Walkers often set their sights on the cloud skimming hill ranges and mountains of Britain.
While these do offer some spectacular views and walking experiences there are some equally stunning walks to enjoy at a much lower altitude.
Guidebook publisher Bradt joined forces with award-winning travel writer Phoebe Smith to bring some of these often overlooked locations to the attention of the walking community. “Britain’s Best Small Hills” highlights 60 of these hidden gems throughout the British Isles.
This rucksack friendly book begins with a well written introduction to what kind of equipment you should take with you when heading out on the hills along with some good advice that those new to walking will find useful.
The book is illustrated throughout with beautifully shot colour photographs from each of the hills featured throughout the book which is nice to see. There are many guide books that neglect the inclusion of good photography and instead rely solely on the text alone to guide the walker on their way which sometimes leads to confusion.
Describing the routes
Each featured route begins with a breakdown of the route and includes starting location, stats (distance height, terrain etc) and a note of which OS maps you will require in order to navigate your way along the trail. The author then moves on to introduce the walk to the reader offering some interesting local information and snippets to encourage the reader to take up the challenge.
Every route is described in legs and each corresponds to a marking on a basic thumbnail map. This is a nice feature and will help the reader to mark up their OS map with the route. The author provides very clear and concise directions for each leg which are easy to follow. At the end of each described route the author throws in some suggestions to make you walk even better. The suggestions include things for little adventurers to enjoy and nearby places for those looking for somewhere to have a cuppa and a bite to eat. These added extras are a nice addition and which I think, many walkers will find helpful.
Scottish small hills
The are 20 Scottish hills listed in the guide. The selection of hills is spread across the whole of the country and one of the feature walks is in our very own Kingdom of Fife. The chosen hills will most likely be familiar to many visitors to this website but for those new to hill walking the inclusion of these hills will be very useful. The author has chosen Fife’s Falkland Hill to be featured and we have to agree with her choice as it one of our team’s favourite places to walk in the region.
The author, Phoebe Smith, has produced a well researched and well written guide to some of Britain’s Best Small Hills. The text throughout is written is a way that is easy to consume and understand which is essential for a guide of this sort. A good addition to any walkers bookshelf.