A Beginner's Guide

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(3 customer reviews)

In Great Britain there are so many places where you can go to enjoy nature, the environment, the tranquility and at the same time get some exercise. Some people prefer gentle walks to really take in the details of the natural environment, others prefer challenging hikes through rugged terrain, whichever you prefer this book will provide comprehensive coverage of all the relevant issues. Walking: A Beginner's Guide has information on preparation, equipment and what to bring, planning your route, using maps and guides, walking with children, responsible walking, advice on how to observe rights of way and rules concerning dogs. There is also information on choosing the right landscape and terrain for your fitness and experience levels. Everything a novice walker will need to get started. Once you have progressed and are a little more experienced, the book provides information on hill walking, using specialist hiking equipment, avoiding injury and where the best walks in Britain can be found. There is also a section for those who are after some adventure, with information on mountain hikes, long distance trails, backpacking and wild camping! Author: James Carron

Chapter Headings 

First Steps

Be Prepared

Route Planning

Responsible Walking

Navigating a Course

Hill Skills

Stay Safe

Great Walks in Great Britain

A World of Walks

One Step Further

Help List

Book List

Author Bio 

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.

Customer Reviews...

wildrover220 -
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!


A18TTC (via Amazon) -
It is perfect as a beginners guide, not too much detail, just enough to get you going.. it is easy to read and content is just right.


Chief (via Amazon) -
This book is great, really easy to read and useful - doesn't overdo it on the explaining the basics so much that it's annoying, but covers everything you would want to know if you're not an experienced walker. Thoroughly recommend it.


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