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.
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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