The Walker’s Handbook


Everything You Need to Know about Walking in the British Isles

The 5th edition of my book was published in June 2015. It is the only book currently in print that covers just about every aspect of the subject and should appeal both to hillwalkers and those who enjoy lowland walking. It contains important information about Ordnance Survey maps that is not available in any other book about walking and about which few people are aware.

The cover price is £19.99.

The scope of the subjects covered can be assessed by downloading the following extracts:

The first edition of The Walker’s Handbook was published in 1978. This, the 5th edition, has been completely re-written and updated in manual format to include the latest developments in the world of walking.

Subjects covered include behaviour in the countryside, kit and equipment, maps and navigation (six chapters), footpath guides, safety, first aid and mountain rescue, and walking in winter. There are chapters on walking in each of the countries of the British Isles, walking holidays, backpacking, challenge walks, peak-bagging and walking festivals, clubs, walking with children, letterboxing and geocaching, and how to lead walks and walking tours. There is a 9-page list of useful organizations, and a 6-page glossary of walking terms,

In order to assist readers to find information quickly there is an 11-page list of contents, and a 12-page index that refers to numbered paragraphs rather than pages.

The Walker’s Handbook is the only book currently in print that contains all the information most walkers will require. For those who want to pursue specific subjects in even more detail, there are extensive bibliographies of useful books and information about websites.

In order to keep the information up-to-date readers are invited to submit corrections, amendments and additions by email which, when verified, will be published on the author’s website (see page 20).

The book is self-published under the imprint Footpath Publications


The author is available for media interviews

Bibliographical details
Title: The Walker’s Handbook; everything you need to know about walking in the British Isles
Edition: 5th
Author: Hugh Westacott
Publisher: Footpath Publications, ISBN: 978-0-9503696-8-6
No of pages: 346
Page size: 156 x 234 mm
Illustrations: 44 line drawings
Binding: Paperback
Weight: 610g
Published date: 15th June 2015
Price £19.99

Available from Cordee Publishing Ltd (, which also distributes the title to bookshops, outdoor shops and other on-line retailers.