Books and Maps There have been quite a number of new maps and books in recent months, which are outlined below.

Walks on the Wales Coast Path

Wales’ wonderful coast is expertly explored in two new series of books from Northern Eye Books. The entire linear 870-mile Wales Coast Path is covered by seven award-winning Official Guides.

Titles include: North Wales, Isle of Anglesey, Llyn Peninsula, Snowdonia and Ceredigion Coast, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen Bay & Gower, and South Wales.
For full details, see: Northern Eye Books website

There are also ten sister books in the pocket-size Top 10 Walks series for the Wales Coast Path, each of which explores the ten best short circular walks for that section. Titles include: North Wales Coast, Isle of Anglesey, Lleyn Peninsula, Cardigan Bay North, Ceredigion Coast, Pembrokeshire North, Pembrokeshire South, Carmarthen Bay & Gower, and South Wales Coast.
For full details, see: Northern Eye Books website

Ordnance Survey News

OS Explorer and Outdoor Leisure Maps continue to be the favourite maps for walking. Rumours that Ordnance Survey would no longer print them recently caused panic but proved to be unfounded. Landranger prices have however been brought in line from 1st July. Don't forget that there is extra discount for ordering 10 or more of any series (laminated series are then only £10.49 each, Explorer maps are £5.49). Why not combine an order from your walking group? Click here for full details.

Walks with Dogs

A new series of books designed with dog walkers in mind is now available from Wet Nose publishing.  Each book describes a variety of 20 stile free routes.  The 2 latest editions are Peak District North and South.   Already available are Lake District  North and SouthSnowdonia, North East Wales and Wirral and West Cheshire.

Walks with children

With summer holidays now upon us there is an attractive series of walking packs called "Making Tracks". They are designed for children to take the lead, reading the instructions &  child-friendly maps whilst looking for things of interest along the way. These packs also appeal to some third-age walkers who enjoy walking with their grandchildren, or simply like to undertake interesting walks at a more leisurely pace. The series covers four popular areas:- Peak District, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.  Adult packs of weather proof walking cards are also available. So far published are Lakeland Pack 1 and Lakeland Pack 2, Dales Pack 1 and Dales Pack 2 and Snowdonia.

Heron Waterway Maps

These colourful composite maps are not just for boating enthusiasts but are excellent for walking and cycling along towpaths. The latest issues are:
Grand Union Canal from Stoke Bruerne to Leicester (River Soar and Erewash Canal)
Grand Union Canal from Milton Keynes to London (London Ring and East London Ring)
Leeds and Liverpool Canal from Liverpool to Keighley

Harvey Maps

Harvey's XT40 lightweight waterproof maps are a popular choice particularly for long distance routes.

The Cape Wrath Trail is a challenging route from Fort William to Cape Wrath. It is around 200 miles long and passes through some of Scotland's wildest and most spectacular scenery.  The route is covered in only 2 maps.

Glyndwr's Way is a 135mile (217km) long National Trail meandering through the open moorland, rolling farmland, woodland and forest of mid-Wales.   The whole route is on one map.

Harvey Cycling maps (XT60) are now available for Coast to Coast East and West cycling route.  The original C2C Walkers Route is also covered on 2 maps (XT40) .

Holiday reading

If armchair or deckchair planning feels more appropriate than there are plenty of new books to inspire.  Whether you fancy Iceland or Devon , Vienna or EssexForest of Dean or Norfolk,  Thames Path in London or Highland Perthshire , Menorca and Sussex, there certainly is something for everyone.  Happy reading!