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Hadrian's Wall Path (National Trail Guides) Paperback – March 1, 2003

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  • Series: National Trail Guides (Book 17)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185410893X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854108937
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 4.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,421,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...the perfect guide, full of great maps and invaluable information Mail on Sunday --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Hadrian’s Wall Path is a new 84–mile footpath linking Wallsend, near Newcastle–upon–Tyne, with Bowness–on–Solway on England’s west coast. For its greater part, the Path follows the historic line of Hadrian’s Wall. The only National Trail to lie within a World Heritage Site, it offers many opportunities to explore the fascinating history of four centuries of Roman rule. This official guide to the Path contains: the entire route split into convenient sections; precise route descriptions and Ordnance Survey maps for each section, marked with points of special interest; walks to and from major archaeological sites off the main route; background information on archaeology, history, wildlife, and geology; details on public transportation and villages on or near the route with facilities for walkers, including accommodations; and a superb selection of color photos.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. O. Becker on April 14, 2004
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This is a great travel book, a synthesis of fine writing, beautiful color pictures, and excellent Ordnance Survey maps. It pulls a region together and makes it feel like you are there.
Starting with a few wide range maps and a bit of history, this National Trail Guide sets the context of Hadrian's Wall in time and in space, both how to get there, and why you would want to visit. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a British National Trail (one of 13), and an important historical site, Hadrian's Wall offers many beautiful natural vistas, archaeological and Roman historical sites, and a cross section of British city, town, and country life. All arranged in a linear 84 mile (135 km) national park.
The book assumes a walking tour, with an introduction, 6 descriptive tour chapters, and a few sections on resources and additonal reading. The most interesting parts for me are the 6 tours. Each chapter is nicely arranged with a map or photo per page with descriptive text along side.
The Ordnance Survey maps are the best in the world - very readable and clear. This book reprints the 1:25,000 maps verbatim, the same as you get at Ordnance Survey Get-a-Map ( [...] Similarly, the photos of buildings and vistas along the wall are well done - colorful and excellent resolution.
However, what is most impressive is the prose that winds along the maps and photos. "Where the verge path ends, cross the stile and continue on the footpath inside the wall. Now having joined the field, the Vallum looks even more impressive." Reading the words and following along the maps makes the tour completely life-like for me, making me feel like I am walking along with a tour guide.
The book is printed on thick paper with nicely embossed textured heavy-stock cover stock. The page corners are rounded nicely.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth T. Smith on June 15, 2006
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A lot of interesting and helpful information is packed into this small trail guide making it a must-have when walking Hadrian's Wall. The maps are clear and precise with commentary that allows the walker to interpret structures along the way. The small loop hikes included are an extra bonus and well worth taking. The text alerts the reader to small items of interest that might otherwise be missed along the footpath, like the Roman mile stone on the path to Vindolanda. Brief essays introduce the reader to a bit of context for the Wall. If you buy only one book, this should probably be it.
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