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ISBN: 9780857100245
AUTHOR: Robert Wood
A Boot Up the North Hampshire Downs
A Boot Up the North Hampshire Downs
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The North Hampshire Downs are quintessential chalk downs. The chalk gives rise to a variety of contrasting landforms including broad rolling downland, deep and shallow valleys, high hills, and ridges with steep scarps in places most notably above the Kennet valley in the very north. The downland itself supports a chalky grassland habitat, beneficial for wild flowers and insects as well as arable agriculture.

These walks cover the whole of the North Hampshire Downs, sometimes called the ‘Hampshire Highlands’. The village of Hurstbourne Tarrant will certainly serve as the capital of the area and two walks circle it. The views hereabouts are stunning. One walk strays into Berkshire but that is understandable; until 1895 the area was in Hampshire. And another walk strays into Wiltshire but again that is understandable because, on what has been called Hampshire’s ‘north-west frontier’, the three counties are quite jammed together and even meet at a point during one of the walks – at Rockmoor Pond.

Remember Fiver and his rabbit pals? Well, one of the walks actually treads on Watership Down.

The ten circular 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 the area has to offer.

The ten walks are:Vernham Dean and Upton; Linkenholt and Vernham Street; Combe Gibbet and Combe;The Ox Drove and EastWoodhay; Hurstbourne Tarrant andWindmill Hill; Hustbourne Tarrant and Bourne Park;Ashmansworth and Crux Easton; Litchfield and the Portway; Hannington and Watership Down; Malshanger and Ibworth.

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 area.

In previous lives Robert Wood was a researcher, an academic and a business psychologist. Now he concentrates on writing walking books. Apart from his technical books, which include a book on emotional intelligence, he has produced a memoir, Mackem Mayhem, and three novels - Pushing Envelopes, Chekyll and Ide and Ten a Penny. His previous work for Halsgrove was A Boot Up the Berkshire Downs.

Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 0 85710 024 5, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published March 2011.

Wild Hampshire & Isle of WightWild Hampshire & Isle of Wight - £14.99
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are reputed to be two of the most wildlife-rich counties in the UK. This celebration of their wildlife heritage is a showcase for some of the most beautiful, fascinating and inspiring species and habitats to be found on land and at sea. In this new and lavishly illustrated book by Clive Chatters, the wildlife and wild places quite rightly take centre stage. Readers are taken on a journey around the two counties with their diverse landscapes and species.
A Boot Up the Hampshire HangersA Boot Up the Hampshire Hangers - £4.99
Halsgrove’s guidebook, expertly created by Mike Cope 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 Hampshire Hangers.
A Boot Up The Surrey HeathsA Boot Up The Surrey Heaths - £4.99
Of the ten walks by Mike Cope 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
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 the New ForestA Boot Up the New Forest - £4.99
Halsgrove’s pocket-format guidebook, containing maps, photographs and useful information will ensure a great walking experience in the company of prolific author Rodney Legg. Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to the New Forest.
 
 
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