Books About Yorkshire

Many books about Yorkshire have been written. Here are my thoughts on just a few of them ...

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50 Walks in West Yorkshire
This handy book, published by the AA (Automobile Association) contains exactly what it says on the cover! Each of the well documented walks is between 3 and 8 miles. Softback and with a transparent plastic cover it should fit easily in a rucksack or hiking jacket pocket.

Each walk has an easy to follow map, clear directions and a section describing its background. A useful table of facts is included with information about the distance, expected walking time to complete, landscape that the walker will experience, suggested map required and much more.

Separate panels describe what to look for, what to see while you are there and where to eat and drink.

Bradford's Millennium Way
This duo of booklets describe the 48 mile long distance circular walk and a set of sixteen smaller circular walks that enable the more time-strapped walker to cover the entire distance in stages. The walks take in some of the most picturesque landscapes within the metropolitan district of Bradford. Although Bradford City is an industrial conurbation, its metropolitan boundaries include the beautiful rural valleys of the rivers Aire, Wharfe and Worth in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

The booklets are well written with clear, concise directions, easy to follow, hand drawn maps of each section and things to look out for on the way. Beautifully illustrated with stunning colour photos and pen and ink drawings, these booklets should find their way into your rucksack. For information on where they can be bought you can visit the website here (click the link to open a new window - close the new window to return here at Yorkshire Visitors Guide).

You know, whenever I'm planning a visit - an adventure - to somewhere new, you'll always find me gathering together a few books. I always enjoy reading books about Yorkshire. There's likely to be a guide book or two, pointing out places to see, places to stay, what to look out for along the way - always with the author's unique twist, bringing the area to life. There's sure to be a book of photographs that will prepare you and give a feel for what to expect. And, of course, maps! What would we do without maps? Maps are, of course, much, much more than just a few lines and squiggles on a piece of paper. The funny hieroglyphics soon, after a little study, become familiar friends, drawing attention to fascinating points of interest - guiding you along the way.

James Herriot's Yorkshire
The most famous vet in the county - probably in the whole of England - James Herriot wrote many books about his work among the people of his adopted county. All Creatures Great and Small and all the other animal books are much better known than the fact that he loved to walk in the remarkable countryside of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales. He wrote a lovely book about his favourite places - the high fells and gentle valleys, sleepy villages and bustling market towns. Brought to life by its author as he recounts his encounters with everyday folk of Yorkshire, the book is beautifully illustrated with many photographs by Derry Brabbs.

One of the most wonderful books about Yorkshire, James Herriot's Yorkshire is a gentle read that left me with a warm feeling inside. If you can find a hardback copy, published in 1979 you'll have a delightful addition to your library or coffee table collection.

Yorkshire Privies
One of the best historical books about Yorkshire (or should that be hysterical - I found it very funny) that I've read is entitled "Yorkshire Privies". Written by Yorkshireman Len Markham, the 96 page book takes us on a trip down Memory Lane to the bottom of the garden, making us realise how lucky we are to enjoy the more genteel benefits of flushing loos and indoor "bathrooms". Creatively illustrated with line drawings and black and white photos, his book is full to the brim with amusing anecdotes and historical facts.

Should you have a bookshelf in your smallest room, this book would make a fine addition to it. Best read in small sections - a few pages at a time wherever it falls open.

Discover The Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire, and in particular the Yorkshire Dales is a mecca for keen photographers. Beautiful landscapes, dripping with colour and reflecting the wonderful light that is so often found in the rural areas, provide great opportunities to create magnificent images. One such photographer, John Potter based in York, has gathered together many of his photographs of the Yorkshire Dales, added interesting descriptions and created his memorable book "Discover The Yorkshire Dales". I think it is up there with the best photographic books about Yorkshire.

As an introduction to the dales or, indeed as a lovely souvenir of your visit, I would rate it second to none. With 34 pages of stunning images - some full page and some smaller, I found it difficult to settle on a favourite. Dedicated to showcasing the photographer's art, "Discover The Yorkshire Dales" is one of the best books about Yorkshire of its kind.

Pub Strolls in the Yorkshire Dales
Another great little book from the pen of Yorkshireman Len Markham. Featuring thirty pleasant strolls of between one and a half and four miles in length, this book seems to be written with my capacity for exertion in mind - that is, minimal.

Each walk description features a local hostelry offering good and tasty pub meals. Detailed directions and a clear, concise map, together with a general description of the area, plus ideas for other places of interest in the area make this book easy to read and use. Its compact A5 size make it a handy addition to rucksack or glove compartment.

"From Britain's highest inn, Tan Hill, standing at 1,732 feet above sea level, to the splendour of Ribblehead viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle railway; the tranquility of Langthwaite where All Creatures Great and Small was filmed; and the solitude of Bishopdale Beck, this book offers a wealth of local places to explore."

Picture of Sheffield A Pocket Miscellany book cover

Sheffield a pocket miscellany
Although truly pocket-size, Jonathen Skews' book is packed full of snippets of information about this South Yorkshire steel city. From bizarre to serious and back again I found I could not put the book down. Top of the ten strangest street names is Letsby Avenue - recently added to the map by the South Yorkshire Police. Sheffield used to have its very own Stock Exchange - proudly conducting business from 1844 right through to 1965.The Great Sheffield Flood is remembered and the Supertram features on one of the pages. Sheffield's two football clubs - United and Wednesday - are guaranteed to get a discussion going among opposing fans.

With a bright blue, stiff paper back cover and 128 pages full of facts and photos this little book is handy to have around.

"What people love about Sheffield The Peak District - In Sheffield you are never more than a few minutes walk from something green, but it's the Peak District that really captures people's imagination."

"Friendly locals - Need directions? In Sheffield not only will people not swear at you, but they will actually tell you the right route!"

Extract from 'Sheffield a pocket miscellany' by Jonathen Skews

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