Further Reading - Wales
the Rough Guide
Synopsis ~ This travel guide to Wales features mountain
walks, information on alternative culture, coverage
of Welsh environmental and nationalist issues and details
of Welsh culture and language. Also included are critical
listings of restaurants, pubs and accommodation.
Review / Amazon.co.uk - Ben Naylor ~ The author of this
addition to the Exploring series of books, Malcolm Joyce,
is an industrial research scientist who has spent much
of his time photographing and writing about walking
and mountaineering in Wales--and in particular North
This book details 20 superb walks in Wales, which illustrate
the wide variety of terrain, from mountain scrambles
to the more gentle walks by lakes and through woodlands,
and the majestic coastal scenery where high precipitous
cliffs plunge steeply into the swirling seas far below.
Most of the walks are in and around Snowdonia, an area
of particular interest to the author, who has illustrated
his writing with a selection of photographs he took
during his meanderings.
As one would expect from a scientist, the information
is meticulously presented. Each of the walks has a route
map and a relief map to illustrate the variation of
the gradient along the route. A summary table provides
details of car parking and start/finish points, public
transport, specific features of interest etc, as well
as the length and severity of the walk.
The route directions are very good--comprehensive and
easy to follow; one can almost see where your next footstep
will land! Most of the routes are circular, with varying
degrees of difficulty to suit all levels of walkers.
It is a worthy addition to any walking library.
of England, Scotland and Wales
Synopsis ~ Traces each stage of the development of Britain's
castles, from Norman times through Plantagenet and Edwardian
expansion in Wales, Tudor strengthening of the coastal
defences, the devastation of the Civil War, and the
gradual decay of the castle, to the creation of mock
to the Gower
Synopsis ~ This illustrated guide book gives a visual
and literary narrative covering a long distance walk
through the Welsh mountains from Conwy Bay in the north
to the Gower Peninsula in the south. The walk is split
into eleven stages (each for one day of walking). Each
stage is given a full narrative description and is illustrated
with photographs and a detailed map, with low level
and high level alternatives so that the walk is fully
adjustable to the prevailing weather conditions.
the Road Around England and Wales
Synopsis ~ Catering for both tourists on fly-drive holidays
and for Britons on short breaks or day trips, this guide
focuses on both towns of tourist interest and scenic
rural areas such as the Cotswolds. Most of the driving
routes can be completed within a day, including clear
directions to car parks.
in an Old Tongue
Synopsis ~ Studying in Lampeter, Dyfed and learning
Welsh, Pamela Petro found it infuriating that whenever
she stumbled with her Welsh, the locals would always
revert to English. She decided to go where English was
not an option - all kinds of unlikely places with long-standing
Welsh-speaking communities. She visited the Hong Kong
Men's Choir, all Chinaman who sing in Welsh; the Japanese
bardic "eisteddfod" in Tokyo; the Welsh golfers
of Oslo; the diners of the Paris Welsh society; and
Survey Cycle Tours: South, West & Mid-Wales
Synopsis ~ This regional cycling guide contains a selection
of routes, including 14 on-road and 10 off-road sections,
highlighted on OS 1:50,000 Landranger mapping and supplemented
with an introduction to the area of each route, a gradient
diagram, information on length and difficulty and a
guide to places of interest en route. The A5 format
is convenient to use, and there is an introduction containing
useful guidelines for cycle maintenance and repair.
Synopsis ~ This is a guide to the coastal walks in Anglesey,
the island lying across the Menai Straits in north-west
Wales. The author guides you around the island in smallish
stages and describes the distinctive character of its
geology, geography and history: the east coast with
its long beaches and estuaries and the Penmon peninsula;
the west with its varied coastline and Holyhead Island;
the north with its spectacular cliffs and coves comparable
with those of West Cornwall. Interesting land features
and stories of the people of this Welsh isle are included.
to Dyfi Valley
Synopsis ~ A guide to a 108-mile walk through one of
Britain's most picturesque valleys. With easy to follow
strip maps, the Dyfi Valley Way can be divided into
convenient sections to suit your own specific needs,
or you can follow the route as suggested over nine days.
The Dyfi Valley is traditionally the frontier between
North and South Wales. There is no better way of exploring
this area than on foot. Information about public transport,
accommodation, shops and cafes is included and notes
on interesting places to visit.
Survey Waterway Guide No 4: Four Counties and the Welsh
Synopsis ~ This range of guides gives coverage of the
inland waterways network. This guide covers four counties
and the Welsh canals. It includes colour mapping with
symbols and towpaths clearly shown.
National Trust Guide
Synopsis ~ This comprenhensive guide is fully illustrated.
It offers detailed information of all the National Trust
properties, from the great country houses such as Kedleston
Hall and the world famous gardens of Sissinghurst, to
the lesser known oddities such as the last water-driven
spade mill in Ireland and a 16 sided house in Devon.
of England and Wales: 1999
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