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Backpacking Guides for Walking in the UK

Backpacking involves carrying all your equipment with you on a route. For those who relish the freedom and independence this brings, there can be no finer way of exploring wild places. The key to success is packing thoroughly, using lightweight gear.
 
The Skye Trail

The Skye Trail

This guidebook describes The Skye Trail, a challenging week-long trek across the largest island in Scotland's Inner Hebrides, the Isle of Skye. From Rubha Hunish in the north, the Skye Trail heads along the Trotternish Ridge and past the Cuillin to Broadford in the south. Suitable for experienced backpackers and mountain walkers.

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The Cape Wrath Trail

The Cape Wrath Trail

A guidebook to the Cape Wrath Trail, a long-distance trek through the Scottish Highlands from Fort William to Cape Wrath. The Cape Wrath Trail is a 230-mile, three-week challenge through wild and magnificent landscapes, such as Morar, Knoydart, Torridon and Assynt. Crossing such empty country, it is for the experienced backpacker only.

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The Lea Valley Walk

The Lea Valley Walk

Guidebook to the Lea Valley Walk, a 53 mile path from Luton to the Thames. The walk traces the River Lea from Leagrave, near Luton to East India Dock opposite Greenwich where it joins the Thames Path. Features an alternative finish at Limehouse and an optional tour of the Olympic Park. Split into 9 stages, the walk is suitable for all abilities.

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The Cumbria Way

The Cumbria Way

A guidebook to the 73 mile Cumbria Way, an easy long-distance walk though the heart of the Lake District National Park, from Ulverston in the south to Carlisle in the north, with good transport links to either end. The route is largely low-level but this guide offers alternative mountain days to climb some of the famous fells en route.

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The Coast to Coast Walk

The Coast to Coast Walk

Guidebook to the Coast to Coast long distance walking route from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in Yorkshire. At 190 miles (300km), this popular long-distance route can be walked in two weeks. With clear route description, maps, trek planner and accommodation guide. A separate 1:25k map booklet is included with the guidebook.

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The Book of the Bothy

The Book of the Bothy

A celebration of 26 of the author's favourite bothies, as she shares her memories of her favourite 'stone tents' all over the UK in remote and wild locations. Packed with expert advice on how to make use of these 'free, old, empty houses' from packing lists to bothy etiquette and the best walks into these remote locations.

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The Wales Coast Path

The Wales Coast Path

A single guidebook to walking the whole Wales Coast Path - 1400km (870 miles) the length of Wales from Chester to Chepstow, including Anglesey, described in 57 stages. The route passes through the Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire National Parks and many AONBs and can be linked with the Offa's Dyke Path for a complete circuit of Wales.

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The Ceredigion and Snowdonia Coast Paths

The Ceredigion and Snowdonia Coast Paths

As part of the Wales Coast Path, the Ceredigion Coast Path and Snowdonia Coast Path trace a curve of 233km (145 miles) of coastal and inland walking down Cardigan Bay. This guidebook describes a 16-stage guide to the walk from Porthmadog to St Dogmaels covering the trail between the Lleyn Peninsula and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

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Glyndwr's Way

Glyndwr's Way

Guidebook to Glyndwr's Way, a mid-Wales long-distance National Trail of 135 miles taking 9 days to walk, and 2 days (and 29 miles) to complete the loop down the Offa's Dyke Path to create a circular trail. It loops west from Knighton via Machynlleth to Welshpool and covers quiet hills, forests and rolling countryside.

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The Hebridean Way

The Hebridean Way

Guidebook to walking the Hebridean Way, a 155 mile (247km) walking route along the length of the Outer Hebrides. From the island of Vatersay to Stornoway on Lewis, the waymarked route can be walked in 8-13 days and crosses a variety of terrain including shell beaches, rugged hills and wild moor. Also includes an extension to the Butt of Lewis.

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The Two Moors Way

The Two Moors Way

Guidebook to Devon's coast to coast walk, incorporating the Two Moors Way and Erme-Plym Trail and crossing Devon from Wembury Bay in the South Devon AONB on the south coast to Lynmouth in the north coast, passing through Dartmoor and Exmoor: 116 miles through remote and beautiful countryside. Ideal for a week's holiday.

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The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail is an easy-to-follow 96 mile route that combines the best of inland and coastal walking, and one that is ideal for people new to long-distance walks. In eight detailed stages, this guidebook shows how to complete the scenic trail over a week and how to split it over a series of weekends.

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The Hebrides

The Hebrides

Inspirational guidebook to 50 varied walking and backpacking routes in the Hebrides, featuring classics such as the Skye Cuillin and the Paps of Jura, but also many lesser-known routes on Jura, Scarba, Islay, Colonsay, Rum, Eigg, Canna, Muck, Coll, Tiree, Mull, Skye, Raasay, Harris, Lewis, Berneray, North Uist, South Uist, Barra and St Kilda.

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The Severn Way

The Severn Way

The Severn Way is a 210 mile (338km) walk through the Welsh borders. Beginning at the River Severn's source in Powys, mid-Wales, this guidebook gives all the information needed to enjoy walking the route. The Severn Way meanders through superb landscapes, interesting towns and villages before finishing near Bristol, in south-west England.

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The Ayrshire and Arran Coastal Paths

The Ayrshire and Arran Coastal Paths

This guidebook describes the long distance walking route between Glenapp and Skelmorlie along the 150 mile Ayrshire coastline in 11 day stages, breaking at Ardrossan when the route circumnavigates the Isle of Arran. Suitable for most reasonably fit walkers, the route visits beautiful sandy beaches and secluded coves, open moorland and rocky trails.

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The Wye Valley Walk

The Wye Valley Walk

The Wye Valley Walk follows the River Wye for 136 miles through the beautiful and varied landscape of the Welsh borders. Typically taking 10 days to walk, the route starts in Chepstow and follows the Wye valley to the slopes of Plynlimon, Powys. The Wye Valley Walk is a perfect mix of river and hill walking, suitable for any reasonably fit walker.

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Not the West Highland Way

Not the West Highland Way

NOT The West Highland Way describes alternative routes over mountains, smaller hills or high passes to all but one of the West Highland Way's nine stages, providing alternatives away from the main roads. With add-on day trips over Ben Lomond or Beinn Dorain. Includes 2 two-day routes for warm-up trips.

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Great Mountain Days in Scotland

Great Mountain Days in Scotland

Inspirational guidebook to 50 challenging routes for mountaineers, scramblers, hillwalkers and fell runners, many long enough to backpack over 2 days, especially in winter (12 to 25 miles). A mix of classic routes and unsung gems across Scotland from Galloway to the Outer Hebrides in widely differing wild landscapes. With customised OS mapping.

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Lightweight Camping

Lightweight Camping

Lightweight Camping provides detailed tips information and advice on how to get the most out of camping light - on foot or by bike, canoe or car. From picking a campsite in the wild to coping with bad weather, tips for campers with some or no experience on gear, luggage, campsites and camping with kids.

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The Book of the Bivvy

The Book of the Bivvy

A guidebook on bivvybag skills and expeditions. Accounts of bivvybag nights and expeditions, both nice and nasty, alternate with practical chapters on lightweight kit. Finally a selection of bivvybag expeditions. Hilarious (and informative) reading! An updated second edition.

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