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ORDNANCE SURVEY GUIDEBOOKS

A consolidated index of all series

From the early 1980s the Ordnance Survey began to produce a series of guidebooks in partnership with other publishers and using 1:25,000 and other scale mapping, including Guides to Waterways, Cycle Tours, Recreational Path Guides, and National Trail Guides. Currently the company produces Pathfinder Guides, Short Walks, and City Walks.

In April 2016, Ordnance Survey and the Crimson Company combined to become co-publishers of the Pathfinder, Short Walks and City Walks range and the sole distributor for the UK.




I am very grateful to Iain Taylor for considerable information about, and analysis of, the Guides in this collection.


A. NICHOLSON'S GUIDES TO WATERWAYS. (1972 - to date)

[Introductory text here]

Nicholson's Guides to Waterways. British Waterways Board, 1972
First Edition
1 South East, editor Paul Atterbury, 160 pages, 1971
2 North West, editors Paul Atterbury and Andrew Darwin, 176 pages, 1972
3 South West, editors Paul Atterbury and Andrew Darwin, 144 pages, 1973, 1978
4 North East, editors Paul Atterbury and Andrew Darwin, 144 pages, 1973, 1978
5 The Midlands, 160 pages, 1976.
 
Second revised edition, 1981
1 South
2 Midlands
3 North
 
[Robert] Nicholson. Ordnance Survey Guide to the Waterways
Third Edition, 1983
"maps reproduced from O.S. maps with permission' .. constructed around the superb OS maps, specially adapted." 1. South, 1983. 208pp. Intro. 14pp, History, etc. Index.
River Avon, Grand Union, Kennet & Avon, Lee & Stort, Monmouth & Brecon, Oxford, River Severn, Stratford-on- Avon, Worcester & Birmingham Canals.
2. Central
3. North
4. Thames [and Wey - on title page not cover], 1984
160pp. 36 page intro.; 38 excerpts of 1:25k maps. Cricklade to Godalming. Mileages & Index
[5] 'The Ordnance Survey Guide to the Waterways', 1984.
 
Fourth Edition, 1989
1. South
2. Central, 1989.
3. North 1989 (revised 1990) 176pp. Intro. 14pp.; Aire, Calder, Hebble, Huddersfield, Bridgewater, Leeds & Liverpool, Trent & Trent & Mersey, etc. Canals; History & Index.
 
Fifth Edition, 1991
1 South, 208pp.
2 Central, 176pp. maps 2 miles to inch
3 North
[4] River Thames?
[5] Broads & Fens
 
Sixth edition 1993?
 
Seventh Edition, 1995
published as an 'Imprint' of Harper Collins
1 South
2 Central
3 North
[4] River Thames
[5] Guide to Great Britain
 
Later editions (1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009)
1 Grand Union, Oxford & the South East
2 Severn, Avon & Birmingham
3 Birmingham & the Heart of England
4 Four Counties & the Welsh Canals
5 North West & the Pennines, 2009, 203pp.
6 Nottingham, York & the North East
7 River Thames & the Southern Waterways
8 Scotland, the Highland and Lowland Waterways (only in the 2003 edition)
[9] Inland Waterways. 'Map of the Norfolk Broads, 2007, (85 x 89cm on 95 x 127cm.) 1:50,000.
 
Edition?
Nicholson's Waterway Guide
 
Currently in print
1 Grand Union, Oxford & the South East, 2016
2 Severn, Avon & Birmingham, 2014
3 Birmingham & the Heart of England, 2015
4 Four Counties & the Welsh Canals, 2015
5 North West & the Pennines, 2015
6 Nottingham, York & the North East, 2017
7 River Thames & the Southern Waterways, 2017
[8] Norfolk Broads, 2014
[9] Nicholson Inland Waterways Map of Great Britain, 2016
[10] Collins Nicholson Waterways of Britain: An illustrated guide to Britain's best waterways, 2016
 

B. LEISURE GUIDES (1983 - to date)

This series commenced in 1983 and appears to have reached an hiatus around 2003. The initial series began as a co-production ("produced jointly by the Publication Division of the Automobile Association and the Ordnance Survey") (O.S.) and (A.A.) with a statement of joint copyright. The guides were uniformly 120 pages in length and used a large number of photographs from the AA Photo Library supplemented by images from many other sources including tourist boards, etc.

The arrangement of the guide was as follows: introduction (in several parts); gazetteer (approx. 44 pages); atlas of approx. 14 pages including an index map (1:250,000); 6 (or so ) 1:50,000.

After 1996 the OS took over sole production responsibilities for re-publishing and extending the Leisure Guide series.

The style of cover reflects the publishing arrangement.

Size 29.5 x 16.5 cms.

Type 1. OS / AA covers. (1983 - 1998)

30cm tall.

The two logos are found at the top L and R of the front cover; followed by a small vignette b&w engraving, below which is a large colour illustration of a local view (17.8 x 13.7 cms.); below which is a strapline giving hints of the delights within.

The spine gives both logos, that of the A.A. at the top and the O.S. at the bottom. The title follows the pattern of 'Ordnance Survey Leisure Guide / [location]'. Published in hardback and paper editions. All 120pp in size.
 
Type 2 O.S. / no AA logo covers (1996 - 2002)

Size change - 22cm tall.

The separation of working relationships and co-production arrangements between the AA and OS for this series may well have had to do with concerns over copyright infringement of maps by the AA Atlas which resulted in legal action successfully brought by the OS and settled on the courthouse steps in 1996.

"The row between the two organisations dates back to December 1996, and concerns over AA maps created as early as 1990. The AA, previously a non-profit body, was bought by the gas distribution firm Centrica two years ago." The Guardian, 6 March 2001.

See also: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/1203480.stm
 
Type 3 All green (also blue / brown / magenta or orange) covers (2002 - to date)

Size?

Cover has a photo of local landscape; in white lettering offset to the R. is 'LEISURE GUIDE' vertically, fading from L to R.

The publications are unnumbered but arranged here chronologically by date of production.

 (1) New Forest, 1983, [name changed to 'Hampshire and New Forest'] 1996, 2002

 (2) Lake District, 1984, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2002
Introduction 19 pp.; gazetteer 42 pp.; atlas: 12 dble page maps (One inch Tourist Series); 6 tours (6 x 1:250k Routemaster); 18 walks (1:25k Pathfinders); Index.

 (3) Yorkshire Dales, 1985, 1992, 1996, 2002
Introduction 25 pp.; gazetteer 36 pp.; directory 4pp.; atlas: 19 maps (1:50k LRs reduced to one inch); 2 tours (2 x 1:250k Routemasters);16 walks (1:25k Pathfinders); index.

 (4) Cotswolds, 1986, 1987 (1988 reprinted), 1992, Cotswolds and the Vale of Berkeley 1996, 1999, 2002
Introduction 27 pp; Gazetteer 37pp; Atlas: 16 maps (1:50k LRs); a Directory; 3 tours (2 x 1:250k Routemasters); 16 walks (1:25k Pathfinders); Index.

 (5) Ireland, 1986

 (6) Scottish Highlands & Islands 1986, 1992, 1996, 1999

 (7) Channel Islands, 1987

 (8) Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, 1987.

 (9) Northumbria, 1987, 1992, 1995 (Northumbria & Hadrian's Wall), 1996, 2002

(10) Peak District, 1987, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2002

(11) Devon and Exmoor, 1988, 1996, 1999
Introduction 29 pp.; Gazetteer 37 pp.; Directory 5pp; Atlas: 6 dble page maps (Routeplanners); 4 tours (4 x 1:250k Routemasters); 16 walks (1:25k Pathfinders); Index.

(12) East Anglia, 1988

(13) Isle of Wight, 1988 (Hampshire & IOW) 1996

(14) South Downs, 1988

(15) Wessex, 1988
Introduction 21 pp.; Gazetteer 45 pp.; Directory 6 pp.; Atlas: 7 maps (1:50k LRs red. to one inch); 4 tours (2 x 1:625k Routeplanner);16 walks (1:25k Pathfinders); Index.

(16) Brecon Beacons and Mid Wales, 1989

(17) Snowdonia and North Wales, 1989

(18) Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, 1987, 1992, 1996 (rev.), 1999

(19) North York Moors 1987, 1996, 1999, 2002

(20)Days out from London, 1992


C. LANDRANGER GUIDES. OS / Jarrold Publications (1985 - 1992)

The OS 1:50k map series had commenced in 1980 and with some changes in specifications was re-named 'Landranger'. It is not yet known the commercial reasons for the OS decision to commence (and then abandon) a series of smaller Michelin style guides to the areas covered in its new 1:50k series. The initial map sheets with photographic covers under that title were published in 1985 . It was certainly an ambitious project to publish "a unique new guide" that "will go hand in hand with this splendid new series" which must have been costly to produce - possibly explaining why the second series (dubbed here B. Red Covers) were more economical in size and coverage. Perhaps the initiative came from Jarrold & Sons, Colour Publications of Norwich, Norfolk. Certainly the large pocket size format (23 x 14 cm.) with about a hundred pages each were shorter and wider compared to the Michelin Green Guides (26 x 12 cm.) which was a convenient size and designed for the walker's jacket pocket and a motorist's glove compartment. The series was to become a commercial success eventually running to over a hundred guidebooks across the three British countries.

The first books in the series with the cover sub-titles 'A Companion to the Landranger Map Series' were 'guidebooks' with comprehensive gazetteer entries of places of interest to the tourist, including small 1:25k thumbnail maps of selected villages; a series of 'motor and cycle tours' in the area; and a series of walks with more 1:25k excerpts. That the original 'Red Cover' books were successful is attested by the fact that 4 of the 11 books went into second editions. The presentation and covers of the various books have evolved over a thirty year period and are best distinguished by the various styles of cover type.

Type 1. Composite Photo Covers (1985 - 86)
Letter 'A' in list.
The cover specifications are similar to the B. Red Cover series below. The difference lies in the triptych of the photographic cover (an excerpt from the 1:50k map described; a photograph of a person or place and a larger photograph of a landscape feature). Rear cover shows the sheet diagram of all 204 sheets of the Landranger series with the area covered highlighted.
    Please note that the volume numbers in series are supplied from the appropriate Pathfinder book. There are no series numbers on the books themselves.


   
Type 2. Red Covers (1985 - 1992)
Letter 'B' in list.
Front cover: colour photo of landscape (whole cover). Title box (77 x 116 mm) bordered by thin white line, green background with white titled letters and yellow publisher names: Ordnance Survey Landranger Guide; below small white box (24 x 30 mm.) with OS Jarrold logos. Rear cover: red with inset box outline map of coverage (90 x 113 mm.), statement of features and titles in the series. OS Jarrold logo and ISBN number. Red spine with title (white) Ordnance Survey / Landranger Guidebook [LRGB] (orange)
    Volume numbers in series are supplied from the appropriate Pathfinder book. There are no numbers on the books themselves.

          Guidebook cover types in curly brackets. Types given letter codes in list to distinguish them from the numerical information.

  (1) South Devon and Dartmoor, 1990 {B}, 1991 {B}

  (6) The Cotswolds, 1989 {B}, 1990 {D}, 1991, 1993 {D}, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007

  (9) North Devon, Exmoor and The Quantocks, 1985 {A), 1989 {B}

(11) Dorset, 1987 {B}, 1989 {B}

(13) The Lake District, 1987 {B}, 1991 {B}

(15) The Yorkshire Dales and York, 1989 {B}, 1990 {B}, 1991

(16) Peak District Walks, 1989 {B}, 1992 {B}

(28) York and The Moors, 1988 {B}

(33) Shakespeare Country and North Cotswolds, 1985 {A}

(37) London and beyond, 1988 {B}


D. PATHFINDER GUIDES OS / Jarrold Publications / Crimson Co. (1989 - to date)

Type 1. Green Covers - without volume numbers (1989 - 1998)
Letter 'C' in list.
Front cover: colour photo of landscape (whole cover) Titles in white; publisher logos Ordnance Survey / Pathfinder Guide; below OS / Jarrold logos.
Rear cover: green with inset box outline map of coverage of varying sizes, statement of features, and below: OS / Jarrold logos and ISBN number.
Spine: green title in white, 'pathfinder guide features' in orange, OS and Jarrold logos.
    The newly titled 'Pathfinder' series was a somewhat radical departure from the earlier books which had their origin as 'guide books'. The descriptive gazetteers and Touring sections were abandoned in the Pathfinder books which now concentrated almost exclusively on walking routes. In each volume exactly 28 walks were described and mapped at 1:25k scale. An introduction of approximately 13 pages (varying between 9 and 17) and a 'further information' section of exactly 6 pages including the index ended the text. Each walk was provided with one or more pages of maps.

Type 2. Green Covers - with volume numbers (1990 - 2007)
Letter 'D' in list.
Landscape muted in green with a small panel displaying a local view. Very similar to C type but the numbers in the series are added to the top of the yellow vertical stripe. This numerical sequence provides the basis for the organisation of this listing.

Type 3a. OS / Crimson Company Covers (2007 - 2015)
Letter 'E' in list.
Change of partnering company with the OS is signified by a change to a three horizontal band cover mainly in green retaining a vertical yellow stripe down the left side. Lettering is yellow and a large colour panel displays a local view,

Type 3b. OS / Crimson Company Covers (2015 - to date)
All products Ordnance Survey products re-branded in 2015. New Logo at bottom left, otherwise no other changes from type 3a.

Type 4. Current OS / Crimson Company Covers (2015 - to date)
Letter 'F' in list.
No vertical stripe displayed.


 

          Guidebook cover types in curly brackets. Types given letter codes in list to distinguish them from the numerical information.

          ( ) signifies no series number present on cover. Current edition publication dates in bold.

  1 South Devon and Dartmoor, 1990 {B}, 1996 {D}, 2007, 2011 {D}, 2012, 2016

(2) South Pennine, 1996 {D}, 1997

(3) Skye and North West Highlands, 1996 {D}, 1997?, 2007, 2011
  3 Isle of Skye, 2011 {E}, 2015, 2016 {E}

  4 Cairngorms, 1996 {D}, 2013, 2017

(5) Cornwall, 1990 {D}, 1996 {D}, 2012
  5 Cornwall, 2012 {D}, 2013 {E}, 2016

  6 Cotswold Outstanding Circular Walks, 2009 {D}, 2011, 2015, 2016

  7 Fort William and Glen Coe, 1992 {C}, 1996 {D}, 2007, 2010 {E}, 2017

  8 Kent, 1993 {C}, 1997 {C}, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2008 {E}, 2014, 2016 {F}

  9 Exmoor and the Quantocks, 1990 {D}, 1997 {D}, 2008, 2011 {E}, 2016 {F}

10 Snowdonia, Anglesey, and the Llyn Peninsula Walks, 1993 {C}, 1997, 2012 {E}, 2013, 2016

11 Dorset, 1992 {C}, 1995 {C}, 1997 {C}, 2004, 2008, 2013, 2017 {F}

12 Hampshire, 1993 {C}
12 Hampshire and New Forest, 1997 {D}, 2011, 2013, 2016

(13) Lake District, 1987 {B}, 1989 {C}, 1990 {D}, 1991, 1992, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004

(14) Heart of England, 1992 (C), 1993?

14 Shropshire and Staffordshire, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2016 {E}, 2017 {F}

15 Yorkshire Dales Walks, 1990 (C), 1993 {C}, 1995 {C}, 1997 {D}, 2008
15 Yorkshire Dales Circular Walks, 2011 {E}, 2017 {F}

(16) Peak District, 1990 {C}, 1992 {C}, 1997 {D}

(17) Norfolk and Suffolk, 1991 {C}, 1997 {D}

18 Brecon Beacons and Glamorgan, 1994 {C), 1997, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 {D}, 2010, 2015, 2016 {E}

19 Dumfries and Galloway, 1997 {D}, 2008 {D}, 2018 {F}

20 Sherwood Forest and the East Midlands, 1997 {D}, 2007, 2009, 2015 {E}

21 Somerset, Wiltshire and the Mendips, 1997 {D}, 2010
21 Somerset, the Mendips and Wiltshire, 2017

22 More Lake District, 1995 {C}, 1997 (reprint) (D), 1999, 2001 {D}, 2011 {E}

(23) Loch Lomond and Trossachs, 1992 {C}, 1997 {D} 2000
23 Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and Stirling, 2011 {E}, 2016 {F}

(24) Surrey and Sussex, 1993, 1995 {C}, 1997 {C}, 2000 {D}, 2008

24 Isle of Wight (also numbered as no. 24), 1994 {C}

(25) Chilterns and Thames Valley, 1994 {C}, 1997 {C},2000, 2005, 2008
25 Thames Valley and Chilterns, 1997 {D}, 2008, 2007, 2011, 2013 {D}, 2016 {D}

26 Dartmoor, 1989 {C}, 1997 {D}, 2015, 2016 {F}
(26) Lancashire and Cheshire, 1995 {C}, 2002 D

27 Perthshire, Angus and Fife, 1994 {C}, 1997 {D}, 2007, 2018

28 North York Moors, 1990 {C}, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2016 {F}

29 The Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean, 1991 {C}, 2011 {F}, 2017

(30) Inverness, Loch Ness and the North East Highlands, 1998 {D}
30 Loch Ness and Inverness, 2008 {D} 2017

31 Oban, Mull and Kintyre, 1998 {D}, 2009 {D}

(32) North Wales, Snowdonia and Offa's Dyke, 1998 {D}
32 North Wales and Snowdonia, 1998 {D}, 2015 {E}, 2017 {F}

33 Shakespeare Country, Vale of Evesham and Cotswolds, 1998 {D}, 2007

(34) Pembrokeshire and Gower, 1993 {C}, 1996 {C}
34 Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, 2010, 2017 {F}

(35) Northumbria, 1991 {C}, 2000
35 Northumberland and Scottish Borders, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2014 2016 {F}

(36) Glasgow, the Clyde valley, Ayrshire and Arran, 1992, 1995 {D}, 1999, 2007

(37) London, Windsor and Greenwich, 1988 {B}, 1993 {D}, 1995 {D}
37 In and Around London, 1999 {D}, 2008 {E}
37 London's Park and Countryside, 1999, 2010, 2011

(38) Ceredigion, 2003, 2008

39 Durham, North Pennines, and Tyne and Wear, 2000, 2006 {F}, 2008, 2010, 2017 {F}

40 More Cotswold Walks, 2007, 2009

(41) Mid Wales and the Marches, 1995 {C}
41 Mid Wales, 2001, 2002, 2017 {F}

42 Cheshire, 2003, 2009, 2011 {E}, 2016 {F} no number on cover

43 Kyle of Lochalsh, 2001, 2003, 2007

44 Essex, 2001, 2010

45 Norfolk, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016

46 Aberdeen and Royal Deeside, 2001, 2009, 2017 {F}

(47) Edinburgh and the Borders, 1995 {C}, 2001
47 Edinburgh, Pentlands and Lothians, 2006, 2010, 2018

48 Suffolk, 2007, 2011, 2017 {F}

49 Vale of York and Yorkshire Wolds, 2009, 2017

50 Lincolnshire and The Wolds, 2002, 2017, 2018

51 Cambridgeshire and The Fens, 2002, 2008, 2015, 2017

52 More Sussex, 2001, 2006, 2008

53 Lancashire, 2001, 2010, 2018

54 Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2016 {F}

55 Gower, Swansea and Cardiif, 1996? {D}
55 Cardiff Swansea and Gower 2003 {E}, 2011 {E}, 2017 {F}

          Nos. 56 to 58 not used

59 Lake District, Eastern Lakeland, 2009 {D}

60 Lake District, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 {F}

          Nos. 61 and 62 not used

63 Peak District, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 {F}

64 South Pennines - Outstanding Circular Walks, 2010, 2016 {F}

65 Surrey, 2010, 2016

66 West Sussex and South Downs, 2010 {E}, 2017

67 East Sussex and South Downs, 2010 {E}, 2017

68 North and Mid Devon, 2011 {E}, 2014, 2017 {F}

69 South West England Coastal, 2011 {E}

70 North East England Heritage Walks, 2011 {E}

71 The High Fells of Lakeland, 2011 {E}, 2016, 2018

72 Country Walks near London, 2011

73 More Peak Walks, 2011 {F}

74 The Malverns to Warwickshire, 2017

Other publications.

Map reading skills - An introduction to map reading and basic navigation, 2009.

GPS for walkers - An introduction to GPS and digital maps, 2009.

The Countryside Companion, 2013


E. NATIONAL TRAIL GUIDES (1989 - to date)

 1 Offa's Dyke Path South - Chepstow to Knighton (1989, 1990, 1994, 2004, 2010)
 2 Offa's Dyke Path North - Knighton to Prestatyn (1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 2004, 2008)

 3 Cleveland Way, HMSO? 1972, 1989

 4 The Ridgeway, 1989, 1994, 1997

 5 Pennine Way South - Edale to Bowes, 1989?, 1990, 1995, 2003, 2007
 6 Pennine Way North - Bowes to Kirk Yetholm, 1989, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2004
   Pennine Way [combined]

 7 Pembrokeshire Coast Path - St Dogmaels to Amroth, HMSO? 1974, 1990, 1997, 2004, 2010

 8 South West Coast Path - Minehead to Padstow, 1990, 1994, 1996, 2007
 9 South West Coast Path - Padstow to Falmouth, 1990, 1994, 2000, 2002
10 South West Coast Path - Falmouth to Exmouth, 1990, 1996, 2008
11 South West Coast Path - Exmouth to Poole, 1989, 1996, 2011

12 South Downs Way, 1990, etc.
13 North Downs Way, HMSO 1982, 1992, etc.

14 Yorkshire Wolds Way, HMSO 1982, 1990?, etc.

15 Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path, HSMO 1986, 1992, 1996 ... 2010, 2015

16 Thames Path, 2002 [later replaced by 18 & 19?]

17 Hadrian's Wall Path, 2003 ... 2010, 2012, 2016

(18 or 16?) Thames Path in London - Hampton Court to Crayford Ness, 2007?, 2012, 2016, 2018
(19 or 18?) Thames Path in the Country, 2012, 2016


F. TRAVEL MASTER GUIDES Car Tours (1995 - 1996)

This series could be considered to have been a continuation of the 'car touring' sections of the LR red cover series which ended in 1992. Pathfinder C cover series did not continue the car touring section of its predecessor.

The nine guides in this series had a standardised format and size each having 96 pages, an introduction, a key map, and 20 tours with an outline map taken from the 1:250,000 OS series.

The earliest appears to have been The Cotswolds (1995) which displays several cover differences to the guides which follow, namely: Series title 'Travel Guide' (on cover and spine) and a slogan 'Exploring the hidden countryside'. The main part of the cover is a photo of a stone cottage with a 1:250,000 (?) map extract alongside.

The guides which followed have the term 'Travelmaster' removed from cover and spine (but still present on the back cover); the slogan is removed and a subtitle 'Car Tours' added. The typography of the spine is different from the guides which follow.

The following guides were published under this series title (chronologically):

(1) The Cotswolds, 1995, reprinted 1996

(2) Lake District, 1995

(3) Yorkshire, 1995

(4) Derbyshire, 1996

(5) Hampshire and Dorset, 1996

(6) South Wales, 1996

(7) South East Scotland, 1996


Type 1
Type 2

G. RECREATIONAL PATH GUIDES (1995 - to date)

 (1) The Cotswold Way, 1995

 (2) The Dales Way, 1995

 (3) West Highland Way, 2/1996

 (4) The Saxon Shore Way, 3/1996

 (5) The Southern Uplands Way, 2/1997

 (6) The Tow Moors Way - Dartmoor and Exmoor, 2/1997, 2002

 (7) Pembrokeshire Coast Path, 1997

 (8) The Heart of England Way, 1998

 (9) The Wye Valley Walk, 1998, 2002

(10) The London Loop, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2010, 3/2017

(11) The Capital Ring (2003, 6/2006, 2008, 6/2016

(12) The Coast to Coast Walk, 2009, 2010, 2012, 3/2017


H. SHORT WALKS (2001 to date) OS / Crimson Company Covers

Type 1. Type 2. Type 3. Yellow stripe cover with white horizontal band, green lettering and a colour view of local landscape. These guides contain 118 pages with 28 walks each.
"Devised for all the family to enjoy. Each guide features twenty routes of 1 to 5 miles [not kms!] and points of interest for children, refreshment stops and facilities.. along with quality OS colour mapping and photography." Note the abandonment of this 'quality OS mapping' in the City Walks series.

        SHORT WALKS - Jarrold (2001 - 2008), Crimson Co. (2008 - to date)

  1 Yorkshire Dales, Jarrold 2001

  1 Yorkshire Dales, Crimson Co. 2012, 2018

  2 The Peak District, Jarrold 2001

  2 The Peak District, Crimson Co. 2016

  3 Lake District, Jarrold 2001

  3 Lake District, Crimson Co. 2009, 2016

  4 Cotswolds, Jarrold 2001

  4 Cotswolds, Crimson Co. 2017

          Nos. 5 and 06 not used

  7 The Chilterns, Crimson Co. 2009

(8) Dartmoor, Jarrold 2002, 2005

(8) Dartmoor, Crimson Co. 2009, 2013

  8 Dartmoor, Crimson Co. 2016

  9 Cornwall, Crimson Co. 2010, 2018

10 Somerset from Bath to The Quantocks, Crimson Co. 2010

          Nos. 11 and 12 not used

13 North York Moors, Jarrold 2003

13 North York Moors, Crimson Co. 2016

14 Snowdonia, Jarrold 2002, 2008

14 Snowdonia, Crimson Co. 2010, 2013, 2016 {F}

15 Essex Coast, possibly Jarrold 2003

      SHORT WALKS (cont)

16 Kent, Jarrold 2003

          Nos. 17 and 18 not used

19 Dorset, Jarrold 2003

19 Dorset, Crimson Co. 2008

20 Cheshire & The Gritstone Edge, Crimson Co. 2011

21 Exmoor, Jarrold 2003

21 Exmoor, Crimson Co. 2017 {F}

22 Birmingham & Heart of England, Jarrold 2003

23 New Forest National Park, Jarrold 2003

23 New Forest National Park, Crimson Co. 2014, 2017

24 Sussex & The South Downs, Jarrold 2003

24 Sussex & The South Downs, later by Crimson Co. (?)

25 Around Cardiff, Jarrold 2004

27 Isle of Wight, Jarrold 2004

27 Isle of Wight, Crimson Co. 2010, 2017 {F}

28 Wiltshire from Salisbury to the Kennet, Jarrold 2004

29 South Devon, Crimson Co. 2017

          No. 30 not used

31 Brecon Beacons, Crimson Co. 2011, 2017 {F}, 2018

32 Hereford & The Wye Valley, Jarrold 2005

33 Norfolk into Suffolk, Jarrold 2005


I. CITY WALKS (2012 to date) OS / Crimson Company Covers

"The use of maps in this series is distinctive among the family of OS co-produced guides in that there are no actual extracts of previously published OS maps of any scale included. Instead, the one map per walk is redrawn from "mapping data licensed from the O.S." and consists of a coloured route set among a street layout (mostly unnamed) of the neighbouring area nearby. No additional topographical or cultural detail is shown. Size: 23 x 13 cms, slightly smaller in size than the earlier Landranger series. Each of the 16 walks consists of 6 pages and includes 2 to 4 coloured photographs of features found along the route. The walks are "short, fun and entertaining with intriguing tales of events and personalities."

This series is listed within the overall Pathfinder guide series.

Type 1 Red upper stripe with yellow and white lettering with a colour local view of the city. These guides contain 96 pages with 15 walks each.
Type 2

LONDON, 2012, "contains OS data", 15 walks, 96 pages. 8 7/8" tall (225 mm) x 5 1/4" (131mm).

The diagrammatic route maps are described as "easy to use".

Red cover with photo of London Tower Bridge.

Another edition 2017.

OXFORD, 2012, 2012 reprinted with amendments, 2015.

Cover has dark blue title band, with photo of 'Tom Tower, Christ Church' (15.5 x 13 cm); 15 walks, 96 pages. Size increased very slightly to 9" tall exactly. (229 x 132 mm).

Seems to be an earlier version of layout than Edinburgh, cover in two parts of dark blue band with title in white.

Spine layout differs also with Crimson Co. which is not named.

Further edition published 2015, 2018.

EDINBURGH, 2013, with amendments to 2017.

Displays a white upper stripe, dark blue title stripe background, lower colour view of 'The Castle' (15.5 x 13 cm.); 96 pages, 15 walks; written in a chatty informal style with 'tales for the telling on route' therefore suitable for children


J. WALES COAST PATH (2014 - to date)

 (1) North Wales Coast - Chester to Bangor, 12/2015
 (2) Isle of Anglesey - Bangor to Menai Bridge, 11/2018
 (3) Llyn Peninsula - Bangor to Porthmadog, 3/2014
 (4) Snowdonia & Ceredigion Coast - Porthmadog to Cardigan, 11/2017
 (5) Pembrokeshire - Cardigan to Amroth, 9/2015
 (6) Carmarthen Bay & Gower - Tenby to Swansea, 5/2015
 (7) South Wales Coast - Swansea to Chepstow, 5/2017


K. OTHER PUBLICATIONS

100 Outstanding British Walks, 2018.


Sources.

This series of guidebooks includes listings of OS publications either under its own exclusive control, or as a co-production of the OS with one of a series of commercial publishers over the past forty years.

The listing was commenced by Lez Watson as part of his continuing listing of OS map publications in the 20th century, from 1946, and he drew his initial list from the current catalogue of OS publications (Pathfinder Guides).

As a a long term collector of this and earlier guidebooks associated with the OS, Iain Taylor (map collector and sometime dealer) approached Lez to discuss a cooperative project that would combine the information into a single listing.

The principle source for this expansion by Iain was the combined library listings of all university and research libraries in the UK known as COPAC - a University of Manchester project.

"Copac exposes rare and unique research material by bringing together the catalogues of over 100 major UK and Irish libraries (and growing). In a single search you can discover the holdings of the UK's national libraries (including the British Library), many University libraries, and specialist research libraries."

https://copac.jisc.ac.uk/search?f=f&form=A%2FT&id=1618361

Also checked were listings under commercial book dealers sites such as ABE and ALIBRIS. Searches were conducted using author - OS, Title: Pathfinder/ etc., other keys words: Automobile Association / Crimson / Jarrold , etc.

These searches expanded the data base of publications (and reprintings) considerably. Information derived from Iain's personal collection of guidebooks associated with the OS were added to the mix.

Lez worked on integrating this info into his 'housestyle' compressing and organising it in similar ways to his previous organisation of OS map publications.

The result is approximately 500 OS related publications and re-publications over the past forty years.

Sources which have not yet been explored are those internal to the OS - working documents and commercial contracts which might be deemed non-confidential - holdings of such publication sets within the archives of the OS and its former partners, and from private collections and holdings.

We invite comment on the project, and any information which would correct and expand the details here would be welcome to Lez. He may be contacted via his website here.

The Lez Watson Inexperience

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