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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Author has all you need to walk the way

THE Cumbria Way is a 73-mile trail that takes in the best sights that the county has to offer, from Ulverston up to Carlisle.

Hundreds of people tackle the challenge every year, and now Kendal-based author Peter Jackson has written a guidebook which he believes provides walkers with all the information they need to plan their journey.

The recently-published Illustrated Walking Guide to the Cumbria Way features more than 120 photos of points on the route, sketch maps and step-by-step route directions, and buyers of the book also get access to a comprehensive accommodation guide and a list of waypoints along the way.

Having been a hill-walker for many years and having spent 10 years as co-owner of a company that operated Lake District walking holidays, Peter understands what information walkers need from a guidebook.

“I soon realised that many people who wanted to organise their own walking holidays just did not have the information or confidence to do it,” he says.

“That is why I started to write the guidebooks myself.”

Peter began with The Dales Way last year and followed it up recently with this second in the series bon the Cumbria Way.

Over the years he has walked extensively in both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales and also in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and France.

In 1997 he walked from Land’s End to John o’Groats – the long way: 1300 miles via Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, the highest peaks in each of the three countries he passed through.

But he believes these comprehensive guides are suitable even for the most inexperienced walkers.

He says: “The books are designed to be stand-alone guides to carry with you on the trail, but the extra information provided should enable all walkers to plan the walk to be exactly as they want it to be – this can often be the difference between a good holiday and a brilliant one.

“My hope is that this new guidebook will encourage walkers to get out there and do it, especially, perhaps, those who might have doubts about it.”

Illustrated Walking Guide to the Cumbria Way is available in Ulverston from Sutton’s bookshop, Mountain Air and the Tourist Information Centre.

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