The map itself is printed on waterproof plastic, and several thorough soakings haven’t so much as weakened it. And because it’s printed directly on to the plastic, it’s much less weighty and slim than a laminated paper map.Read more
It takes some going over and will sit on your bedside table for ages and keep you thinking – but it’s well worth it, even if you get a few golden nuggets which will make your camping trip more comfy and tastier. A great gift for difficult ‘i do outdoors’ family members, as it will keep them happy for hours.Read more
Understanding those things which are a bit alien to other walks of life is made easier by this book’s thorough work-through of the how’s and why’s of each of the essential items in a climber’s kit. Knowing which kit I will, and more importantly won’t need before I venture out to purchase them is a great feeling.Read more
Published by Cicerone and authored by Kev Reynolds – who has penned over 50 guidebooks and knows a thing or two about walking – the book is a small affair and can easily be slipped in to a pocket to accompany you on a jaunt down any part of the Way where it is useful for pointing out those things around you which might otherwise be dismissed.Read more
The book starts with a refresh of how GPS works, contours, bearings and compass work. The contour section goes to real efforts to help those who may never have come across them before using 3D mapping to demonstrate. The book then goes into great details on the use of GPS to compliment map reading.Read more
It would be virtually impossible for any reviewer to rival Kev Reynolds’ in-depth and encyclopaedic knowledge of the Swiss Alps, and so I took the honest decision to base this assessment on the author’s account of two areas (the Lauterbrunnen Valley and Grindelwald/Lütschental) that I know intimately, having walked and climbed there annually for almost 15 years.Read more
I’m no expert at reading maps, but I can generally get by if I know where I’ve started and where I need to get to. Pete’s guide goes way beyond my level of knowledge and has been a genuine learning experience reading it. What I like is that he explains what can go wrong, and why, rather than just saying “this is how you do it”.Read more
I’ve needed to brush up on my map-reading and compass work in the last couple of weeks, and rather thanRead more
I live within walking distance of Leith Hill, Surrey’s highest point, but had never been there. (I don’t count myself amongst the ‘Because it’s there’ brigade) I set off with the book one day and, starting from the area which the map covers trotted up the hill to see how accurate the book was. Well, it was spot on.Read more
The Britain & Ireland ‘Best Campsites’ book is jam-packed with listings of commercial sites the length and breadth of these fair isles. And each site is given a very comprehensive description, location and directions, so you’ll know what you’re getting and how you’re getting there.Read more
The introduction to this book’s 390 colour-packed pages does a great job of summing up what you should expect: “This book contains some quirky and unique places – if you want to share your porch with a llama or stay on Britain’s most remote peninsula, you’ve come to the right place.”Read more
When I was younger and stupider, I used to spend my weekends riding my bike along the Thames Path. I thought I knew it quite well, so it was with great interest that I delved into this book to see if I could find fault. I didn’t.Read more
I’ve come to expect great things from Cicerone’s guidebooks, and their new Mountain Biking in the Lake District lives up to that expectation. It is superb in detail and communication, covering 24 routes from short to full-day, medium to very hard in grading.Read more
It’s too early to call it ‘morning’ but the sun is peeking over the horizon to check on things and your bladder is starting its raindance to rise you from your warm cocoon of sleeping bag. And then it hits you like a noxious cloud and you know it heralds the imminent attack of something cold and wet which has been in places only nightmares care to dwell.
Morning dog breath.
Having read the book and learning a couple of things myself, I’m of the opinion that it’s best read by one of two people:
– Those who like the idea of camping and want to take the plunge.
– Those who already enjoy camping and want to do more of it in different ways.
It’s not really aimed at those who already do lightweight camping, or outdoor experts.