and about, but who don't quite know where to go for the best views or easiest access to the countryside.  Published March 10.

ISBN: 9781906887728 - A Boot Up Shropshire Hills

A Boot Up The Shropshire Union Canal, Mike Cope - From Brewood to Market Drayton.  Published May 13.

ISBN: 9780857100771 - A Boot Up the Shropshire Union Canal

AA 100 Walks in the Heart of England - Enjoy the best of the British countryside with this compact, and easy-to-carry walking guide offering highlights of the heart of 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. Published January 10.

 

 

Pathfinder Guide: Mid Wales and the Marches Walks, Laurence Main - Varied walks from easy strolls to exhilarating hikes - colour coded according to difficulty. Distance, timing, refreshment stops and advice included. Clear OS mapping at 1:25,000 scale. Published April 02

Pathfinder Guide: Mid Wales and the Marches Walks

Walking in the the Shropshire Hills: A Walker's Guide, David Hunter -  Taking the walker on a tour of the landscape of the Shropshire hills, this guide covers the region from deep and almost secret valleys to the windy heights of the Long Mynd. Historic Ludlow and the industrial heritage of the Ironbridge Gorge are on an itinerary to which is added the mysteries of the rocky wilderness of the Stiperstones. Offa's Dyke Path is sampled with routes along the Welsh border, while walks along Britain's longest river and completed with a return by the Severn Valley Railway. The book also delves into local history: who was Wild Edric, the Galloping Major, and did Caractacus fight his last gallant battle at Caer Caradoc? The reader is offered suggestions for many great days out and the answer to some of these questions. Published May 04. K

Kiddiwalks in Shropshire, Judy Smith - Twenty short circular walks especially designed for children including routes at Ludlow and Whitcliffe Common; Lyth Hill Country Park; and Shrewsbury's battlefield site. in colour and with maps and photographs. Published June 10. 

ISBN: 9781846741876 - Kiddiwalks in Shropshire

 

Best Walks in the Welsh Borders, Simon Whaley - From beyond Llangollen in the north to Symonds Yat near Chepstow in the south, the Welsh/English border offers some of the quietest and most remote walking in Southern Britain. There are plenty of reminders of the often turbulent history of the area to beguile the walker: Offa's Dyke, castles, abbeys, quiet villages and small towns and the relics of industrial and military activity. This book selects 35 of the best walks, including ascents of Wenlock Edge and the Sugar Loaf, and suggests routes for walkers of all ages and abilities. Published June 07

ISBN: 9780711227668 - Best Walks in the Welsh Borders

Battlefield Walks in the Midlands, Brian Conduit - 'Battlefield Walks in the Midlands' features 22 military engagements throughout the region, ranging from Charles II’s escape from his pursuers at Boscobel House, to the World War II bombing of Coventry. Each walk contains a detailed route description, historical summary, practical information, suggestions for follow-up visits, sketch maps and photographs. Published July 04

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AA 50 Walks: Shropshire - Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and these guides feature a variety of mapped walks to suit all abilities. The books feature 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.
 

Shropshire: A Dog Walker's Guide, Judy Smith - 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. The circular routes which vary in length, has information of the distance and terrain, and in an emergency, the nearest veterinary surgery. Explore the Shropshire countryside without the anxiety. Published July 11.

ISBN: 9781846742354 - Shropshire: A Dog Walker's Guide

Dog Friendly Walks In and Around Bridgnorth, Karen Lloyd - Book of 12 dog friendly walks in around Bridgnorth in Shropshire. Walks for all ages and abilities. Contains dog friendly places and each walk has a dog friendly pub nearby. Published July 12

Shropshire Teashop Walks, Judy Smith - Twenty circular walks based on good local teashops, with maps and photographs.  Limited availability. Published April 08

ISBN: 9781846740701 - Shropshire Teashop Walks

Shropshire Hill Country, Vincent Waite - a vivid account of the history and associations of its hills, houses, villages and castles. Limited availability.  Published Jan 89

Shropshire, Staffordshire and The Heart of England, Brian Conduit and Neil Coates - The Heart of England conjures up an image of a largely unchanged, unspoilt rural landscape of farmland and woodland, with slowly meandering rivers, small market towns, old churches and thatched cottages. It is a landscape that inspired William Shakespeare and Edward Elgar. The walks in this Pathfinder guide cover Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and the Worcestershire half of Hereford and Worcester. They vary from woodland walks through the forests of Wyre, Arden and Needwood, hill walks including Abberley Hill and Wenlock Edge, to leisurely walks passing attractive villages such as Bidford-on-Avon and Tanworth-in-Arden. Pathfinder Guides are Britain s best loved walking guides. They are the perfect companion for country walks throughout Britain. Each title features 28 circular walks with easy-to-follow route descriptions, all tried and tested by seasoned walkers. The routes range from extended strolls to exhilarating hikes, so there is something for everyone. Limited availability. Published September 09.

Ridges and Valleys, Book 1 Trevor Antill - 18 walks in Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire taking in well-known and some lesser known hills. The walks vary from 3 to 10 miles in length, plus a challenging 20-miler. Limited availability. Published April 92

Book II 18 walks of between 3 and 12 miles, plus a 'leg stretcher' of 17 miles. Limited availability. Published July 93

Book III
18 walks of between 5 and 14 miles, with a 'leg stretcher' of 21 miles. Limited availability. Published July 94

 

Walks in Severn Country: A Collection of Walks Exploring the Countryside Around Britain's Longest River,  The River Severn, Britain's longest river, rises on the slopes of Plynlimon in Wales and flows through the beautiful counties of Powys, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire before discharging into the Bristol Channel. From Roman times it formed an essential route for the transport of goods and served the important towns of Shrewsbury, Worcester, Gloucester and Bristol. It played a significant role in the development of Ironbridge, Britain's first industrial town. In this book the author presents an absorbing account of the geography and history of the river accompanied by twenty walks that explore some of the fine towns and countryside that the Severn passes through on its 220 mile journey to the sea. The lengths of the walks range from 2 to 12 miles, with an average of about 6 miles. Limitd availability. Published April 04 Get this book for less than half price!

AA 30 Walks Shropshire (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 June 10. 

ISBN: 9780749564469 - Shropshire

Best Shropshire Walks, Les Lumsdon - A new revised edition of this much loved guide contains 36 walks, including 12 completely new routes, located in all parts of the county. Several walks feature fine hill walking on the Welsh borders and others start from delightful villages and hamlets in Shropshire. Limited availability.  Published April 10.

ISBN: 9781850588535 - Best Shropshire Walks

Heritage Discovery Walks in the Midlands, Peter Groves - Twenty-one circular walks of between 2 and 11 miles, which, as well as taking you through some fine countryside, also present opportunities to visit castles, battlefields, nature reserves, museums, churches and cathedrals. There are also a number of excellent pubs along the way!  Limited availability. Published Sept 05 Get this book for half published price!

ISBN: 9781869922504 - Heritage Discovery Walks in the Midlands

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Shropshire Way XT40, Harvey Walkers Route. Published June 11

 

 

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LONG DISTANCE PATHS

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

EAST OF IRELAND

SOUTH OF IRELAND

 

 

 

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