This guide covers 40 walks in Dorset and places neighbouring Wiltshire, Somerset and Hampshire made famous in Thomas Hardy's Wessex novels. The walks have been graded from easy to strenuous, offering something for every grade of fitness. Step-by-step route instructions are included.
This guide covers 40 walks in Dorset and places neighbouring Wiltshire, Somerset and Hampshire made famous in Thomas Hardy's Wessex novels. Each walk is illustrated with large-scale colour maps and step-by-step route instructions. Height indications and relief are shown by a range of subtle layer colours, with the route clearly indicated in red. Landmarks, places of interest, local sights and amenities are also shown. The walks vary from short strolls to long hikes and are graded according to distance and difficulty, making it easy to select the appropriate route. Where possible, the walks are circular and start from established parking places, many are also accessible by public transport. The guide has been designed with the practical needs of the walker in mind. It is easy to carry and small enough to fit into a jacket pocket. The spiral binding keeps the book open at the chosen page and the layout of the route makes it unnecessary to turn the pages while walking. If the weather gets bad it can be used, folded back on itself, in a clear plastic bag or mapcase. The introduction describes the various landscapes encountered from valleys, woodland and heath, to the coastal scenery between Lyme Regis and the Isle of Purbeck. Local history and legend, the associations with Thomas Hardy and practical notes for walkers are also included.
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