The West Yorkshire Woods: Part II: The Aire Valley | Christopher Goddard
Subtitled 'A hand-drawn guide to walking and exploring the woodlands of Airedale around Leeds, Bradford and beyond', 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 and around Leeds & Bradford, it is also absolutely stuffed full of annotated and fascinating details.
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.