“If it ain't broke, don't fix it” is that well-worn adage, and it is certainly true with the format of this books. Bright and colourful, with a good number of excellent photographs and a modern, airy feel to the design is what the Top 10 Walks series is all about. Have a look at my review of Pub Walks: Walks to Cumbria's Best Pubs.
All of the walks have a shout to be included in the book, but I have a couple of particular favourites.
First is the Porthmadog route to summit of the hill which dominates the port – Moel-y-Gest. Porthmadog is very familiar to me as it was one of the places we used to visit on the annual family holiday to North Wales when I was a child. It’s also a place to go now as a mid point of two spectacular narrow gauge steam railways – so there’s lots of reasons to visit. From the summit, the walk offers a fantastic view of the port of Porthmadog – named after William Alexander Madocks and his attempt to command the route between the newly joined capital cities of London and Dublin in the early 1800s.
The second of my favourite walks in the book is actually from Porthmadog again… but this time to the Italianate village of Portmeirion, the brainchild of Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis.
10 walks in a bright, colourful and detailed book – complete with proper OS mapping which means you don't really need a separate map – all for £4.99. It’s a real bargain, and although you can buy apps for your smartphone for less, they don't really have the detailed route descriptions or the beautiful photography this book does.
If you're in the market for 10 short walks in the Cardigan Bay area, then this is the book for you.
Cardigan Bay North: Circular walks along the Wales Coast Path by Sioned Bannister
published by Northern Eye Books.
Walks Around Britain rating 9/10