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Walking - A Beginner's Guide

By Carron, James Carron

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Format: Paperback, 154 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 September 2010
Walking is the best exercise there is. Its great for your health, cheaper than joining a gym and a fantastic way to explore the British countryside. Drawing on expert advice and many years of hiking experience, this book offers a step-by-step guide to help get you started. You dont need specialist skills or expensive kit, just some practical know-how, a little inspiration and the urge to get out there and immerse yourself in the landscape. Its easy-to-read, jargon-free approach outlines the basics for anyone who wants to walk, whether alone, with family or friends or as part of a group, and there are useful tips on minimising your footprint on nature and the environment. Sound advice coupled with graded route guides to a selection of the best walks in the country will lead you safely through some of the most spectacular scenery of Britain, from the tranquil beauty of the Lake District to the wilder corners of Scotland.

Table of Contents

Where to Wal? Buying Outdoor Ki? Route Plannin? Using a Map and Compas? Access and Conservatio? Walking with Childre? Spotting Wildlif? Learning Hill Skill? Staying Saf? Walking Abroad

Introduction. Chapter 1: First Steps. Chapter 2: Be Prepared. Chapter 3: Route Planning. Chapter 4: Responsible Walking. Chapter 5: Navigating a Course. Chapter 6: Hill Skills. Chapter 7: Stay Safe. Chapter 8: Great Walks in Great Britain. Chapter 9: A World of Walks. Chapter 10: One Step Further. Help List. Book List.

About the Author

James Carron is a freelance writer who specialises in active outdoor pursuits including hill walking, mountaineering, mountain biking, backpacking and camping. Based in Scotland, he writes for a number of walking, outdoor and travel magazines, for books and the Internet. Although James spends much of his time in the Scottish hills, he makes regular forays into other parts of the UK and overseas and has a particular passion for hiking in Eastern Europe.

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'Walking a Beginners Guide by James Carron is a useful guide for those walkers who have gained a higher level of fitness and want to increase the amount of walking they do as well as exploring other areas of the country. The safety and first aid chapters are a good reminder of the steps you need to take to stay safe while out walking, while the maps provide inspiration for longer walks across Britain. The 'help list' at the back is a comprehensive directory of all things 'walking' and holds a great deal of useful contacts and sources of information. Footnotes - Winter 2010/2011 Full of really useful advice As a novice walker looking to expand my skills, I have been searching high and low for a really useful and readable beginner's guide to walking, something that has all the basics covered. This book answered my prayers. It may not be the most glossy publication but it contains really useful info and is written in such a way that is friendly and helpful (a bit like asking a friend for advice!). The text is also nicely broken up with headings and sub-headings which makes navigating its pages very easy. Thanks to the advice on gear, map reading, navigation, etc, and the detailed route guides, it has given me the confidence to do more walking and to tackle longer routes. Highly recommended!

EAN: 9781861441010
ISBN: 1861441010
Publisher: Need-2-Know
Dimensions: 20.32 x 20.32 x 0.84 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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