Off the Beaten Track: England and Wales

Off the Beaten Track: England and Wales : Wild drives and offbeat adventures by camper van and motorhome

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England and Wales might feel familiar to many, but there are countless hidden idylls and remote wildernesses to discover amongst the soaring passes, spectacular coastlines and boundless moorlands. For many, Martin's 'slow road' routes will have opened up the country's most well known highways and byways, but there is so much more to England and Wales than these, at times overcrowded, hotspots.

This book is the next, natural step in Martin's wanderings around England and Wales. If Take The Slow Road whetted the appetite for a Great British adventure, this book will be the main course, filling you up with inspiring writing and beautiful imagery from the most remote and wild corners of England and Wales. It will take you to the very edges of the map, on a series of personal journeys to uncover parts of these countries that the masses never reach but wish they could.

In discovering these secret and beautiful places this fabulous book shows the reader that, with a little imagination, and some effort, they too can get off the beaten track in their own country.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 163 x 234 x 27.94mm | 884.51g
  • Conway
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Beautiful colour photography and hand-drawn maps throughout
  • 1844866114
  • 9781844866113
  • 2,229,962

Table of contents

Author's Preface 6
About this book 8
Introducing England 9
Introducing Wales 11
How to get to England and Wales 12
Where and how to stay overnight in England and Wales 14
Your essential kit 17
Travel, climate and the mess we make 20

The South-west
01 Wessex Wandering 25
02 The East Lyn River 39
03 Bude's Lost Waterway 49
04 The River Avon 61
05 The Jurassic Undercliff 73
06 Devon Coast to Coast 83

The South and South-east
07 The Wight Chines 97
08 The River Test 109
09 Goring to Maidenhead 121
10 Dungeness Desolation 133
11 Kent's Pilgrims' Way 147

East Anglia
12 The Suffolk Coast 159

The North
13 Spurn Head and the Humber 171
14 The North York Moors 183
15 Stanhope to Newcastle 197
16 The Northumberland Coast 207
17 The Otterburn Ranges 219

The North-west
18 The Tweed Valley 229
19 The Solway Firth 241
20 The Western Lakes 249
21 The Forest of Bowland 259

22 Cwm Bychan and the Roman Steps 273
23 The Pass of The Cross 283
24 The Teifi 291
25 The Brecon Beacons 303

Index 316
Acknowledgements 320
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Review quote

Discover the countryside and coast ... in this appealing guide to spectacular drives and offbeat adventures by camper van, motorhome, kayak and paddle board, bike and on foot, around the mountains, valleys and coastlines of England and Wales. * The Countryman * Packed with stunning photos, handy maps and engaging travel writing...shows you how to embark on inspiring adventures, including exploring ravines, beaches, kayaking past castles and striding across moorlands. * Countryside Magazine * expert advice on awe-inspiring routes away from the usual tourist hotspots in England and Wales, plus handy tips on coping with life on the move * Bury & West Suffolk Magazine * 25 brilliant routes that are definitely off the beaten track...each beautiful page will immediately make you want to take off in your motorhome for a new adventure! * Practical Motorhome * The descriptions are personal, the info practical and the walks graded. It's ideal for campervan/motorhomers but is also useful if you're simply driving and want inspiration. A delightful reminder that these landscapes are full of beautiful places where you can still get away from it all. * Woman & Home * In this essential guide, Martin Dorey seeks out the wilder, more remote beauty spots hidden within the coastlines, moorlands and hills of England and Wales. * This England * A book of inspiring writing and beautiful imagery from the most remote and wild corners of England and Wales. * Best of British * In the essential guide, Martin Dorey seeks out the wilder, more remote beauty spots hidden within the coastlines, moorlands and hills of England and Wales and demonstrates how easy it is to find peaceful, magnificent scenery just a little way off the beaten track. * Evergreen *
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About Mr Martin Dorey

Martin Dorey is a writer, surfer and serial camper van owner. In 2011 he presented the BBC2 television programme 'One Man and his Camper Van'. He is the author of The Camper Van Cookbook (2010), The Camper Van Coast (2012), The Camper Van Bible (2016), Take the Slow Road: Scotland (2018), Take the Slow Road: England and Wales (2019), Take the Slow Road: Ireland (2020) and Take the Slow Road: France (2021), amongst several others, and he writes regular features for Coast magazine, Camping magazine, Motorhome and Motorcaravan magazine, and the Huffington Post.

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