And now in full colour

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In Hike and Bike Bowland Jon Sparks will show you around. On his well chosen 24 walks, 7 road bike and 4 mountain bike rides he will take you to places high and low, by river, through woods and onto the tops. In these fine landscapes you can lean back on a warm rock and listen to the call of the curlew or amble through meadows glowing with buttercups or, for those of you with a zest for something more daring, take a white-knuckle ride on the rocky mountain bike trails of Gisburn Forest. There’s even a long distance route, which can be broken up into six linear walks, with good transport links making it straightforward to tackle them individually. The author provides fascinating background information on flora and fauna, history, legend and literature. The book is sumptuously illustrated with the author’s photographs and simple but clear full-colour mapping.

Jon’s high photographic ability turns Hike and Bike Bowland into a splendid celebration of the Forest of Bowland’s extreme beauty and, being a local (Jon lives in Garstang), he has the experience to show his readers all the best routes to the best places. Although it’s a guidebook Hike and Bike Bowland’s high quality printing and illustrations will make this desirable winter fireside reading and a popular Christmas present.

Hike & Bike in Bowland

by Jon Sparks

160 pages  140mm by 200mm

95 full colour photos 25 full colour maps

Jacket is printed both sides in colour and with 70mm flaps

ISBN 978-1- 902017-03-7      Price £10.95

Scrambles & Easy Climbs in the Lake District

by Jon Sparks & Judith Brown

This highly successful title is now in full colour. The book has been updated by the authors and contains new images and some new drawings

ISBN 978-1- 902017-05-1

Price £12.95

Scrambles & Easy Climbs in the Lake District is about the appreciation of rock, the exhilaration of climbing, and the sheer pleasure of doing it in some of the most beautiful places on earth. By discarding the arbitrary division between scrambles and rock-climbs, the books makes its readers free to explore all the Lake District's rocky places.

    The book, by two experienced rock-climbers, Jon Sparks and Judith Brown, also offers sound advice on how to get started and how to progress; routes that are safe in the wet, and those that should be saved for perfect conditions; and where to eat, drink and sleep between the ascents. But above all you'll find 69 routes, from scrambling Grade 1 to rock-climbing V.Diff, which explore the many faces of Lakeland rock.

    There is no better way to spend a Lakeland day than climbing Scafell Pike via the Esk Gorge, Thor's Buttress and Ill Crags. Scrambles & Easy Climbs offers a score of such expeditions, from valley floor to airy summit, with hands on rock  almost all the way. Less arduous, but equally enjoyable, are days on valley crags like Shepherd's or stand-alone scrambles like Cam Crag Ridge. You can clamber on sunny Pikes Crag high above Wasdale Head; potter about above the oak woods of the Duddon valley; or climb Kirk Fell the wet way, through the waterfalls of Ill Gill.