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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! 

Trailblazer British Walking Guides App

Our partner, Atlas Guides, has produced a British Walking Guides App that now includes the South Downs Way, West Highland Way, and the Ridgeway. Additional trails are coming soon. More here...

 

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Practical guidebooks for overland travellers

By car, van or 4x4    By motorbike    ... or by bicycle

Guides with maps for long-distance paths in Britain

British Walking Guides

Our new full colour guide to 37 walks in Madeira

Madeira Walks

Guides with maps for treks further afield (Africa, South America, Asia)

Trekking guides

Rail guides

Japan by Rail    Trans-Siberian Handbook

Travel anthologies - now just £4.99 (half price)

The Walker's Anthology    The Walker's Anthology - Further Tales

The Railway Anthology     The Cyclist's Anthology

Thames Path - 2nd edn 

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.

Lechlade, Abingdon, Wallingford, Henley ... they all owe their location to the Thames, and different eras, when the river was a life source, a place of conflict, a boundary, a mode of transport and the provider of leisure, which, thankfully – for us, at least – it remains to this day.

  • 99 large-scale walking maps – at just under 1:20,000 – showing route times, gradients, where to stay, interesting features; includes GPS waypoints
  • Guides to 98 towns and villages – where to stay, restaurants and pubs
  • New second edition – includes extra colour mapping and trail profiles

Read more and buy the book.

Kilimanjaro - The Trekking Guide - 5th edn

At 5895 metres (19,341ft) Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain. Yet with no mountaineering skills necessary to reach the summit, even non-climbers can experience the thrill of climbing one of the world’s greatest peaks. Taking you from the dusty plains of East Africa through jungle and moorland to the glacier-clad summit, this is one of the most beautiful and challenging treks there is.

  • The most authoritative and detailed guide to climbing Africa's highest mountain.

Read more and buy the book.

 


Tour du Mont Blanc
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Thames Path: Thames Head to the Thames Barrier
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Madeira Walks - 37 selected walks
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North Downs Way: Farnham to Dover
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Trekking in the Everest Region
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Norfolk Coast Path & Peddars Way
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Coast to Coast Path: St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay
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Kilimanjaro - The trekking guide to Africa's highest mountain
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Dorset & South Devon Coast Path (South-West Coast Path Part 3)
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South Downs Way: Winchester to Eastbourne
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South-West Coast Path Books 1-3
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The Inca Trail, Cusco & Machu Picchu
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Scottish Highlands Hillwalking guide
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Morocco Overland
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Overlanders' Handbook
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Great Glen Way: Fort William to Inverness
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Hadrian's Wall Path: Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway
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Exmoor & North Devon Coast Path (South-West Coast Path Part 1)
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The Ridgeway: Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon
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Japan by Rail
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Dales Way: Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere
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Adventure Cycle-Touring Handbook
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Offa's Dyke Path: Prestatyn to Chepstow
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Adventure Motorcycling Handbook
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Peru's Cordilleras Blanca & Huayhuash - The Hiking & Biking Guide
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Nepal Trekking and the Great Himalaya Trail
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Moroccan Atlas - the Trekking Guide
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Trans-Siberian Handbook
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