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Ever been convinced to take a hike?


Well, read this guide - and buy the right boots - and you’ll find it’s as easy as a walk in the park…


Simon Whaley

Simon Whaley has been wandering aimlessly for years and is still trying to locate magnetic north. He has trodden many footpaths, bridleways and cowpats in the course of exploring the British countryside and has discovered that holding the map the right way up sometimes helps.

Readers of Country Walking and Country & Border Life magazines have followed in his footsteps for several years, showing a refreshing confidence in his professed ability to find some of the best hikers’ pubs in the country.

For his forthcoming midlife crisis, Simon is planning to walk the South West Coast Path. Having spent his early career in banking, and latterly in local government, he has realised that the best way out of any tricky situation is to get up and start walking.


"Lots to interest and amuse in this light-hearted guide to the world of walking. The chapter on how to cope in an outdoor shop is hilarious!"

The Independent

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Discover why a true hiker is never lost, only ‘temporarily misplaced’. And never attempt to bluff your way out of a situation in which you are temporarily misplaced in fog – especially if you can’t use a compass.

Ignore at your peril

Alongside a torch, a penknife and your first-aid kit, this guide should form part of your vital equipment. Now, do the sensible thing and buy the damn book!

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