Whether it’s somewhere we’ve been or somewhere we’d like to go, we take a book down from the shelf and browse through it. This is much more enjoyable with our new editions in their wider format – there’s more space for inspiring photos.
When a walk takes our fancy, we say to ourselves ‘I’d like to be there right now!’ We download its GPS track from our website (most of our books have free GPS track downloads). Then, book in hand, we read the description and “walk the walk” – we open the GPS track in Google Earth and see where it goes – in 3D. Sometimes we go into street view on Google Earth, or we tilt it to see the ups and downs.
Of course, there’s a lot on Google Maps street view (especially if you want to do some car touring from your armchair), but this is a great opportunity to get to grips with Google Earth which has – to our way of thinking – much more scope than Google Maps. We can ‘fly away’ to our destination, even if the airlines are grounded.
And if you really want to get away, then why not check out one of our ‘Walk and Eat’ guides: Madeira, Avignon, Lisbon, Nice, Mallorca and Kefalonia all have free GPS track downloads on our website. Once you’ve walked the walks in those books, you can get further into the mood by cooking up some of the many recipes for local dishes in each of those guides.
Guides published in 2020
CROATIA: Just a day or two before the first lockdown was announced, we brought out a new, enlarged guide to Croatia’s coast and islands. The author, Sandy Bardwell, rewalked and redrove every metre and mile of trail and road in the 24 months before publication (with 9 car tours and 90 long and short walks there was far too much to check in the 12 months prior to publication). The book is in our new wider format, with all new OpenStreet mapping and free GPS tracks.
Price £14.99 from bookshops, £12.00 as a PDF from our website
SPAIN: Three new guides to the Canaries — the ideal winter holiday destination — were published in March 2020: Gran Canaria, Tenerife and La Palma/El Hierro. All were rechecked and revised just prior to publication, all are in the new wider format with new OpenStreet mapping and GPS tracks available for free download.
Price £14.99 each from bookshops, £12.00 each as a PDF from our website
New guides for 2021
The three books below are already available as pdf downloads from our website. We hope that we can take them into print early in 2021 — if travel is again possible.
MALLORCA: This new 9th edition is almost doubled in size, with 6 car tours and 90 long and short walks, many of them new. Almost all the routes were rewalked/driven in 2019-2020 before Spain locked down. Naturally, the book is in the new wide format, with new OpenStreet maps, many new photographs, and free GPS tracks.
PDF price from our website £14.00
COTE D’AZUR AND EASTERN PROVENCE: This new 4th edition is in the new wider livery and offers free GPS tracks for all the walks. The walks and tours were all checked in the months prior to the spring 2020 lockdown. This is an ideal guide for those of you preferring to avoid air travel.
PDF price from our website £14.00
MALTA: Also in the new wider format and with GPS tracks for every walk, this new 8th edition features government maps from the Malta Environment and Planning Authority and free downloadable GPS tracks.
PDF price from our website £13.00