Richard Hayward

Richard Hayward Deceased

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Coast to Coast Walk



British Footpath Sampler
Favorite Day Walks and Easy Long Distance Paths



New Edition! 40 Day Walks and 17 Long Distance Paths easily accessible to all kinds of walkers. Great for families, limited vacation times or a way to dip a foot into British footpaths. Much different from American backpacking. The theme here is, if you're sweating or shivering when walking in Britain, then you're doing something wrong. So, read the Handbook or email questions to Britishfootpaths.
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Guidebook Excerpt:

  • You can do all of these walks without a car.
  • Most are circular, beginning and ending at the same place. Others begin or end with a local bus ride.
  • Two or more walks can be done from the same town or village.
None of these excursions has been chosen merely for geographical convenience. They are 28 of my favorite walks from twenty years of happy rambling through England, Wales and Scotland. I have scarcely begun to scratch the surface. For every walk included, three or four have been omitted. Some because the start is difficult to reach by public transport; others because they are linear rather than circular walks: Yorkshire, for example, offers the exhilarating stroll across the North York Moors along the old Rosedale Railway, from Clay Bank Top to the Lion Inn. And the breezy march along the Giant�s Causeway, best preserved stretch of Roman road in England.... Then there is Hampshire, with its boomerang ridge of Old Winchester Hill strewn with lovers on a summer afternoon. Or a slow savoring of the Meon Valley while locals gather Mayflowers for May wine....

The list goes on and on, across the counties and through the years, enriching the lives of countless pilgrims and adventurers long before my own explor- ations began. From the stone circles and tin mine ruins of Cornwall to the buttercup meadows and boot-sole hinges of Yorkshire, from the lonely lovely glens of the Scottish Highlands, to the sensuous slopes of the South Downs -- British footpaths bear witness to the labors, loves and losses of our human story. They will lead us -- if we let them -- on journeys as strange and as transforming as those of Gulliver or Ebeneezer Scrooge or Frodo or Arthur Dent.

If I entice you to begin your own discovery of the English countryside -- with its multiple layers of history and levels of meaning -- I will have achieved my most important purpose. Let us then, you and I, go for a walk....

SCOTLAND (Crianlarich) Walk 25

Crianlarich to Tyndrum 5 miles To get a feel for being afoot in the Highlands -- and to better commune with your Scottish ancestors -- follow the 18th-c. military road west from Crianlarich along the ridge past Bogle Glen (bogle = ghost). Descend to cross the River Fillan (good spot for lunch and dangling your toes in the river). Visit St. Fillan's Chapel ruins, look for St. Fillan's Pool, and note the spooky graveyard set against the mountains. If you do have Scottish predecessors, pause a moment -- one of them may be buried here! Pass the ancient battlefield of Dal Righ as you approach Tyndrum. Map -- Included in guide. Guide -- WEST HIGHLAND WAY, Anthony Burton (National Trail Guide).

SCOTLAND (Crianlarich) Walk 26

Tyndrum to the Bridge of Orchy 7 miles A classic Highland walk � with Ben Dorain [pronounced Ben Doo-run] looming ahead as a majestic "mountain milepost" for most of the day. Look for local farmers herding sheep on the slopes high above you. The Bridge of Orchy Hotel is a good example of a traditional Scottish country hotel, full of character and characters. There are bunkhouse accommocations for those on a budget. Map -- Included in guide. Guide -- WEST HIGHLAND WAY, Anthony Burton (National Trail Guide).

NOTE: Regular train and bus services link Crianlarich, Tyndrum, and the Bridge of Orchy. Walks #25 and #26 can be done using any of these places as a base. This is one section of the West Highland Way � Glasgow to Ft William. The entire path has been greatly improved during the past decade.

WALES (St. David's / Pembrokeshire) Walk 27

Abercastle to St David�s Head 10 or 12 miles Take a bus to near Abercastle, and begin by seeing the exceptionally well- preserved Bronze Age burial chamber, Carreg Samson. Then follow the coast path south, to encounter industrial archeology and a good pub at Porth-gain. Walk past medieval harbor markers at Abereiddy. Visit Trevine, site of a 500-year- old corn mill and birth-place of a well-known Archdruid (Welsh poet). Optional: Explore St. David's Head -- the "land's end" of Wales, inhabited by humans for 6000 years! (This can also be done as a separate day walk from St. David's.) Map - Landranger #157. Guide PEMBROKESHIRE COAST PATH, by Richard Hayward (British Footpath Guide).



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