Wild Britain: A Traveller's Guide

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"Wild Britain" is both a comprehensive guidebook and a personal introduction to the last outposts of wilderness in England, Scotland and Wales. It conveys the excitement of walking in wild places, the water-loud, lush-green and dapple-shaded Dartmoor streams and the thud of the gale-swept Atlantic rollers as they batter the granite battlements of the North Devon and Cornish Cliffs.
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Overview

"Wild Britain" is both a comprehensive guidebook and a personal introduction to the last outposts of wilderness in England, Scotland and Wales. It conveys the excitement of walking in wild places, the water-loud, lush-green and dapple-shaded Dartmoor streams and the thud of the gale-swept Atlantic rollers as they batter the granite battlements of the North Devon and Cornish Cliffs.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These two volumes, soon to be followed by Wild France, provide comprehensive, region-by-region descriptions of each country's unspoiled wild lands and isolated natural getaways--mountains, plains, woods, sea coasts, and remote islands. Beautiful photographs, detailed maps, line drawings of plants and animals, and descriptions complement information on the landforms, flora, fauna, and physical activities; directions are given, as are all the necessary names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail and web addresses of recommended accommodations and further information. The books also rate areas to indicate degree of wildness and the level of fitness and experience travelers will need to enjoy themselves. Both have excellent glossaries and indexes. The Britain edition covers England, Scotland, and Wales. Botting is the series editor, and Grunfeld, now deceased, was a travel writer who was nominated for a Pulitzer for his book on Auguste Rodin. For travelers who like to spend their time in the ever-endangered open spaces and wildernesses, or for those who would like to mix their cultural, historical trips with activities in nature, this series is a helpful and resourceful addition to the current travel literature.--Melinda Stivers Leach, Precision Editorial Svcs., Wondervu, CO Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
The series editor and writer of several other guides introduces readers to the remaining wilderness areas of England, Scotland, and Wales. He describes the physical attributes and flora and fauna of over 170 places, provides details for tourists, rates the degree of wildness, and includes color maps and photos. Best read wearing sensible shoes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Jodee Tayloe
While most people tend to think of Britain as urban and developed, the author, a well-traveled British native, said the toughest part about writing a guidebook featuring nature was deciding what to leave out. In covering England, Scotland and Wales, Botting starts in the south (England's West Country) and finishes in the north (the Shetland Islands of Scotland) with detailed descriptions of moors, fens, heaths, islands, woods and other types of natural bounty. His charming descriptions of his childhood haunts and wartime escapades add to the delightful descriptions. Each chapter takes on a different region, for example Northwest, and then is further divided into smaller areas such as the Lake District. The beginning of each chapter features an overview, with the author's recollections, a detailed map and listings on Getting There, Where to Stay, Activities and Further Information. The smaller area descriptions are measured on a three-eagle scale, with three eagles meaning the most "wild" or "unspoiled" areas. After the description of each area is a listing including Before You Go, which includes maps to get and websites to peruse and more detail on Getting There and Where to Stay within the specific region. There are schedules and warnings of closures.
The detail and information in this the book is substantial. It's Botting's own charm, however, that makes this book shine above other guides. His youth in Yorkshire is recollected; war stories are recounted; and comparisons to The Wind in the Willows and stories from his own trips give each region, each path, each beach a personal feeling. He finds the coast near gritty Liverpool enchanting, thanks to the plethora of birds that choose to live there. With gorgeous color photos, pen-and-ink animal and plant illustrations and an exhaustive index, planning a trip through "wild" England, Scotland and Wales may actually be as much fun as the trip itself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566563215
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Series: Wild Guides Series
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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