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From High Heels to High Hills
Heelwalker1 is a name that may be familiar to keen ramblers with internet access. But Tanya Oliver is the name behind the well loved fell walking blog. Step Beach Press is proud to announce that her book will be released on 31st October. 'From High Heels to High Hills' tells the real life story of one woman's passion for the mountains of the Lake District and how she's conquered them - in her own style. Tanya describes the Lake District and its communities with love and awe, capturing the beauty and colour with wry honesty and humour. She draws upon her own extensive experience and passions to give you an insight into climbing mountains which regular guide books do not â€“ ensuring that your essential waterproofs extend to mascara. Written with knowledge, flare and vivacity, From High Heels to High Hills combines a substantial understanding of the Lake District with resilience, determination and a touch of self-deprecation. Each escapade includes stunning photos that capture the magic of the fells. She recounts the embarrassing trips, falls and stumbles, false starts and abandoned expeditions, as well as the triumphs and adventures. This book includes all 214 of Wainwright's named fell walks, but this is a journey with a difference. Available for pre-order now at www.stepbeachpress.co.uk/books.
West Highland Way app newly available for Android phones.
For the first time, a guide to Scotland's West Highland Way long distance path is available for Android phones and tablets. People can use it to plan their route and accommodation in advance and also day-to-day as they walk the route. The app can display a map of the route overlayed with the locations of essential facilities such as hotels, hostels, B&Bs, campsites, shops, transport links, etc. Users can move around the map and touch a location to see information about the facilities there, including links to the appropriate website for further information. So people can find the best accommodation options and link straight to their websites for contact details and booking. The app can also display detailed information about the distance of each day's walk, including height ascended and descended. It presents a sample 8-day itinerary and allows users to modify this to suit their preferences for accommodation and distance per day. All this makes it easy to plan the walk in advance, but the app is also useful when actually walking the route. It uses GPS positioning to display the current position on the map of the route. The user can touch any other point on the route to see the distance to walk to it. All the information already mentioned about accommodation, etc is available for people who haven't booked everything in advance. There is also a diary feature so people can record their experiences as they walk and (optionally) send them to their friends.