The UK's County Tops
Reaching the top of 91 historic counties
By Jonny Muir
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Inspiring guide to 82 walking routes reaching the tops of the UK's 91 historic counties in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, from Inverness-shire's Ben Nevis (1344m) to Huntingdonshire's Boring Field (80m) visiting 10 national parks and the full range of UK countryside. OS maps, colour photography, many county facts.
Seasonssuitable for all seasons; experience of winter conditions is vital for the highest mountains in the Highlands, Pennines and Lake District during the December-April period; spring and autumn are ideal times to climb Ben Nevis, Helvellyn, Pen y Fan, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, which can be very busy in summer
Centresanywhere in the UK!
Difficultywalks to suit all abilities, from 30min strolls over easy ground to day-long expeditions across high land and wild country; difficulty ratings 0-5, distances and time estimates given for each walk; no specialist equipment required for any of the routes outside winter months
Must Seethe Cairngorms, Dartmoor, the Lake District and Northumberland; following Offa’s Dyke, the Pennine Way and the Ridgeway; visiting Leith Hill Tower, Cairnpapple Hill prehistoric site and Snowdon mountain railway; crossing the Carn Mor Dearg Arete and Striding Edge ridges.
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Jonny Muir first visited the UK's 91 historic county tops in a continuous 5000-mile cycling and walking adventure over a three-month period in 2006. His first book, Heights of Madness, published in 2009, is an account of that journey. A journalist for six years at newspapers in Cheltenham, Peterborough and Inverness, he now works as an English teacher in London.View author profile
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