Saturday, 27 May 2017

Walk! Dartmoor by Kate and Alan Hobbs

Walk! Dartmoor by Kate and Alan Hobbs
Published in the UK by Discovery Walking Guides in January 2016.

How I got this book:
Bought the paperback at Haytor Information Centre

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kate and Alan Hobbs have reviewed and refreshed their Walk! Dartmoor classic guide book for its new 2016 edition. 40 fully detailed walking routes with OS maps and gps waypoints for you to enjoy adventuring on Dartmoor. Walk! Dartmoor with Kate and Alan Hobbs covers walks of varying length across Dartmoor - from the dramatic high moors, gentle riversides, idyllic country lanes, unspoilt villages, to sites of ancient archaeology and former industries, and all with spectacular views. This user friendly illustrated guide has a summary of walking routes and is rated by time, effort, distance and hills, as well as the availability of refreshments en route and the vertigo risk. Each walk is described in full and there are timings listed in the book to help with navigation and progress. Walk! Dartmoor contains a 1:40,000 scale Ordnance Survey map for each route.

Hopefully as this post publishes itself Dave and I will be making good use of our copy of Walk! Dartmoor. We bought it last summer and have already done one of the walks (Number 18: Lustleigh and Becky Falls). This weekend we are camping around Buckfastleigh way so will get to see a different part of Dartmoor by following a couple of the suggested Walk! Dartmoor walks.

I like that the book has clear instructions in both text and Ordnance Survey map sections. It also includes good information about walk lengths, ascents and descents, and difficulty ratings so we can be confident that we will indeed be able to finish our chosen walk. Interesting sights and sites en route are highlighted too so we don't miss out on appreciating the significance of what (to a non-book-carrying visitor) might just appear to be a pile of stones! Bought on a whim, this book has certainly justified its purchase and I would happily recommend it to any other walkers planning to visit Dartmoor.

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