West Highland Way Trailblazer British Walking Guide

West Highland Way Trailblazer British Walking Guide : Practical Route Guide to Walking the Whole Path with 53 Large-Scale Walking Maps, Places to Stay, Places to Eat

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NEW FOR 5th EDITION * Extra colour mapping, in stage sections (one stage per page) also including trail profiles showing the climbs and descents to help you plan your walk each day * 16pp colour introductory section - making it even more attractive to the reader PLUS * 57 maps - 4 town plans and 53 large-scale walking maps - at just under 1:20,000 - showing route times, gradients, where to stay, interesting features, fully-edited maps drawn by walkers for walkers. Plus downloadable GPS points. * Itineraries for all walkers - whether walking the route in its entirety over one week, or sampling the highlights on day walks and short breaks. * Practical information for all budgets - Glasgow through to Fort William: where to stay (campsites, hostels, B&Bs, pubs and hotels), where to eat, what to see. * Public transport information for all budgets - all access points on the path. * Fully updated - the entire route has been re-walked and all details re-checked for this new edition.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 120 x 178 x 16mm | 260g
  • Hindhead, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • 30pp full colour including 9 stage maps,1 overview,4pp flower guide
  • 1905864507
  • 9781905864508
  • 221,550

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Fully revised 5th edition The West Highland Way passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Britain. From the outskirts of Glasgow it winds for 95 miles (152km) along the wooded banks of Loch Lomond, across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor, over the mountains above Glencoe to a dramatic finish at the foot of Ben Nevis Britain's highest mountain. '...the Trailblazer series stands head, shoulders, waist and ankles above the rest. They are particularly strong on mapping...' The Sunday Times Includes 53 walking maps the largest-scale maps available At a scale of just under 1:20,000 (8cm or 3-1/8 inches to one mile) these are bigger than the most detailed walking maps currently available in the shops.Unique mapping features walking times, directions, tricky junctions, places to stay and eat, points of interest. These are not general-purpose maps but fully-edited maps drawn by walkers for walkers.Itineraries for all walkers whether hiking the 95-mile route in its entirety or sampling the highlights on day walks or short breaks. Includes detailed public transport information for all access points.Practical information for all budgets what to see, where to stay, where to eat: pubs, hotels, B&Bs, camping, bunkhouses, hostels.Plus Glasgow city guide: with full practical details; Glasgow to Milngavie walking guide: walk from the city centre to the official start of the Way; Ben Nevis guide: climb Britain's highest peak.Includes GPS waypoints. These are also downloadable from the Trailblazer website."
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Table of contents

INTRODUCTION West Highland Way History 8 - How difficult is it? 9 How long do you need? 10 - When to go 12 PART 1: PLANNING YOUR WALK Practical information for the walker Route finding 17 - Accommodation 18 - Food and drink 22 Money 24 - Other services 25 - Walking companies 25 - Information for foreign visitors 26 - Walking with dogs 28 - Mountain biking 29 Budgeting 29 Itineraries Village and town facilities 31 - Which direction? 32 Suggested itineraries 32 - Hillwalking side trips 33 Day and weekend walks 34 What to take Keep your luggage light 35 - How to carry it 35 - Footwear 36 Clothes 37 - Toiletries 38 - First-aid kit 38 - General items 38 Sleeping bag 39 - Camping gear 39 - Money 39 - Maps 40 Sources of further information 40 - Recommended reading 42 Getting to and from the West Highland Way National transport 42 - Getting to Britain 43 Public transport map 46 - Local transport 48 PART 2: MINIMUM IMPACT WALKING & OUTDOOR SAFETY Minimum impact walking Economic impact 49 - Environmental impact 50 - Access 53 Outdoor safety Avoidance of hazards 56 - Weather forecasts 56 - Water 57 Blisters 57 - Bites 57 - Hypothermia 59 - Hyperthermia 60 PART 3: THE ENVIRONMENT & NATURE Conserving Scotland's nature Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) 62 - Campaigning & conservation organisations 63 - Beyond conservation 64 Flora and fauna Flowers 65 - Trees 67 - Mammals 71 - Reptiles 74 Butterflies 74 Birds 74 PART 4: GLASGOW City guide Orientation 78 - Arrival and departure 78 - Getting around and to Milngavie 79 - Services 82 - Festivals & events 83 - Where to stay 83 - Where to eat and drink 87 - What to see and do 91 Walking from Glasgow to Milngavie 95 PART 5: ROUTE GUIDE AND MAPS Using this guide 99 Milngavie to Fort William Milngavie 100 Milngavie to Drymen 103 Drymen to Balmaha 116 Balmaha to Rowardennan 121 Rowardennan to Inversnaid 128 Inversnaid to Inverarnan 134 Inverarnan to Crianlarich 139 Crianlarich to Tyndrum 143 Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy 149 Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse 155 - Glen Coe 162 Kingshouse to Kinlochleven 170 Kinlochleven to Fort William 174 - Climbing Ben Nevis 180 Fort William 187 APPENDICES A: Map keys 192 B: Gaelic 193 C: GPS Waypoints 195 D: Taking a dog along the Way 198 E: Distance chart 200 INDEX 203
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'I am very impressed by the mapping.' Backpack. 'A super, user-friendly guide.' G.Forrester, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. 'Recommended.' Country Walking. '...the same attention to detail that distinguishes its other guides has been brought to bear here' The Sunday Times reviewing West Highland Way as Book of the Week.
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About Charlie Loram

Charlie Loram was the series editor who developed this British Walking Guides series for Trailblazer. He has hiked in the Himalaya as well as in Wales and Scotland. Fifth edition updated by Bryn Thomas, who set up Trailblazer in 1991 to produce the series of route guides for adventurous travellers that has now grown to over 40 titles. His first book was the Trans-Siberian Handbook,which was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel and Guide Book Awards. Subsequent publications have included Trekking in the Annapurna Region, also published by Trailblazer, and guides to India, Britain and Europe, co-authored for Lonely Planet.
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