Read Discovery Walking Guides’ latest ENewsletter

Check out Discovery Walking Guides’ latest ENewsletter.

It’s packed with plenty of ideas for escaping winter to wonderful warm walking destinations, plus features on the Isle of Wight and Fuerteventura.

See it all http://ymlp.com/zK1jmu

Isle Of Wight Adventure Package – now released

IOW Adventure Package Cover

GPS users take note; our latest edition Walk! The Isle of Wight walks have been transformed into pdf route cards and re-packaged with ‘OSlike’ digital mapping for the Isle of Wight and gpx waypoints.

This is a great time to explore the Isle Of Wight; school holidays are almost over and there’s always the chance of some late summer sunshine.

 

Isle of Wight Adventure Package:-

Isle of Wight ‘OSlike’ Custom Map

gpx waypoints,

pdf ebook of 41 A4 pages

- all delivered as a ZIP file download for £11.99

See all the details here:-

http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/isleofwightGarmin.htm

Walk! The Isle Of Wight – new edition is here!

Walk! The Isle of WightThere’s no doubt that the Isle Of Wight is a wonderful place to visit and the best way to experience the island is on foot and by bus.

 

Walk! The Isle Of Wight (3rd edition) details 40 step-by-step walking routes, most accessed using public bus services.Walk IOW Walk 29 sample pdf 1

Each walk has its own colour OS Map, with the walking route and waypoints highlighted.

 

Here’s a sample page from the book so you can see what you’re getting:-

Good pubs (author tested) are recommended at the end of many of the routes.

See all the info here:-

http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/isleofwight.htm

Walk England Coast to Coast – a new approach to a classic adventure

Coast to Coast cover of package jpegThis classic route, pioneered by Alfred Wainwright, crosses northern England from – you guessed it – coast to coast. There are other books available – so what makes this one different?

Here’s what the author and researcher of this new take on a favourite challenge, has to say:-

“On a fortnight’s adventure with my mates Keith and Nigel from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay (July 2012) I talked to loads of C2Cers subtly asking what would make the route better. What everyone wanted was accurate navigation along the route, especially if it included ‘real time’ mapping.

There are loads of guide books about the Coast to Coast so rather than adding another book I have produced what every C2Cer wants:-
A system of accurate navigation for the whole route using ‘real time’ mapping on a Garmin gps or Viewranger phone app.

The result is a Stage by Stage guide, with alternatives, that gives you a real time mapping gps unit showing exactly where you are on the route along with the walking instructions that will ensure that you stay on the correct route.

On your Garmin, or Viewranger app, you will be on the right track every step of the way for all of the 198.5 miles (320km) from St Bees until you arrive at The Bay Hotel in Robin Hood’s Bay; where you will find the Wainright Bar with its C2C ‘sign in’ book.” David Brawn, author/researcher

A sample page from the start of the adventure.

A sample page from the start of the adventure.David Brawn, author/researcher

 

For more information go to http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/c2coast.htm

Spring! The Perfect Time Of Year For Walking In The UK

Brecon Beacons Walk 2 Crib y Garth

After a few false starts, it really is Spring in the UK. It’s a beautiful time of year to get out and about walking.

 

Here’s a bit of inspiration – the Brecon Beacons offer wonderful walking for everyone from leisure strollers to all-day-in-the-wild wanderers. Here’s a pic to whet your appetite, taken on route ‘Crib y Garth’ researched, recorded and photographed by author Bob Greaves who knows this area like the back of his hand.

 
This route climbs steadily up the Olchon Valley and returns along the narrow, most easterly, of the Black Mountain ridges which is popularly known as The Cat’s Back. The pic was taken half way along this ridge. It could be you in that landscape!

 

More info at http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/brecon%20beacons.htm

La Gomera – thanks to ‘Inspire Our Trip’

La Gomera - on Walk 31 (from Walk! La Gomera by Charles Davis). Image courtesy of 'Inspire Our Trip'.

La Gomera – on Walk 31 (from Walk! La Gomera by Charles Davis). Image courtesy of ‘Inspire Our Trip’.

‘Inspire Our Trip’ on twitter said:-

“Brilliant hike and a great day walk. Thank you Charles Davis for Walk 31.”

Charles Davis is the author of Walk! La Gomera:- see http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/walkla.htm

https://twitter.com/InspireOurTrip/status/455766577577988096/photo/1

 

 

Mallorca: Update on the GR221 – thanks Eryk Grant

These notes were sent by Eryk Grant re the GR221, while using Charles Davis’ book ‘The GR221 – Mallorca’s Drystone Way’

http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/mallGR221Spec.htm  , notably the stretch between Esporles and Valldemossa.

“Hi Charles

Walked this section last Sunday (6th April) without any problem.

The Mallorcan town of Valldemossa

The Mallorcan town of Valldemossa

There were five other walkers on the route and it looks like the obstructions placed by the landowner (notices and fence) are largely ignored. I saw no attempt to ‘repair’ the fence and it was easy to negotiate-there are cairns galore and helpful green/yellow spots on rocks. The track has not become overgrown suggesting it is really well used. There is also a shiny new GR route map in Esporles town centre showing the route going through and all the subsequent wayposts except one refer to it. I guess there may be some tacit acceptance that walking will continue and I would not hesitate to walk this part again.

 

Up by the Tossals refuge there is a fair amount of building material but not much sign that anything is happening! Last time we stayed there in 2012 we had a conversation with a Dutch couple who were using your DWG guide, and making their way based on “what does Charles say?” – your directions and supporting commentary have never let us down either and in fact have really added to the enjoyment in places.”

Thanks Erik – feedback from walkers who’ve been there is valuable both for those who come after you, as well as providing us with valuable information for new editions.

Madeira: Good news – PR1 high altitude route re-opens

The route to Pico Ruivo

The route to Pico Ruivo

Madeira’s majestic high-level mountain route, the PR1 – Vereda do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo, has re-opened to walkers.

Landslides that had damaged the route have been cleared and fencing replaced.

This is the BIG one for high altitude afficionades!

(Image, thanks to Shirley Whitehead, walking researcher and author) – see http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/mad.htm

 

Lanzarote Report (and what’s a thingy?) – thanks, John and José

Manrique's Monument to the Campesino Thingy

Manrique’s Monument to the Campesino Thingy

 

John and Jose sent this great email after their walking holiday on Lanzarote. Their comments about the Lanzarote ‘Thingys’ raised a smile!

5 April 2014

Hi there,
We just like to say how helpful the walking guide for Lanzarote (Walk! Lanzarote) has been to us.
We’re just back from this gorgeous island and `did lots of walks from the guide.

Lobster Traffic Island Thingy

Lobster Traffic Island Thingy

At times that we lost our way or got confused, it was always our own fault, misreading or misinterpreting the directions. In hindside we’d say: “it was actually in the guide!” and “Yes, they did warn us it might be confusing”.

We also enjoyed the humour in the guide. It was like having the writers winking at us, giving us encouragement.

 

We had some trouble with the name ‘Thingy’ for all the sculptural-roundabout-objects, but could not come up with a better name either, so

Lanzarote Toast Rack Thingy

Lanzarote Toast Rack Thingy

Thingy it will be now for us too ;-)

Best of luck with future guides, we will definitely look for one again on our next walking

holiday.

Kind regards, John and José (Wicklow, Ireland)

Spain’s Costa Del Sol: Sierra Almijara + Sierra Tejeda = La Axarquia

Dramatic coastlines on the Torre Caleta walk.

Dramatic coastlines on the Torre Caleta walk.

Author/researcher Charles Davis sums up this beautiful, unspoilt region thus:

Map segment for the Torre Caleta walk.

Map segment for the Torre Caleta walk.

“The Axarquía is one of Spain’s great places, and among the greatest places within it are the Sierras Tejeda and Almijara, which form the backbone both of the region and the present publication. Blessed with high summits, dizzying pinnacles, dramatic crags, deep ravines, dozens of springs, delightful rivers and the best coves on the Costa del Sol, this is an area that has something for everyone. And the only prerequisites for benefitting from all this are a desire to get off the beaten track and a set of relatively, sometimes very, sturdy legs.

If you’ve not seen them already, you can get an idea of how dramatic these mountains are from one simple fact, that the high peaks, including Lucero (1775 metres), Navachica (1832 metres) and La Maroma (2070 metres), are all within ten kilometres of the coast, rising out of the sea like a succession of immense pedestals, just waiting for humankind to enthrone whoever or whatever we find most sacred or simply most lacking in our quotidian lives.”

Axarquia; Las Cuadrillas, Walk 24.

Axarquia; Las Cuadrillas, Walk 24.

You can see a sample walk here:- http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/axarquiasamplewalk25.pdf

There’s information about the book Walk! The Axarquia (available as a printed book or as a pdf download book in A4 format) and the maps available for the region (printed, on paper and on Super-Durable material); there are also Custom Maps for Garmins for GPS users.

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