Saturday, March 7, 2009

Review of A Northern Coast to Coast Walk by Terry Marsh




A Northern Cost to Coast Walk by Terry Marsh



One is good, two is better.

I finished reading the second book on the Coast to Coast walk.

This book, is diametrically opposite to Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk book. Colour photos instead of black and white drawing, plain facts instead of facts mixed with dry humour, simplicity instead of enlightening experience (as simple as talking a route through the valley, instead of the hilltop) and printed like any standard book instead of hand written notes. To be exact this is a "practical book" with standard Ordnance Survey maps. The water proof plastic cover should come in handy in the wet English weather. However I will never know which book was more helpful during the walk until I walk!

One unique thing is that this book explains walking from west to east and vice versa. Following Wainwright's advice, most of the other books and article I read and browsed through only talks about the west to east walk making sure the sun and wind are hitting your back instead of your face. But I feel alternate views are always good for the non conformists.

The author, Terry Marsh, is introduced as a writer and photographer since 1980. And indeed he is a good photographer seeing all the nice pictures in the book. The appendices include some useful addresses, reference books and the like.

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