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Just starting out

Books for those new to walking

Rocky Rambler's Wild Walks – routes in the Lake District for the young hillwalker!


Books with easy routes in the best walking areas of the British Isles

Day walks

In general, for easier walking routes look for the guides with green covers under the 'British Walks' guides area of our website. Walks vary from short gentle strolls to longer routes. Just select the region you are interested in and browse the books.

For some walks for all the family, try the range of books by author Jack Keighley. These are hand-drawn, with illustrated sketch maps, and step-by-step stages describing the routes.

There are guides to most areas of the UK, but if you are planning to travel for a walking holiday, you can find wonderful walks and scenery all over the country. Easy walking can be found on many of our coast paths, including Pembrokeshire, sections of the South West Coast Path, The Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Kent and Sussex, and the north-east and north-west coasts.

If you are fairly fit already then more challenging walking can be found in the upland areas – more challenging, but very rewarding. These areas include the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Pennines, Snowdonia and The Lake District.Just select the region and browse the books available.

Scotland has possibilities for all grades of walker, from short easy walks in the Ochils, Campsie and Lomond Hills, near Glasgow, Perth and Edinburgh, or on the Pentland hills near Edinburgh, to the toughest long-distance walks and climbs available in the UK.

Multi-day walks

You may want to try walking a trail over the course of several days. Trekking in the British Isles or further afield can make for an incredibly enjoyable and satisfying holiday, as you move through the landscape staying in different places each night. Easy National Trails to get started on are The Ridgeway and The Peddar's Way (found in the Greater Ridgeway guide), The South Downs Way, Hadrian's Wall Path, The Thames Path and The Cotswold Way. Find out more about walking the Cotswold Way – a Kev Reynolds article. You might also want to consider The Dales Way as an easy introduction to long-distance walking, or The Tour of the Lake District – a week-long walking tour with lots of accommodation suggestions which need not cost the earth. Find out more about the Tour of the Lake District by someone who recently used the guide.

Most of the easier National Trails will be fine for the family too – making for a very different and exciting active holiday for anyone around the age of nine or ten, right through to mid teens.

Click here for information on backpacking in our resources section.

Click here for general advice on clothing for walking and trekking

Click here to get Paddy Dillon's expert tips on keeping your pack as light as possible


Books on skills and techniques for hillwalking

The Hillwalker's Manual – a good all-round handbook
Map and Compass – Navigation skills in an easy, step-by-step approach, from beginners to night-nav. Fun and easy to follow.
Navigation – a popular mini-guide.

Books for the novice scrambler and climber

The Hillwalker's guide to Mountaineeringdeveloping your skills for situations where you need to put the rope on, and wear a helmet! Currently out of stock, but register your interest, and we will email you when it is next available.
Rock Climbing
basics for beginners and those wishing to improve or refresh their knowledge and techniques
Sport Climbing
aimed at beginners and experienced sport climbers. It covers all the technical skills needed to climb bolted sport routes.
our guides have a wide selection of graded routes. Always start with the easier grades so you can develop your skills.

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