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ISBN: 9781906887858
AUTHOR: Rodney Legg
A Boot Up Bristol
A Boot Up Bristol
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Dramatically poised on the edge of the Avon Gorge, the city of Bristol incorporates its own walking country. Wild walks and country walks begin from Clifton Down. The Clifton Suspension Bridge links both with genteel Ashton Park and the virtual jungle of Leigh Woods.

There is also a rich and romantic strand of maritime history from the Romans at Sea Mills to Brunel’s steamship SS Great Britain back in the dock where she was built.

Ten selected walks, each in a circuit of five to nine miles, tackle varying terrain and suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk. They also explore the city’s setting, just beyond the urban sprawl, where you can escape into a very different world.

Rocky chasms fringe the Mendip Hills. On the other side of the great conurbation are the Bristol Channel marshes below the two Severn Bridges. Bristol abounds in engineering works on the grand scale.

The practical route-master approach, with easy to follow descriptions and maps, is laced with quirky potted facts about connections and treasures en route. Photographs likewise are chosen both to capture the feeling and theme of very different walks that bring an element of excitement to the easiest, cheapest and healthiest leisure pursuit.

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 Bristol and its hinterland.

Rodney Legg is a prolific author and historian who has published hundreds of country walks. Nationally he is active in the environmental movement having been chairman of the Open Spaces Society since 1989 and a member of the ruling council of the NationalTrust from 1990 until 2009.

Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 1 906887 85 8, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published September 2010.

Portrait of BristolPortrait of Bristol - £14.99
Tony Howell brings together a remarkable collection of over 140 glorious colour images to present a fully rounded portrait of the city which he loves so well.
Portrait of the Somerset CoastPortrait of the Somerset Coast - £14.99
Neville Stanikk's rambling journey from Lynmouth (in Devon, but only just) to Bristol docks, told in more than 140 stunning photographs representing his discovery of an ever-changing landscape filled not just with seaside towns but with history and mysticism; picturesque villages and hills; castles, towers and ancient buildings.
A Boot Up the Somerset LevelsA Boot Up the Somerset Levels - £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 Somerset Levels.
A Boot Up Dorset's Jurassic CoastA Boot Up Dorset's Jurassic Coast - £4.99
Rodney Legg provides all the answers in ten walks, packed with colour photographs, along Dorset’s uniqueWorld-Heritage Jurassic Coast. In hardback, small enough to slip into the pocket, colourful enough to keep as a souvenir, the Boot Up Guide will be the indispensable bench-mark for the twenty-first century.
Fragile FortunesFragile Fortunes - £14.99
Using original family papers and archives in London, Exeter, Bristol and Palermo, Elizabeth Neill traces the humble origins of the Gibbs family in Clyst St. George and Topsham in the mid-sixteenth century to the 1840s, when after an 'act of insanity', its fortunes changed forever.
A Boot Up North DevonA Boot Up North Devon - £4.99
With spectacular contrasts in scenery, North Devon offers incredible attractions for families and groups of friends looking for an active and interesting day out as these leisure walks compiled by Rosanna Rothery show.
A Boot Up ExmoorA Boot Up Exmoor - £4.99
Exmoor-based journalist and writer Adrian Tierney-Jones picks 10 of his favourite walks between 5-8 miles across the beauty landscape of Exmoor, ideal for families or groups of friends.
A Boot Up Ten Dartmoor TorsA Boot Up Ten Dartmoor Tors - £4.99
This book of 10 short walks by John Earle takes the reader up Dartmoor’s famous high spots – known as tors for those who don’t know – making the most of the breathtaking views on offer while offering information about the landscape and something of the history of surrounding area. The tors explored are chosen for the variety of walk they offer and the exciting scenery.
A Boot Up The MendipsA Boot Up The Mendips - £4.99
One thousand-feet high, the Mendip Hills rise between the Somerset Levels and Bristol’s countryside. These ten walks selected by Rodney Legg, 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.
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.
A Boot Up the QuantocksA Boot Up the Quantocks - £4.99
Writer and photographer Brian Pearce describes ten circular walks. All are ‘leisure walks’ – ideal for families and groups of friends, moderate in both length and difficulty and with opportunities to stop for refreshments, take in the views and, like the poets, be inspired by the scenery.
A Boot Up Devon's Jurassic CoastA Boot Up Devon's Jurassic Coast - £4.99
Rodney Legg, perhaps the most renowned walker and guide of his generation in this area leads ten circular walks covering the Devon section of this World Heritage coast.
A Boot Up The Blackdown HillsA Boot Up The Blackdown Hills - £4.99
These ten circular walks by Rodney Legg, ranging from 4 to 9 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 Blackdowns – 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 Story of BristolThe Story of Bristol - £14.99
The Story of Bristol is a best-selling, well-illustrated and wide-ranging one-thousand-year history of the city John Betjeman preferred to Bath and which he famously described as the finest in England. By Brian Little and John Sansom. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Images of Bristol, Somerset and Dorset RailwaysImages of Bristol, Somerset and Dorset Railways - £19.99
Now in his seventies, from a boy Maurice Dart has travelled throughout much of Southern Britain armed with a camera, taking photographs of all things railway. His collection has been used in countless magazines and journals. Here for the first time is a comprehensive look at a major part of this unique collection - a book that will become a classic of Westcountry steam.
 
 
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