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LANDRANGER, PATHFINDER, SHORT WALKS & CITY WALKS (and other) 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.

I am very grateful to Iain Taylor for information and analysis of the Landranger and Pathfinder guide editions and covers.

LANDRANGER GUIDES. OS / Jarrold Publications

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 mini-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 convenient 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.
   
A. COMPOSITE PHOTO COVER (1985 - 86)
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.


   
B. RED COVERS (1985 - 1992)
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 [ ] provided under the Cover C section.. There are no numbers on the books themselves.

PATHFINDER SERIES

C. GREEN COVERS - NO VOLUME NUMBERS (1989 - 1998)
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.

D. GREEN COVERS with volume numbers (1990 - 2007)
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.

E1. OS/CRIMSOM COMPANY COVERS (2007 - 2015)
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,

E2. OS/CRIMSOM COMPANY COVERS (2015 - )
All products Ordnance Survey products re-branded in 2015. New Logo at bottom left, otherwise no other changes from E1.

F. CURRENT OS/CRIMSON COMPANY COVERS (2015 - )
No vertical stripe displayed.


 
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.

                LANDRANGER AND PATHFINDER GUIDES (a work in progress)

Guidebook cover types in curly brackets. Current edition publication dates in bold.

LR (1) South Devon and Dartmoor, published 1990 {B}, 1991 {B}
PF   1 South Devon and Dartmoor, published 1990 {B}, 1996 {D}, 2007, 2011 {D}, 2012, 2016

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

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

PF   4 Cairngorms, published 1996 {D}, 2013, 2017

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

LR (6) The Cotswolds, published 1989 {B}, 1990 {D}, 1993 {D}, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007
PF   6 Cotswold Outstanding Circular Walks, published 2009 {D}, 2011, 2015, 2016

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

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

LR (9) North Devon, Exmoor and The Quantocks, published 1985 {A), 1989 {B}
PF   9 Exmoor and the Quantocks, published 1990 {D}, 1997 {D}, 2008, 2011 {E}, 2016 {F}

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

LR (11) Dorset, published 1987 {B}, 1989 {B}
PF 11 Dorset, published 1992 {C}, 1995 {C}, 1997 {C}, 2004, 2008, 2013, 2017 {F}

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

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

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

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

LR (15) The Yorkshire Dales and York, published 1989 {B}, 1990 {B}, 1991
PF 15 Yorkshire Dales Walks, published 1990 (C), 1993 {C}, 1995 {C}, 1997 {D}, 2008
PF 15 Yorkshire Dales Circular Walks, published 2011 {E}, 2017 {F}

LR (16) Peak District Walks, published 1989 {B}, 1992 {B}
PF (16) Peak District, published 1990 {C}, 1992 {C}, 1997 {D}

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

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

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

PF 20 Sherwood Forest and the East Midlands, published 1997 {D}, 2007, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LR (28) York and The Moors, published 1988 {B}
PF 28 North York Moors, published 1990 {C}, 1991, 1998, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2016 {F}

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

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

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

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

LR (33) Shakespeare Country and North Cotswolds, published 1985 {A}
PF 33 Shakespeare Country, Vale of Evesham and Cotswolds, published 1998 {D}, 2007

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

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

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

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

PF (38) Ceredigion, published 2003, 2008

PF 39 Durham, North Penninies, and Tyne and Wear, published 2000, 2006 {F}, 2008, 2010, 2017 {F}

PF 40 More Cotswold Walks, published 2007, 2009

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

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

PF 43 Kyle of Lochalsh, published 2001, 2003, 2007

PF 44 Essex, published 2001, 2010

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

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

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

PF 48 Suffolk, published 2007, 2011, 2017 {F}

PF 49 Vale of York and Yorkshire Wolds, published 2009, 2017

PF 50 Lincolnshire and The Wolds, published 2002, 2017, 2018

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

PF 52 More Sussex, published 2001, 2006, 2008

PF 53 Lancashire, published 2001, 2010, 2018

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

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

          Nos. 56 to 58 not used

PF 59 Lake District, Eastern Lakeland, published 2009 {D}

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

          Nos. 61 and 62 not used

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

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

PF 65 Surrey, published 2010, 2016

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

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

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

PF 69 South West England Coastal, published 2011 {E}

PF 70 North East England Heritage Walks, published 2011 {E}

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

PF 72 Country Walks near London, published 2011

PF 73 More Peak Walks, published 2011 {F}

PF 74 The Malverns to Warwickshire, published 2017

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SHORT WALKS Walks OS / Crimson Company Covers
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.

CITY WALKS Walks OS / Crimson Company Covers
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.

                SHORT WALKS

  1 Yorkshire Dales, published 2012

  2 The Peak District, published 2016

  3 Lake District, published 2009, 2016

  4 Cotswolds, published 2017

          Nos. 5 and 06 not used

  7 The Chilterns, published 2009

  (8) Dartmoor, published 2013

  8 Dartmoor, published 2016

  9 Cornwall, published 2010, 2018

10 Somerset from Bath to The Quantocks, published 2010

11 and 12 not found

13 North York Moors, published 2016

14 Snowdonia, published 2010, 2013, 2016

          Nos. 15 to 18 not used

19 Dorset, published 2008

20 Cheshire & The Gritstone Edge, published 2011

21 Exmoor, published 2017 {F}

                SHORT WALKS (cont)

          No. 22 not used

23 New Forest Park, published 2017

24 Sussex & South Downs, published 2003

25 Around Cardiff, published 2004

27 Isle of Wight, published 2004, 2010, 2017 {F}

28 Wiltshire from Salisbury to the Kennet, published 2004

29 South Devon, published 2017

31 Brecon Beacons, published 2011, 2018

32 Hereford & The Wye Valley, published 2005

33 Norfolk into Suffolk, published 2005

                CITY WALKS

  1 City of Edinburgh, published 2017

  2 City Walks London, published 2017

  3 City Walks Oxford, published 2012, 2018
 

100 Outstanding British Walks, published 2018

TRAVEL MASTER GUIDES

This series could be considered to have ben 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 1:250,00 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.

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

The Cotswolds (1995) reprinted 1996; Lake District (1995); Yorkshire (1995); Derbyshire (1996); Hampshire and Dorset (1996); South Wales (1996);
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