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Day Walks In Lake District http://

Day Walks in the Lake District, by Stephen Goodwin, features 20 circular walks of between 5 and 13 miles that are suitable for walkers of all abilities.

Walking in the Bavarian Alps http://

Guidebook to mountain walks and treks in the Bavarian Alps, on the border of Germany and Austria, between Lake Constance and Berchtesgaden.

Walking the Dales Way http://

A fully waymarked trail from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere, the Dales Way links two of England's most celebrated national parks, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.

Mountain Walking in Mallorca http://

This guidebook presents 50 half-day and day walks in Mallorca's Serra de Tramuntana, the striking limestone range that stretches along the north western flank of the island.

Lakeland Fellranger - The Central Fells http://

This Lakeland Fellranger guidebook by Mark Richards covering 28 summits of the Central Fells. Covering from Langdale north to Keswick, this guide cover some of the Lake districts most popular walks.

Lakeland Fellranger - The Southern Fells http://

The Lakeland Fellranger Series provide fellwalkers with an intimate guide to the Lake District's mountains.  The Southern volume includes the Coniston Fells, Wetherlam and as far south as Black Combe.

Book of the Bothy - Phoebe Smith http://

The Book of the Bothy celebrates these unique 'stone tents' scattered around the British Isles. Packed with expert advice on how to make use them from packing lists to bothy etiquette and the best walks into these remote locations.

Trekking in the Dolomites - Alta Via 1 and Alta Via 2 Treks http://

Northern Italy's famous Alta Via long-distance walking routes run through the Dolomite Mountain Range. This guidebook from Gilian Price covers, in detail,  the Alta Via 1 and 2. 

Trekking the Torres del Paine http://

This Cicerone Guidebook by Rudolf Abraham covers Chile's 10 to 11-day Torres del Paine Circuit, one of the world's great treks. There's also further treks and day walks in the Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks

Walking in Austria http://

This Cicerone Guide has all you need to enjoy the spectacular delights of Austria on foot. It inlcudes 101 routes, day walks, multi-day treks and classic hut-to-hut tours plus full details of over a hundred Austrian mountain huts.

Walk The Langdales - Bill Birkett http://

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

Complete Lakeland Fells - Bill Birkett http://

This classic compendium from Lake District legend Bill Birkett details 120 classic walks onto the summits of all the Lakeland fells over 1000ft. A must have book for any true Lakes aficionado

Walk Borrowdale and Keswick - Bill Birkett http://

Based on Bill Birkett's encyclopedic local knowledge of the Lake District, this guide features 20 selected walks around Borrowdale and Keswick and has walks for all abilities. 

The Lakeland Fells - Newman http://

This great little guidebook has selected some of the best easy to moderate walks in the Lake District. Covering routes on both the high tops and the lower fells.

Walking in the Dolomites http://

Walking in the Dolomites is a Cicerone Guide from Gillian Price that describes 25 hut-to-hut treks in the Dolomites of northern Italy, covering 15 regions including Cortina, Sella, Sesto, Marmolada and Latemar. 

Walk In Cumbrias Eden Valley http://

A handy guidebook describing 30 walks in the Eden Valley, Cumbria. The wide variety of routes range from 3-17 miles in length explore the river Eden from Kirkby Stephen past Penrith and Carlisle to the Solway Firth.

Great Mountain Days In the Lake District http://

An inspirational guide to fifty memorable expeditions on the high fells of Lakeland.

Walks in Silverdale and Arnside http://

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Short Walks in Lakeland South http://

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Tour of the Queyras http://

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Shorter Walks in the Dolomites http:// This book highlights 50 'done in a day' routes in the Italian Dolomites, from short leisurely strolls to full-day high mountain expeditions. Each walk is graded for difficulty, allowing all abilities and ages to enjoy this stunning region.
Walking and Trekking in Iceland http://

The Cicerone Guide to Walking and Trekking in Iceland offers 49 day walks and 10 multi-stage treks including the classic Laugavegur Trail. A great guide to the 'Land of Fire and Ice'.

The Snowdonia Way http://

The Snowdonia Way in Wales, is a long-distance path through the Snowdonia National Park from Machynlleth to Conwy. This Cicerone Guide gives you all you need to know to tackle either the low level or high mountain routes.

Highland Scrambles South SMC http://

Highland Scrambles South SMC. It covers the Cairngorms, Ben Nevis and Glen Coe, as well as the islands of Rum, Mull and Arran.

Cicerone Walking the Corbetts Volume 2 - North of the Great Glen http://
The guidebook describes walking routes up all 109 Corbetts north of the Great Glen (Scotland's 2500-2999ft mountains).
Walking the Munros: Volume 1 - Southern, Central and Western Highlands http://

Walking the Munros: Volume 1 by Steve Kew, cover all the tops above 3000ft in the Southern, Central and Western Highlands of Scotland. It includes 69 challenging routes across 139 peaks

Walking the Munros: Volume 2 - Northern Highlands and the Cairngorms http://

The second volume of Steve Kew's Walking The Munros, covers the Northern Highlands and the Cairngorms, and including the Isle of Skye. There are 70 routes are described, including those up Ben Macdui, Braeriach and Cairn Gorm

Walking in Torridon http://

Torridon is a remote and much-loved area of the Scottish Highlands. This guidebook contains 52 day walks, including ascents of 9 Munros

Cumbria Way and Allerdale Ramble http://

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Walking in Jura, Islay and Colonsay http://

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Walking on Uist and Barra http://

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Lake District - Low Level and Lake Walks http://

Perfect for those days you don't want to be too adventurous or want an easy stroll with the family. Lake District: Low Level & Lake Walks offers delightful wooded glades and sparkling tarns, to waterfalls and glacier-carved valleys

The Northern Caminos - The Caminos Norte, Primitivo and Inglés http://

The Camino del Norte (Northern Caminos) is a pilgrim route through northern Spain to the sacred city of Santiago de Compostela. This guide provides advice, information on pilgrim hostels and more.

Walking In The High Tatras http://

This Cicerone guidebook details walks and scrambles in the High Tatras mountains of Poland and Slovakia. In offers a wide range of routes in the High, Western and White Tatras range 

Ben Nevis and Glencoe: 100 Low, Mid and High Level Walks http://

This pocket sized book from Cicerone is an indispensible guide to walking in Scotland's Ben Nevis and Glen Coe region, with 100 graded walks of 2 to 21 miles, to suit all abilities and ages. 

Scrambles in Snowdonia http://

A classic guide presenting 80 scrambles in the stunning Snowdonia National Park, offering challenge, adventure and exhilaration, but also breath-taking scenery and an unparalleled opportunity to connect with the mountains of North Wales.

Via Ferrata in the Italian Dolomites - 1st Volume http://

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The GR11 Trail - La Senda http://

The GR11 is an 820km long-distance trek that traverses the Spanish Pyrenees from Irun on the Atlantic coast to Cap de Creus on the Mediterranean.

The GR5 Trail http://

An essential guidebook for walking the GR5 trail, 660km from Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) to Nice or Menton, through the French Alps. Suitable for fairly experienced hikers.

The GR20 Corsica http://

Guidebook to walking the GR20 through Corsica's high mountains. A challenging trail between Calenzana and Conca that includes hands-on scrambling, the 190km trek can be completed by fit walkers in about two weeks.

Scrambles in Snowdonia - A scrambling guide http://

This revised edition of Steve Ashton's classic guide presents 80 scrambles in the stunning Snowdonia National Park. The graded routes range from introductory traverses to demanding climbs.

The Islands Of Scotland Including Skye http://

This comprehensive guide to the Scottish Islands covers Skye, Arran, the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the Shetlands and Orkneys. This Walking and mountain guide, that'll allow you to fully enjoy any trip to these beautiful places

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