By Terry Marsh

This guidebook deals the entire info walkers have to benefit from the 338km (210 miles) of the Severn method. starting on the River Severn's resource in Powys, mid-Wales, the direction follows the complete Severn Valley, meandering via many exceptional landscapes and engaging cities and villages earlier than completing close to Bristol, in south-west England. The River Severn pulls jointly threads of background, alternate, trade, civil battle and the lives of standard people to supply a tapestry that's finely woven and wealthy in color. That walkers will want to hint its path, its many twists and turns, is hardly ever striking, no longer least as a result of its skill to provide numerous demanding situations and considerable delights. jogging the Severn manner is an opportunity to break out from all of it and chill out with no need to hotel to far-off mountain areas. The step by step course description is split into 4 county sections, observed via OS map extracts and choked with old and geographical information regarding the areas alongside the best way. additionally contains a path to the resource of the river through Plynlimon and a hyperlink course from Severn seashore again to Bristol on the end.

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By Christopher Nicholson

Shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature 2017.
a gorgeous publication approximately love and loss, fragility and likelihood, the vast international and the close to global . . . jam-packed with extreme mild and color, notable glimpses, relocating insights and sophisticated humour.' Richard Kerridge, writer of Cold Blood
because the summer time attracts to a detailed, a couple of snowbeds - a few as large as icebergs - live to tell the tale within the Scottish Highlands. Christopher Nicholson's Among the summer season Snows is either a party of those nice, icy relics and an intensely own meditation on their value. A booklet to please all these drawn to mountains and snow, packed with vibrant description and anecdote, it explores the meanings of nature, good looks and mortality within the twenty-first century.
'This ravishingly attractive publication is ready thought-snow, summer time snow, flight, falling, stillness, reminiscence, loss, mountains, Time, demise, survival and every little thing in among. it truly is an extreme scrutiny of minute worlds, a roaming gaze into the vastness of area, intimate, introspective and questioning.' Keggie Carew, writer of Dadland

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By Paul Rabbitts

Our nice British parks are one of many most interesting legacies of the Victorian age. Designed and bequeathed to the loads as a part of a move encouraging eco-friendly areas and activity, the general public park got here to symbolise one of many maximum contributions of the era.

Opened in expanding numbers within the industrious 19th century, via the top of the 20 th century a lot of our parks had develop into unfortunately ignored. With the collaboration of enterprises together with retain Britain Tidy and the background Lottery Fund, an unlimited undertaking of regeneration was once initiated. at the present time they continue to be outdoors locations for everybody to take pleasure in, appearing as children’s play parts, activities grounds or even live performance venues.

Great British Parks explores a few of these amazing public areas, of curiosity to an individual who makes use of and appreciates them. It can pay tribute to the numerous park groups, neighborhood professionals, grant-giving our bodies and people who have controlled, maintained, restored and taken care of our public parks – the day before today, this day and tomorrow.

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By Peter Christie,Graham Hobbs

From its scenic vantage element at the North Devon coast, the seashore city of Ilfracombe has noticeable many alterations in its lengthy background. during this targeted choice of outdated and new pictures from the information of the Ilfracombe Museum, a lot of that are formerly unpublished images, the reader is invited to percentage a nostalgic glimpse of Ilfracombe in days passed by. Its state of affairs because the in basic terms port on a protracted stretch of risky coast made it excellent for smaller buying and selling ships and fishing vessels who docked within the harbour to load and sell off their shipment, whereas the transparent sea air made the city a favored vacation spot for travelers from the towns. We discover the resorts, theatres, halls and public rooms the place the crowds have been entertained, and stopover at the streets and lanes, homes, faculties, retailers and folks that experience performed an element in shaping town of at the present time. observed by means of informative and distinct textual content, this awesome assortment deals a useful list of the prior that's bound to attract either citizens and viewers alike.

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By Vernon Place

Isleham is a hectic and energetic village extending from the limestone subsoil of the highlands down into the (now shrinking) black fertile soil of the fens of south-east Cambridgeshire; the River Lark divides it from Suffolk because it flows into the nice Ouse close to Ely. It has a inhabitants of fewer than 2,500. The parish covers round 5,000 acres of typically agricultural land which, together with the extraction of limestone in prior instances, supplied employment for almost all of the village.Until the early 1800s, entry to the village was once in most cases by means of river even if a few areas will be accessed via droves and footpaths. The railways got here in 1885 and enormously decreased the river site visitors leading to a lot unemployment. A street equipped during the fens to Prickwillow in 1939 and one equipped later to Soham made go back and forth a lot more uncomplicated. This affectionate portrait of the world will evoke nostalgic stories for citizens and viewers alike.

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By Simon McNeill-Ritchie,Ron Elam

The district of Wimbledon has develop into synonymous with its world-famous tennis match held right here on the grounds that 1922. This a part of south-west London has been inhabited because the Iron Age and has constructed over the centuries into particular components: the ‘village’ and the ‘town’. The village constructed first because it started to allure prosperous retailers from the town however the arrival of the London & South West Railway in 1838 observed the focal point of next advancements shift clear of the unique village in the direction of the city, that's now the most retail centre.

Southfields, in the meantime, was once nonetheless a principally a space of fields among the villages of Wimbledon and Putney till the arriving of the railway within the past due 19th century, connecting Wimbledon to Putney Bridge. utilizing a range of outdated and new photos, neighborhood historians Simon McNeill-Ritchie and Ron Elam hint the precise trips of those suburban districts during the last century, making this booklet crucial examining for a person who is aware and loves this recognized a part of south London.

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By Paul Hindle

The canal bought its Act of Parliament in 1791, and was once opened from Bolton and Bury to Salford in 1797. The canal by no means reached Manchester. It was once attached to the River Irwell in 1808 and to the remainder of the canal approach in 1838. The canal is simply over 15 miles lengthy, and has 3 fingers radiating out from Nob lead to Little Lever; all seventeen locks are at the Salford arm. The canal mostly carried coal, and there have been over 6 miles of tramways associated with it. because the collieries closed, the canal among 1924 and 1966, even though the large breach close to Nob lead to 1936 bring to a halt the Bury arm. A canal society used to be shaped in 1987 to revive the canal, and the 1st size used to be reopened in Salford in 2008. The society outfitted a distinct Meccanostyle bridge at Little Lever in 2012.

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By Jack Maloney,Barbara Maloney

Lovesick sheep, rumors of battle, storms at sea, whisky galore - a midlife break out from an 'empty nest' in the USA to begin afresh within the wilds of Scotland.

When their young children develop up and go away domestic, authors Jack and Barbara Maloney promote their apartment in a midwest suburb and run off to the Highlands. Following a one-lane song referred to as ''The Wee Mad Road,'' they notice an remoted remnant of conventional Gaelic tradition, peopled by means of characters as particular and remarkable because the surrounding mountains.

The Maloneys settle into an outdated stone cottage and spend years in repeated collisions with old fashioned Highland methods. Entries from Barbara's diary aspect the realities of village existence, whereas Jack recounts stories of poachers, crofters and lairds in a single of mainland Britain's such a lot scenic and remoted corners.

The Wee Mad highway is a hot and witty account of 2 years within the Highlands, with illustrations of lifestyle within the wildest reaches of the uk. it is a 'how to' e-book for an individual who goals of escaping the doldrums of suburban midlife and beginning over.

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By Christopher Sanders

Helensburgh’s heritage starts at the eleven January 1776 while Sir James Colquhoun of Luss, at the shore of Loch Lomond, marketed land to be divided into development plots at the south-facing slope overlooking the Clyde. town, referred to as after woman Helen Colquhoun, obtained a royal constitution in 1802 and constructed swiftly on a deliberate grid trend in the course of the 19th century. Henry Bell’s Comet, the 1st seagoing steam send on the planet, begun a commuter carrier to Glasgow in 1812, making the city, with its high quality perspectives over the ocean, an enticing position to live.

By Edwardian occasions, various tremendous homes, a few designed via very important architects, have been outfitted up the hill, culminating within the Hill condo, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece. among the wars and within the ’50s and ’60s, Helensburgh was once a truly renowned lodge for day journeys ‘doon the watter’ from Glasgow, and notwithstanding this has now declined, the proximity to the Loch Lomond nationwide Park and crusing at the Clyde potential it truly is nonetheless an enormous vacation vacation spot. the city is with regards to the adjoining naval base at Faslane and combines maritime traditions with superb streets jam-packed with clouds of cherry blossom in spring.

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By Anthony Beeson

Bristol, ‘Queen of the West Country’, is a urban based on production and exchange. as soon as defined as generating inside of its bounds each day-by-day necessity required in lifestyles, its retailers have been mocked by way of outsiders for lives ruled by means of a rage for revenue. It was once a urban within which grandeur lived cheek by way of jowl with poverty and pollutants, and unsafe with domesticity.

Old and sleek Bristol are defined the following in drawings, work and pictures (many formerly unpublished from the author’s assortment and people of the Bristol primary Reference Library), in a quantity that enhances the author’s earlier e-book for Amberley on vital Bristol.

The ebook is prepared as a sequence of textual and visible peregrinations round Bristol and its major arterial routes, and records a number of the myriad adjustments that experience happened within the city’s evolution during the last few centuries.

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