Dartmoor – discover the magic

Dartmeet stepping stones (Walk 36)
Devonport Leat

Devonport Leat

Dartmoor – a place of history, myths and legends.

W22 Blackingstone Rock (enhanced)

Blackingstone Rock (Walk 22)

The best way to experience its wild and wonderful moors and ancient stone villages is on foot.

Dartmoor residents and author-researchers Kate & Alan Hobbs know the moors well and are your step-by-step guides through forty wonderful walks, strolls and adventures. They know the best places to call in for a pub lunch along the route too!

 

Detailed walk descriptions, Ordnance Survey mapping and waypoints at decisions points, along with frequent timings, ensure you’ll find your way.

 

Dartmoor ponies

Dartmoor Ponies

 

Each walk is illustrated with photos taken along the route. Walks are graded for difficulty, distance, time required, ascents and descents and refreshments.

 

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Walk! Dartmoor (2nd edition) arrives on the planet 18 January 2016.

For more details look HERE.

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Dartmeet Stepping Stones (Walk 36)

 

Formentera? Where’s that? UPDATE

Just one of Formentera's perfect beaches

You’d be forgiven for not knowing the location of this little gem of an island. It’s surprisingly easy to reach and has a delightful personality all its own.

Formentera is one of the Balearic Islands to the east of mainland Spain, in the Meditteranean. It’s the little sister island to Ibiza and is only a 30-minute ferry trip away.

Here’s a few facts and figures:

  • Beaches, beaches – so many of them for such a small island and white, clean and beautiful.
  • The island had been occupied by the Carthaginians, then the ancient Romans, the Visigoths, the Byzantines, the Vandals, and the Arabs.
  • Eventually the island added to the Crown of Aragon and later became part of the medieval Kingdom of Majorca.
  • The main island of Formentera is 19 kilometres (12 miles) long and is located about 6 kilometres (4 miles) south of Ibiza in the Mediterranean Sea.

    Sant Fancesc Xavier

    San Francesc, Formentera

  • The major villages are Sant Francesc Xavier, Sant Ferran de ses Roques, El Pilar de la Mola and La Savina.
  • Formentera comprises one municipality, also called Formentera, and has a population of 9,962 (as at 1 January 2010).
  • Its land area is 83.24 square kilometres (32.1 sq mi).
  • Cars are easily hired in the port and there’s a good choice of conventional or electric vehicles. There are more electric vehicle charging points here than anywhere else in the world, given its land area.
  • Mopeds and bicycles are available to hire; the terrain is mostly flat and there are dedicated cycle lanes in some areas.
  • The island has four Martello towers.
  • Ferries to Formentera from Ibiza operate every half hour in high season.
  • A local Ibizan (eivissenc) variant of the Balearic dialect of the Catalan language is spoken in Formentera though English and other European languages are frequently heard too.

Discovery Walking Guides carried out an intensive cartographic survey on Formentera a few weeks back and design of the new Formentera Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map is well under way.

For full details about the new FormenFormentera TT Map 9781782750246 half sizetera map, click here.

 

KICKSTARTER PROJECT

How would you like to be part of the launch of this exciting new map project? For a modest pledge you can help this project to fly – and receive free maps too.

There’s still time to be a part of this exciting project.

Take a look at DWG’s Kickstarter Project here.

 

Ibiza – white beaches, azure seas, verdant pine forests UPDATE

One of Ibiza's beautiful coves (on the west coast)

Forget the tabloid image of all-night clubbing, loud music and young visitors in various states of inebriation and undress.

The real Ibiza is a beautiful place, blessed by a wonderful climate with many hours of sunshine each month.

Numerous fine white beaches and little coves tempt the swimmer and sun-worshipper, while walking/biking trails meander through wild flowers underneath a canopy of fragrant pine woods.

A few Ibizan facts:

  • Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands, in the Mediterranean east of the Spanish mainland.
  • It’s a naturally beautiful island with white sand beaches, turquoise seas and verdant pine woods, olive groves and wild flowers.
  • The island has a long history of invasion by various forces including the Ancient Romans, the Vandas, Byzantines, the Moors, the Norwegians and were finally claimed by Spain. Nowadays, the ‘invaders’ are tourists.
  • Ibiza is 572.56 square kilometres (221.07 sq miles) land area.
  • The highest point of the island is Sa Talaiassa, at 475 metres (1,558 ft).
  • The population is estimated at approximately 132,500.
  • Eivissenc, a dialect of Catalan, is spoken on Ibiza, as is Spanish. English is widely spoken in tourist areas.
  • Though renowned for its clubbing scene, there are beautiful beaches, pine woods and walking/biking routes across the island.

 

Ibiza Sunset

One of Ibiza’s beautiful coves (on the west coast)

Until now, the maps available for the island of Ibiza have been basic and without the kind of detail you need to enjoy exploring.

That’s all set to change as Discovery Walking Guides has completed their ‘on the ground’ mapping survey. Design of the new Ibiza Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map is well under way.

Click HERE for all the details of the new Ibiza map.

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 KICKSTARTER PROJECT

How would you like to be part of the launch of this exciting new map project? For a modest pledge you can help this project to fly – and receive free maps too.

There’s still time to part of this exciting project.

Take a look  at DWG’s Kickstarter project here:

Kickstarter Project

 

La Palma – the World’s Steepest Island

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Walk! La Palma – new 3rd edition
Authors: Charles Davis and Jan Kostura
ISBN 9781782750215 £12.99

La Palma is the most north-westerly and the steepest of the Canary Islands; arguably it’s the steepest island in the world.

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Views to Pico de la Nieve (Walk 29)

 

If you’re looking for a walking destination that’s wild, beautiful and unforgettable, La Palma will not disappoint.

 

Here’s a sample map section; there’s one for each of the 37 routes, along with full walk descriptions, photographs and GPS information.

 

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Pico Birigoyo, Cumbre Vieja, La Palma (Walk 7)

 

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For more information about Walk! La Palma and the companion La Palma Tour & Trail Map see Discovery Walking Guides’ website.

Click here for more information.

Walking Newsletter

Discovery Walking Guides’ latest Enews is out now – see it here:-

 

http://ymlp.com/zubvtt

Dartmoor News – New research shows Sittaford Tor as Old as Stonehenge

Walk! Dartmoor coverDid you see this interesting article in the Telegraph yesterday, 16 May 2015?

http://tiny.cc/4nsayx

Dartmoor has a long and fascinating history; this new research suggests that some areas have an even longer history than was previously understood. See for yourself – take the walk.

The weather is perfect now for exploring British walking. If you want to take a look at the ancient stone circle of Sittaford Tor then follow Walk 9 in Walk! Dartmoor. The walk is a pleasant three and a half hour circular route which includes plenty of interest including the Tor.

For more information see:-

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

Madeira: The Garden Isle – a new walking guide

Levada das Rabaças Encumeada for FacebookEnduring popular as a walking destination, Madeira remains a beautiful and breathtaking island.

Resident authors and researchers, Shirley and Mike Whitehead know it like the backs of their hands and have come up with 41 routes and trails ideal for the ‘leisure’ walker in this new publication Madeira Walks: Volume One.

The Route to Ruivo for Facebook

Volume 2 of this series will follow later in 2015 which concentrates on more challenging and high altitude routes.

All the routes are carefully described and are beautifully illustrated with images taken along each route.

Every route has its own highly detailed ‘Tour and Trail’ map section showing the route and waypoints clearly marked; research is done while carrying GPS Madeira Walks Volume One Leisure Trails cover for Facebookequipment to ensure accurate walking information.

For more information about the new book and Madeira Tour & Trail Maps and Madeira Bus Maps, take a look http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/mad.htmView from Pico Facho for Facebook

 

 

Fuerteventura Super-Durable Map is here!

Fuerteventura Super-Durable Map 2015

Fuerteventura Super-Durable Map 2015

 

Just arrived – Fuerteventura Super-Durable Map. HIghly detailed and right up-to-date and printed on a special polymer withstanding rain, wind and folding many times. The island appeals to windsurfers, cyclists, walkers and adventurers, and has miles and miles of pure, clean beaches too.

 

It’s an intriguing island with a timeless quality, the raw bones of the island shaped by a volcanic past. Unique – once experienced, never forgotten. Read more here

Aloe Vera thrives in Fuerteventura's desert conditions.

Aloe Vera thrives in Fuerteventura’s desert conditions.

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

 

 

 

 

On Fuerteventura’s east coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wind and Watersports on Fuerteventura

 

Gran Canaria – wonderful walking

Gran Canaria Towards Gui Gui (copyright Chris Kurton)Thanks to Chris Kurton who has just had a wonderful walking holiday on the dramatic Canary Island of Gran Canaria.

Here’s one of Chris’ photos taken while walking; a view from a col towards Gui Gui.

 

See the GPS record of one of Chris’ routes, a circuit of Mount Tauro, http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/695801198/share/0?lang=en

See lots more images taken by Chris while walking the island in Walking The World group on Facebook; click https://www.facebook.com/groups/discovery.walking/

And for information on maps and walking on Gran Canaria see http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/gcan.htm

 

The Sierra de Aracena – walking in Spain

Uunspoiled, green countryside near Galaroza.

Uunspoiled, green countryside near Galaroza.

Having explored Spain’s Sierra de Aracena some years back for a walking guide and map, it was interesting to see a long and enticing piece in today’s Saturday Telegraph magazine about this little-visited region:-

http://tinyurl.com/qhyqwtj

 

 

Another green and beautiful walking route, near the little town of Fuenteheridos.

Another green and beautiful walking route, near the little town of Fuenteheridos.

Spain offers so many wonderful walking regions, yet Sierra de Aracena remains little-known – which is of course, part of its charm. If you want dramatic mountains, look elsewhere. If you like wonderful green, natural walking interspersed with hamlets and little characterful towns, you’ll enjoy this area. It’s the perfect ‘get away from it all’ place.

 

The little town of Cortelazor.

The little town of Cortelazor.

If your interest has been sparked, take a look at map and walking information from DIscovery Walking Guides:  http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/sierradearacena.htm

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