I don’t think there is a walker in Fife that has not walked through the Ochils, Campsie Fells and Lomond Hills at some point in their life.
They are possibly the most accessible and enjoyable hills for those living in Fife and Stirlingshire.
A good grounding
The book begins by giving the reader a nicely illustrated introduction to the flora, animal life, weather and history connected to the area which is particularly nice for those new to this region of Scotland.
The author then moves on to the practicalities of hillwalking. This segment of the book covers planning and preparing for your trip and includes a run-through of some recommended equipment along with an overview of some basic hill craft and first aid skills for the new walker. There is also a shortened summary of the essential Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
The walking routes
The routes are split up into the three areas with a overview map at the beginning of each. The routes feature some popular and well-known walks along with some lesser trodden trails. The routes range from easy walking paths to long distance with more challenging terrain ensuring that there is something for everyone.
The author starts each route with a breakdown which includes the distance, height gain, time, difficulty rating, the maps that you will need (listings for both OS and Harvey maps) and the grid reference for the starting point.
The author’s style of writing is pleasant and flowing making it easy to follow and each route is described in a clear and easy-reading manner allowing readers to use the guide while walking their chosen route.
There is also a very clear 1:50000 Ordnance Survey map extract marked with the route upon it for quick reference. I like to see the use of such map extracts as some guides us very loose sketches which can be open to incorrect interpretation and when out on exposed hills this can be a recipe for disaster.
The book is well presented in both text and imagery and I particularly liked the little helpful snippets scattered throughout which mention things such as what birds to look out for in certain areas and the best viewpoints along the way. The walking routes are nicely selected and even I, a person who has been walking these hills for many years, have found a few routes that I have never explored but will now. A good read.