I recently showed on this blog several slimline economy-priced Lake District walking guides of the kind that are easily slipped into a pocket for an afternoon out. Today the selection is more substantial, more for slipping into a rucksack pocket than a jacket. Three guides (or series) are illustrated above, and don’t forget Wainwright’s ‘Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells‘.
Lakeland Fellranger Guides from Cicerone
The Lakeland Fellranger series from Cicerone provides excellent up to date descriptions of walks on the high fells of Lakeland. Each is copiously illustrated with route maps, colour photographs, sketches and panorama diagrams with text by Mark Richards. Introductory pages give information about the specific area and also important general points about fell-walking. The series is arranged into volumes corresponding to eight geographical divisions of the Lake District. Click on the appropriate link below for further details on each volume. All are available at well below cover price. (Have you seen the Lakeland Fellranger Bus)
|Central Fells||Western Fells||Northern Fells (due 2012)||Near Eastern Fells|
|Southern Fells||Mid-Western Fells||North-Western Fells||Far Eastern Fells (due soon)|
Pathfinder Guides to Lake District Walking
Pathfinder Guides are another excellent series of walking books, each containing around two dozen walks in about a hundred pages. Some of the walks are very energetic, especially those in the High Fells volume, whilst others are less so. Good information is provided to help choose the right grade of difficulty for the people involved. Maps, photographs and guidance notes are well presented. Below I have included also “Lake District Short Walks” from the same publisher, although not strictly part of the Pathfinder series. Click on a volume label below for further details. Once again, prices are very attractive.
|Lake District Walks||West & South Lakeland||Eastern Lakeland||High Fells of Lakeland|
|More Lake District Walks||North & West Lakeland||Central Lakeland||Lake District Short Walks|
AA – 50 Walks in the Lake District
The Lake District edition of the AA’s “50 Walks” series contains walks to suit all abilities – from the occasional stroller to the experienced fell-walker. Walks are described in detail and there is background information on the history and wildlife of the area. Included also are pointers to places of interest in the landscape such as villages, churches, country houses and museums. Typical of most AA publications there is also good information on facilities such as restaurants and public houses. Details of distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, type of surface and access, dog friendliness, parking and public toilets are also provided. Please note that the illustration here is of the updated edition. Click here: The Lake District (AA 50 Walks Series)
Other Posts and Pages on Lake District Walking Books:
Lake District Maps
List of posts referring to Lake District walking books
Wainwright Books – guides, maps, biography and more