South Downs and Coast

Project Summary

The new look to the AA Leisure Guides where refreshingly the AA asked for personality to be put into the book.

This is what travel writing should be like: exploring one's own patch in detail, with plenty of time to do it, and a fair amount of freedom to write what one likes. The research period stretched over high summer researching the book, ending quite a lot of the days with a swim on a beach.

The guide covers the area from Winchester in the west to Rye in the east. I made loads of notes, and lots of observations that couldn't be used on grounds of space. These all came very handy when I wrote Slow Sussex & South Downs. Moral: never throw away your note books; treat them as gold dust.

The book includes walks and cycle rides taken from another AA guide to the area (I actually wrote the cycle rides). I also included some drives, and listings of places to eat and drink.

The Mini Guide is the same book minus the walks, cycle rides and listings. It's in a rather nice square, pocket-sized format, and you can currently pick it up at tourist information centres and places like Tesco for £2.99.

I also did the page plan of the book, and carried out a full update.

What readers think

Just what we need for our forthcoming trip to the area.

An excellent publication, well written and packed full of useful information about the South Downs.

This is a lovely little book with useful walk information and beautiful photographs.

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