Favourite Walks in Devon
In this neat volume of circular walks in Devon, Simone Stanbrook-Byrne and James Clancy have persuaded some of the countys most respected walkers and authors to divulge secrets of their favourite routes. A quick scan of the contents gives a sense of the variation of terrain covered readers are invited to follow paths through the rolling Blackdown Hills, along the rugged North Devon coast, across wildest Dartmoor and beside the curling River Dart.
In each of these chapters it is the connection to, and familiarity with, a well-trodden path that shines through: from Adam Hart-Davis carefully observed line drawings of structures around the River Erme, to Simon Dells informed eye spotting vermin traps and pillow mounds underfoot (which otherwise might have passed unnoticed).
For me it is the writers familiarity with a route through the years or across the seasons that marks this book as special. I learn where rivers rage in winter, where kingcups glow in summer and where starlings wheel in autumn skies.
There is drama too in the scenery encountered: I can feel the wind buffeting as an astonishing view at Morte Point is revealed, and the thrill of stumbling across an ancient stone row on Dartmoor.
But whats the use of a book of walks if it a) doesnt fit in your pocket, b) give very clear directions and a readable map, c) list where to get a cup of tea? This book does all this exceptionally well, and it identifies the length and level of the walks, places of interest, loos, public transport and places to stay.
Jane Fitzgerald (Devon Life Editor to May 2013)
The Walks (distances in miles):
Ditsworthy Warren and 'War Horse' country (6) Simon Dell
Above and Beside the River Erme (3.75 or 5.6) Adam Hart-Davis
Exploring Around the Dart (5) Jan Barwick
Exploring the Hartland Peninsula (4 or 5) Sue Viccars
Horndon (4.25) Sue Viccars
Bantham, Thurlestone and the River Avon (5) Jackie Humphries
Kingston, Wonwell and the Erme Estuary (5.75) Jackie Humphries
Bennett's Cross, Grimspound and Hookney Tor (4) Belinda Whitworth
Otterton and the River Otter (4.75 or 5.5) Belinda Whitworth
Zeal Monachorum (2.75, 3 or 5.25) Tony Byrne
Bradninch and its Surrounding Hills (4.5) Sue Jackson
Hemyock and the Blackdown Hills (5) Jo Shipton
Mortehoe and Lee (7.25) Simone Stanbrook-Byrne
Little Switzerland and the Valley of Rocks (5, 7.5 or 8.25) James Clancy
Thorverton and Raddon Hills (6) Simone Stanbrook-Byrne
Barnstaple Town Walk (2) James Clancy
Author: Simone Stanbrook-Byrne Author: James Clancy Publisher: Culm Valley Publishing
120 pages Size: 210 x 148 mm Paperback
with free UK delivery
Publisher's Price £6.99