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Landscapes of Western Provence

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This is the second edition of the second book of a two-volume guide to Provence, written by the authors of the prize-winning Landscapes of Madeira. It is intended for motorists who want to tour the most beautiful roads in western Provence and Languedoc/Roussillon and enjoy some superb walks along the way. Beginning at Aix-en-Provence, you travel west via the Lubéron and Mont Ventoux to the great Roman cities and the Pont du Gard. After forays north to the Ardèche, the Tarn and the Cirque de Navacelles, head south through Hérault to Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi. Crossing the Corbières and the Land of the Cathars, you reach the foot of Canigou, holy mountain of the Pyrenees

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Landscapes of the Pyrenees

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Pyrenees - the book covers the entire range ­ France, Spain and Andorra and there are well over 400 kilometres (250 miles) of walks in this guide, the equivalent of a coast-to-coast traverse ­ one of the 'classics' for all serious walkers. But you don't have to be an expert walker for any of hikes we describe. None of them requires special skills (under summer conditions) and, if you are not very fit, simply turn back when you feel like it (there are short walk suggestions with most of the itineraries). Experienced and fit walkers will nevertheless find much to enjoy, for we have included some of the wildest scenery in the Pyrenees, walked pilgrim routes and World War 2 escape routes, climbed to summits (like Canigou), enjoyed the habitat of marmots, vultures and lizards (the Pyrenean chamois), and not neglected the great and the famous (like the Breche de Roland).

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Landscapes of Sardinia

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Sardinia, the second largest island in the Meditarranean, is a walker's paradise. Its scenic diversity, ranging from rough and primeval landscapes to gentle, golden sand dunes, from scorching rocky plateaux and windswept plains reminiscent of Africa to rolling hills with lush pastures and dense brushwood, from towering mountains cloaked in fine oak woods to a turquoise sea that touches the rocky coast. The fragrant Mediterranean macchia permeates the scenery, with colourful rock roses and an extravaganza of wild flowers flourishing in spring

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Landscapes of Sicily

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Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and long a Mecca for culture freaks. Sicily also rewards the countryside lover with its magnificent landscapes. Peter Amann knows the island intimately; he leads walking groups on Sicily and works for the preservation of its national monuments. As an alternative to the stress of simply 'doing' all the sites, he invites you to savour the landscape at leisure. Thus there is enough material in this book for several holidays. The eight car tours (mostly circular and covering 2000km) follow little-used secondary roads wherever possible and, while taking in all the major sights and sites, also allow motorists to see landscapes well off the beaten track. A fold-out touring map shows all the car touring routes. The walks - a distillation of the best on the island - are as varied in length and grade as the landscape itself; there are routes to suit all ages and abilities. Most of the walks are along old farming tracks, stone-laid mule trails and shepherds' paths. Each is accompanied by an up-to-date topographical map, but the author also suggests where you can find other maps, many of which are available free. Finally, for those who like al fresco dining, there is also a selection of picnic suggestions - ranging from 'official' sites with barbecues to idyllic spots near walking routes.

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Landscapes of Slovenia

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Slovenia. Small is beautiful', a much-used cliché, certainly applies to Slovenia, which is only half the size of Switzerland. With a population of only two million, the landscape is still essentially rural. The jagged snow-capped peaks of the Julian Alps contrast with fertile valleys, full of colour and activity. The porous limestone rock has created the Karst landscape. Typical features can be seen everywhere and are exciting to explore: underground rivers appear from rock faces and cascade down in dramatic waterfalls, narrow gorges are carved through the cliffs, while caves and natural rock arches

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Landscapes of Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

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Currently awaiting new edition due November
Sorrento, Amalfi and Capri - a wonderful area for walkers, brilliantly described by Julian Tippett. Accident of history and steepness of terrain have preserved a network of ancient footpaths which reaches from the coastal towns of the Neapolitan Riviera into the surrounding countryside. These paths take you almost from your hotel doorstep up into the lemon groves. You can visit hillside villages or remote monasteries and be regaled by the most stunning of views all along the way. The paths are often paved in stone or, if climbing steep hillsides, consist of flights of steps. The flowers are a constant delight: from broom and rosemary in March to freesias and cistus in May. In autumn, the woods are carpeted with cyclamen.

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Landscapes of South Africa - the Cape

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South Africa, covering an area stretching from Cape Point north to the West Coast National Park and east to Wellington. Twenty-three main walks are described in this book, together with a number of options for each. The bulk of the walks are on Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula, the rest further along the southern coast or in the interior: the Boland.

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La Gomera & Southern Tenerife - Landscapes of... Sunflower 

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This is the book to buy if you are staying in the the south of Tenerife or on La Gomera. (If you will be based in the north of Tenerife, near Puerto de la Cruz, see Landscapes of Tenerife). La Gomera is only an hour and a half from Tenerife by ferry, or only 35 minutes by hydrofoil. The schedules allow you enough time to get there for a day's car touring or walking.

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Walk & Eat Stockholm

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This pocket-sized full-colour guide is designed for short-break holidays in Stockholm.

Although all the walks described are easy, even 'non-walkers' will want to stroll around the city and its environs, so will find the city plans, descriptions of the sights, and restaurant recommendations useful. For each suggested restaurant there is a photograph of the décor and one of their dishes, plus sample menu, price guide, opening times, and a recipe for one of their specialities.

A special feature is the emphasis on natural local foods suitable for those with food intolerances. All recipes have been made by the authors and are known to 'work'. On-line updates keep readers abreast of any route or restaurant changes.


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Landscapes of Lake Geneva and Western Switzerland

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A country blessed with a most dramatic and spectacular landscape. Mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers, gorges, and waterfalls are plentiful natural elements into which cultural influences blend. Switzerland is a hiker’s paradise (you would expect nothing less of a country which has an article in its constitution regulating the responsibilities of those who maintain the thousands of kilometres of hiking paths), and boasts the world’s best public transport system, despite being arguably the most mountainous country in Europe. In Switzerland you may well find a mountain hut or comfortable hotel on top of a summit which is the terminus of a spectacular train or cable car ride, but there is still plenty of space where you will hardly meet a soul — perhaps only ibex

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Landscapes of the Tatra Mountains (Poland and Slovakia)

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Walking and car touring in Poland and Slovakia. This trans-national guide explores two outstanding national parks in southernmost Poland: Pieniny and Tatra, and the best of neighbouring Slovakia’s mountain areas in four national parks: Tatra, Slovensky Raj (Slovak Paradise), Low Tatra and Mala Fatra. In every one the natural landscapes are exceptionally beautiful, while each park has a distinctive identity. In the Pieniny you’ll find the river Dunajec gorge and limestone cliffs and crags. The Polish Tatra’s clusters of tarns lie at the bases of spiky arêtes, while the adjacent Slovak Tatras are synonymous with long deep valleys and precipitous, narrow passes. Slovensky Raj has the river Hornad gorge, but the Low Tatras are characterised by spaciousness and wide views from the broad central ridge. Mala Fatra isn’t entirely dissimilar, but with the added distinction of a network of narrow, accessible gorges. Beautiful conifer and deciduous forests are ubiquitous, the latter a delight during autumn.

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Landscapes of Tenerife

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Based on Puerto de la Cruz, this book features car tours all over the island and is the best choice for those staying in the north. Walks cover the Orotava Valley, Las Cañadas, the Teno and Anaga peninsulas. (For walks in the south of Tenerife, see Landscapes of Southern Tenerife and La Gomera.)

This was the first walking guide for Tenerife, but in recent years the island has become the most popular of all the Canaries amongst walkers. And for good reason. Tenerife has something for everyone country lanes for strolling, nature trails for hiking, and mountains to be scaled ­ including El Teide, the highest in all Spain. The profusion of wild plants and flowers makes the island a botanical treasure.


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