The Walk the Lakes series of guidebooks are recognised as being the most popular, definitive and practical walking guidebooks to each of their particular areas.  WALK THE LANGDALE’S  includes twenty walks around and above, Great Langdale, Little Langdale, Chapel Stile, Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge.

WALK THE LANGDALES new edition with Bill Birkett

There are twenty walks described in this guidebook, and one alternative (Walk 14 A Climb to Side Pike). Great Langdale is one of the best known and popular mountains valleys in the whole of Great Britain. Around its heads, Oxendale and Mickleden, are arrayed a rugged and spectacular skyline of high fells: The Langdale Pikes, Bowfell, Crinkle Crags, and Pike O'Blisco. A world of spectacular scenery whose fine ridges, airy tops, and rocky steeps have long been a favourite with hill walkers, mountaineers and rock climbers. However, as important as the high fells are, and they have been my great passion for over fifty years, they are only part of The Langdales experience.

In fact, there are two very beautiful Langdale Valleys. Each has its own intrinsic character and each a wealth of both low and high-level interest. Here,  using this guidebook, in addition to the stunning heights you will discover intriguing woods, cascading waterfalls, sublime tarns and a mere (a lake), mountain streams and rivers, calming meadows and the fascinating evidence of man's habitation of these special places since the stone age.

The walks selected offer a balanced range of difficulty and duration from easy valley and lakeside outings, with local cafes never far away, walks over moderate hills to very difficult routes over the high fells.  Each walk is presented on a double-page spread with a route summary, a walk description, a clear map outlining the walk, a Fact File box, and photographs illustrating the walk. The Fact File gives you an instant reference to what you need to know about the walk:  CLASS  (Valley, Low Fell, Intermediate Fell or High Fell), LENGTH, TIME (the expected time it will take for a walker of average fitness and ability), DIFFICULTY (Easy, Mildly Difficult, Difficult and Very Difficult), START & FINISH (the location with Ordnance Survey map reference), Maps (the numbers of the Ordnance Survey maps that cover the walk - L is at the scale of !:50,000 and OL is at the larger scale of 1:25,000), HOSTELRIES which detail inns and cafes to be found on or nearby the walk.
They say one photograph is worth a thousand words and within this book, there are a number of additional photographs, of or taken on,  a featured walk. Each has been chosen to reflect the sublime beauty and variety of the walk and the area. All photographs are captioned and referenced on page [ii].
The ring-binding keeps the guidebook flat in your pocket and always allows it to open on the page of your chosen walk.

All web purchased books are individually signed by Bill Birkett. And they can also be individually endorsed - simply send an instruction on checkout.
Should you manage all the walks in this book then you can justifiably claim to know a little about this particular and special area. Should you manage all the walks in the whole range of Walk the Lakes guidebooks then you have done very well indeed. But remember this: in the Lake District every season is different, every day is different and each fleeting moment of light is different. On these walks you will experience many magical moments of light and form.  Even if you were to do each walk a hundred times or more those precious moments will never be repeated.

There are two overall area maps included in this guidebook. One map will be seen on the BACK COVER and one on the CONTENTS page. Each map number references each individual walk. Additionally, on the CONTENTS page each walk is colour coded (Valley Walk, Low Fell Walk, Intermediate Fell Walk, High Fell Walk,) and its length, expected duration, and grade of difficulty are listed. So much information at one glance will help you choose a suitable walk to suit both your particular ambitions and the prevailing conditions.

Please note that the contents of these guidebooks are frequently reviewed and updated and you may find that both written and photographic content may vary to that illustrated.


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