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22 Walks Around Fort William - Brian Smailes http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/22-walks-glencoe.jpg

This great little guide from Challenge Publications that gives you lots of ideas for walks, both easy and more challenging, in and around Fort William and Glen Coe. From 2 -12 miles in length

Trekking in Ladakh http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/trekking-ladakh-ss17.jpg

This Cicerone Guide to trekking in the Ladakh region of the Himalayas, covers eight treks in the Ladakh, Zanskar and the Markha Valley of north India, including details on combinations and alternative routes

Walking on Gran Canaria http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/gran-canaria-ss17.jpg

Gran Canaria, one of the larger Canary Islands is a hugely popular spot for tourists, but offers many peaceful, rural areas perfect for walking. This guide features 45 day walks on the island

Ski Touring and Snowshoeing in the Dolomites http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/ski-tour-snowshoe-dolomites.jpg

This Cicerone Guide features 50 ski touring and snowshoeing routes in the Italian Dolomites. With a variety of graded routes to suit all abilities, this is the essential guide to explore this winter wonderland

The West Highland Way http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/whw-ss17.jpg

One of the UK's most iconic treks; this Cicerone guide gives you all you need to know to complete the West Highland Way National Trail, from Milngavie to Fort William. 

Mountain Walking in Snowdonia http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/snowdonia-mountain-walking.jpg

Featuring 40 of the very best routes, Mountain Walking in Snowdonia by Terry Fletcher is a indispensable reference for anyone looking to explore the high peaks of the stunning North Wales landscape

Walk The Langdales - Bill Birkett http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/walk-the-langdales-birkett.jpg

With 20 walks around the Great Langdale, Little Langdale, Chapel Stile, Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge, this informative walking guide has walks for all abilities. 

Ben Nevis and Glencoe: 100 walks in Lochaber http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/ben-nevis-glencoe.jpg

This guidebook contains 100 walks around Ben Nevis and the popular Lochaber area. It includes classic mountain days like the Carn Mor Dearg Arete and the Aoanach Ceagach Ridge.

Walking on the Brecon Beacons http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/brecon-beacons.jpg

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Mountain Adventures in Maurienne http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/maurienne-mtn-adventures.jpg

The Haute Maurienne in the French Alps is an adventure playground with climbing, walking, cycling (both on and off road), Via ferrata and multi day treks. This guide will give give you lots of inspiration for things to do in this amazing area

Walking the Forest Bowland and Pendle http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/forest-bowland-pendle.jpg

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Walking on La Palma http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/la-palma.jpg

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Walking in Northumberland http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/northumberland-walking.jpg

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Via Ferrata in the Italian Dolomites - 2nd Volume http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/vf-dolomites-2.jpg

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Skye Scrambles - SMC http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/smc-skye-scrambles.jpg

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Trekking In The Alps http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/trekking-in-the-alps.jpg

Trekking in the Alps is an inspirational guidebook to 20 classic treks in the Alps. As well as introducing new hiking areas in the Alps, classics such as the Tour of Mont Blanc, and Chamonix to Zermatt are included.

The Great Glen Way http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/great-glen-way.jpg

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Southern Upland Way http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/southern-upland-way.jpg No Description Available
Walk Windermere and Hawkshead - Bill Birkett http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/walk-windermere-birkett.jpg

Right on our doorstep, this beautiful area offers some fantastic easy and moderate grade walking. Local legend Bill Birkett shares his unrivaled knowledge with some of the very best walking routes described here

Walking the Munros Vol 2: Northern Highlands and Cairngorms http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/munros-vol-2-north.jpg

This second volume of a two-part series of guides to the Munros details routes to 145 Munros in the Cairngorms, northern highlands (north of the Great Glen) and Skye.

Walks in the Engadine http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/engadine.jpg

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Walking in Italys Stelvio National Park http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/stelvio.jpg

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The Dales Way - Terry Marsh http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/dales-way.jpg

This picturesque 78-mile route through the Yorkshire Dales between Ilkley and Bowness on Windermere is one of the gentlest multi-day walks in Britain. An excellent introduction to long-distance walking

Trekking in Ladakh http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/ladakh.jpg

The Ladakh region, in northern India, is a remote and wild environment where trekking is extremely challenging, but for adventurous trekkers it's the perfect destination.

The Pyrenees http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/pyrenees.jpg

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Walking in Austria http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/austria-walking.jpg

A guide to walking in the beautiful Austrian Alps by alpine trekking authority, Kev Reynolds.

Tour Of Mont Blanc http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/tour-of-mont-blanc.jpg

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Walking on the Isle of Arran http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/arran.jpg

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The National Trails - Paddy Dillon http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/national-trails.jpg This inspirational guidebook, by Paddy Dillon, looks at each of the UK's 19 National Trails. Presenting the information in a way that allows ease of comparison and contrast, with practical details to help you plan your walk
The Way of St James - Spain http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/st.-james--spain.jpg

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Walking in Madeira http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/madeira.jpg

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Hiking and Biking in the Black Forest http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/black-forest.jpg

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Great Mountain Days in Snowdonia http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/gt-mtn-days-snowdonia.jpg

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Great Mountain Days in the Pennines http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/pennines-gt-days.jpg

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Great Mountain Days in Scotland http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/great-days-scotland.jpg

This great book is packed with 50 challenges for mountaineers, scramblers, mountain walkers and fell runners. Great Mountain Days in Scotland features some well loved classics as well as some lesser known gems

Hillwalking in Snowdonia http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/hillwalking-in-snowdonia.jpg

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North Wales Scrambles http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/north-wales-scrambles.jpg

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Walking in the Alps http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/walking-in-the-alps.jpg

The second edition of this classic Kev Reynolds guidebook on walking and trekking in the Alps. Featuring thousands of possible routes, and covers the range from the Maritime Alps of France to the Julian Alps of Slovenia.

Walking the Munros Vol 1: South, Central and Western Highlands http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/munros-vol-1-south.jpg

With such stunning locations as Glencoe, Lochaber and Mull, this first volume of the Munro guidebooks lays out the finest routes for tackling 139 exciting and challenging mountains.

Walking the GR7 in Andalucia http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/andalucia.jpg

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Trekking the Silvretta and Ratikon Alps http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/silvretta-ratikon.jpg

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London To Paris: The Hard Way - Mouncey http://https://www.climbers-shop.com/https://www.climbers-shop.com/images/london-to-paris-mouncey.jpg

London to Paris: The Hard Way is a truly vivid account, charting the 5 months Andy Mouncey took to prepare for and complete this extraordinary challenge – where he set new fastest times for each of the stages.

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