Subtitled 'A hand-drawn guide to walking and exploring the woodlands in the borough of Calderdale', this walking guide, produced by Sheffield-born map maker Christopher Goddard, is a thing of real wonder. We say that because this cartographic marvel is not only full of lovely hand-drawn walking maps that take us on 20 routes through the woodlands of the Calder Valley, it is also absolutely stuffed full of annotated and fascinating details.
The book covers the rich variety of landscapes that lie between Norwood Green and Walsden, including Cragg Vale, Shibden Dale, Hardcastle Crags, and the Ryburn, Luddenden and Blackburn Valleys.
Each page opens up an area via its history, markers, architecture, flora, fauna, and everything in between. This isn't a walking guide, it's an education to be taken in alfresco, while wandering happily in familiar, yet unknown places.
Intricate, thorough, engrossing - these are fantastic pieces of work that will keep you occupied and exploring. They might even wean us off Google Maps too.
Size: 210 x 148mm (paperback)
Publisher: Gritstone Publishing