The Big Walks of the South

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • Price: £8.99
  • Publication date: 1 March 2010
  • ISBN: 9781849530248

About the book

From the South Downs Way to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, there is no better way to discover the spectacular diversity of southern Britain’s landscape than on foot. Whether you enjoy exploring green and gently rolling valleys or tackling rugged cliff-top paths, there are walks here to keep you rambling all year round.

An indefatigable walker, David Bathurst has unlaced his boots to produce this invaluable and definitive companion to the ten best-loved long-distance footpaths in the south of Britain, with each split into manageable sections. Combining practical, detailed descriptions with an appreciation of the beauty and history of the British countryside, this in an indispensable guide for both experienced and novice walkers alike.

About the author

David Bathurst has walked all the complete National Trails of Great Britain as well as the Coast to Coast Walk, the entire south coast of England, the highest points of all the English counties and the peaks of England, Wales and Scotland. Now semi-retired but working part-time as a criminal lawyer, he lives near Chichester in West Sussex.


'informative… giving a good idea of the flavour of the walk and of what there is to see... helpful pair of volumes for those looking to choose a suitable first or next long distance footpath... Easy to read.'

Walking Wales

'walks are divided up… each section providing its own uniqueness and a little description of interesting bits you will encounter.'

Middleton and North Manchester Guardian

'a great read and could even provide inspiration for anyone looking to explore other big walks of the south.'

East Kent Mercury

'a useful source of ideas.'

The Oxford Times

'these collections of walks by David Bathurst combine practical tips with descriptions of the countryside they pass through.'

Best of British

'David Bathurst is the knowledge on Britain's long-distance footpaths.

Adventure Travel

'once I started reading them I became transfixed... Indispensable guides for both experienced and novice walkers.'

The Burton Mail

'could be ideal... instantly superior to those walking books which merely put the OS map into words.'

Solihull News

'includes helpful information… good advice… this book is sure to put you well and truly on the right path.'

Lancashire Evening Post