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ISBN: 9780857100061
AUTHOR: Mike Cope
A Boot Up The Surrey Heaths
A Boot Up The Surrey Heaths
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Surrey supports a significant area of lowland heath – around 3000 hectares (or 13% of the UK total), and about 60% is owned by the military.The Surrey Heaths are largely confined to two main National Character Areas: the Wealden Greensand in the south west and centre of the county and the Thames Basin Heaths in the north west.

The Wealden Greensand heaths are predominantly dry sites, lying on the Folkestone, Sandgate and Hythe Beds of the Lower Greensand.The notable exception being Thursley National Nature Reserve, which supports an internationally important mire. The bulk of the surviving Wealden Greensand heaths are centred on or close to Hindhead, Thursley and Frensham Commons, with Blackheath an important outlier to the north east.

The Thames Basin Heaths are generally low-lying land, supporting humid and wet heathland.Three quarters of the heathland in the Thames Basin is to be found on Ash, Pirbright and Chobham Commons. The first two are on MOD land, and access restrictions apply when red flags are flying.

Of the ten selected walks in this book, five of the routes are on the Wealden Greensand heaths, in the south-west of the county, and the remaining five are largely confined to the Thames Basin Heaths in the north-west. They range from 4¾ - 9¾ miles and suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area – its people, its history, and its landscape and will help first time visitors to experience some of the great scenery the area has to offer. Many of the walks feature a pub along the route.

Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to the Surrey Heaths.

Walks include:

Chobham Common • Lightwater and Windlesham Woking and Horsell Common •Brookwood and Pirbright Wisley and Ockham Common• Puttenham Common Blackheath• Frensham Common Thursley and Ockley Common • Hindhead Common

Mike Cope lives inWoking, Surrey and has been walking the Surrey countryside on a regular basis with local and national walking groups for over 20 years. He is a freelance writer for Country Walking magazine, and has published over 30 walking routes for Surrey, Hampshire and Staffordshire. He has a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, and when he isn’t walking or writing, works as a lab manager for a multinational pharmaceutical company.

Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 0 85710 006 1, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published June 2010.

A Boot Up The Surrey HillsA Boot Up The Surrey Hills - £4.99
Halsgrove’s small-format guidebook, containing maps, photographs and useful information will ensure a great walking experience. Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to the Surrey Hills.
A Boot Up The Berkshire DownsA Boot Up The Berkshire Downs - £4.99
These walks by Robert Wood cover more or less the length of the Berkshire Downs, from Ashdown House in the west to the National Trust properties - Lardon Chase, Lough Down and the Holies - in the east.
A Boot Up Salisbury PlainA Boot Up Salisbury Plain - £4.99
Rodney Legg's ten selected walks, ranging from 3 to 8 miles, suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area – its people, its history, and its working landscape and will help first time visitors to experience some of the great scenery Salisbury Plain has to offer. Many of the walks feature a pub along the route.
 
 
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