Practical guidebooks for the more adventurous traveller.
- The Herald
TRAILBLAZER Route guides for the adventurous traveller
Travel guides written by travellers for travellers
Since 1991 we've been publishing a select list of practical guidebooks written by travellers for travellers. Trailblazer authors have a voice and these books are opinionated. They tell it like it is – bad as well as good.
We've concentrated on providing readers with information on routes as we believe the interest can be as much in the getting there as in the final destination. The range now includes adventure travel guides, rail guides, worldwide trekking guides and British walking guides. Take a look at our booklist and be inspired!
Thames Path: Thames Head to the Thames Barrier
The Thames Path is a national trail running for 184 miles from the river’s source at Thames Head near Kemble to the Thames Barrier in London.
The path begins, as the river does, in a meadow in the Cotswolds; its upper reaches lonely and wild. As the waters deepen the settlements along its banks begin to grow in both size and grandeur and, reaching Oxford, the solitude of the river slowly subsides and the trail becomes as much about historic towns, churches, abbeys and castles as it does the river.
Offa's Dyke Path: Prestatyn to Chepstow
The Offa’s Dyke Path is a superb National Trail that runs from the North Wales coast to the Severn Estuary following the line of Offa’s Dyke, an impressive 8th-century earth-work along the English/Welsh border.
The ever-changing landscape – the Clwydian Range, the Shropshire Hills, the Black Mountains and the Wye Valley – is steeped in history and legend providing 177 miles (285km) of fascinating walking.
Nepal Trekking and the Great Himalaya Trail
With extensive sections to help you choose your trekking region, this is a route and planning guide for anyone organising a trekking holiday in Nepal.
It includes the most popular routes as well as the newest trekking areas plus the most extreme route of all, the Great Himalaya Trail.
Running the entire 4500 km length of the Himalaya via Bhutan, Nepal and India, The Great Himalaya Trail is the world’s longest and highest walking route.
The author is the first person to plot and describe the complete route; the 160-day Nepal section is included here. It winds through all of Nepal’s regions following main trekking routes linking these using local trails.
Peru's Cordilleras Blanca & Huayhuash –
The Hiking & Biking Guide
The Cordilleras Blanca and Huayhuash boast some of the most spectacular scenery in the Andes, and some of the most accessible high altitude trekking and cycling in the world.
Perfect pyramidal peaks, gargantuan ice falls and turquoise alpine lakes are all easily reached from Huaraz, the region's capital and centre of tourist comforts.
This practical guide contains 50 detailed route maps and descriptions covering 20 hiking trails and 30 days of paved and dirt road cycle touring.