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Deirdre Huston is an author and photographer whose work is inspired by a love of history and the outdoors. Born in Crawley, she now lives beside the South Downs in Sussex with her husband and grown-up children. She is the walks writer for Sussex Life magazine and Assistant Editor of Hassocks Life magazine. In partnership with National Trust South Downs, she has made films to explore local history at ancient Saddlescombe Farm, Devil's Dyke and Cissbury Ring. She is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and also writes fiction. She co-authored Cycling in Sussex, her first guidebook for Vertebrate Publishing, back in 2008. Her other guidebooks include Sussex Walks, Day Walks on the High Weald and Cycling Days Out - South East England.
I confess, I’m a fan of circular routes. I enjoy walking but a finish that involves public transport or a conveniently parked second car is not for me. I also like great views, the UK countryside and a decent pub to rest, recuperate and meet both locals and fellow explorers. Add to that mix, an opportunity to visit civil-war battle fields, pick a route to suit available time and to enjoy great maps, detailed descriptions, good photos and variety that includes the Downs and lowland countryside, and you have Deirdre Sutton’s excellent little book. And I don’t describe 'Day Walks' as a ‘little book’ by accident. It is a perfect size to slip in your pocket or rucksack. Easy to carry, easy to refer to, easy to use. A great read. Time to reach for your walking boots and give it a try.
Day Walks on the High Weald features 20 circular routes between 6.5 and 13.9 miles (10.5km and 22.4km) in length, spread across this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the south-east of England. Local author Deirdre Huston has compiled her favourite walks in the region, which showcase the High Weald's rich history and varied landscape. Walk down old coach roads. Clamber through deserted woodland and along riverbanks. March past castles and skirt battlefields. Linger in meadows and leap across Wealden streams. See the countryside that inspired A.A. Milne and Rudyard Kipling. Visit Hastings Country Park, stroll around Bewl Water and through tranquil St Leonard's Forest. Marvel at the Ouse Valley Viaduct and Bodiam castle, and consider the epic history of Battle and its surrounding landscape. Together with stunning photography, each route features Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, details of distance and navigation information, and refreshment stops and local information.
Sussex Walks is a collection of 20 circular walks, between 3.5 and 12 miles (5 and 19km) in length that explore the length and breadth of the county of Sussex. Wander through the county's varied and interesting landscapes; across open downland, through broadleaf forest and along evolving coastline. The routes are split into two areas - the South Downs and the Weald - and include walks in Ashdown Forest, around Cissbury Ring, over Ditchling Beacon, to Pooh Bridge and along the coast near West Wittering. Each route contains snippets of information on the local area. Learn about the wildlife, the history and the people of the countryside you're walking through. Every walk also includes 'creative starting points' - ideas to encourage you to reflect and respond to the landscape. Researched and written by local author and photographer Deirdre Huston, the walks feature clear and easy-to-use Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, and information on local history, wildlife, refreshments and terrain.
Cycling Days Out - South East England is an informative and vibrant guide to the traffic-free family and leisure cycling in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. Written by Deirdre Huston - a keen cyclist and co-author of the popular Cycling in Sussex, Cycling Days Out explores tourist trails, country parks, forest riding and much much more. Each area is written up with a detailed introduction, together with comprehensive visitor information, including how to get there - by public transport or car, where to eat and drink, and places of interest. The routes are complemented with a mix of Ordnance Survey and bespoke mapping, together with easy-to-follow directions. The book is finished with stunning action photography throughout. Vertebrate Publishing is one of a new breed of independent publishers, dedicated to producing the very best outdoor titles. We have award-winning and bestselling titles covering a range of activities, including; mountain biking, cycling, rock climbing, hillwalking and others. Our autobiography of British rock climber Jerry Moffatt won the Grand Prize at the 2009 Banff Mountain Book Festival - one of the biggest prizes in publishing in the outdoors, environment and adventure genres.
This is an exciting Read 'n Seek story for 5 - 10 year olds about Jake, Zee-Bee and the Crystal Quest. The story has an interactive element: readers must help Jake and Zee-Bee by spotting British wildlife and crystals as they explore stunning nature reserves. The text is illustrated with inspirational and fun photography. The story is written by an author and qualified teacher who has road-tested it with students at her Young Writers' Workshops and local schools. Children of all abilities will enjoy the story, photography and treasure hunt element. The lay-out is reader-friendly with bite-size chunks of text, coloured backgrounds for speech bubbles and centre-justified text. The friendship between the characters of Jake and Zee-Bee develops with the story as they learn about co-operation and independence. Is it ever right to refuse to help a friend?
Cycling in Sussex is the third title in Vertebrate Publishing's Off Road Trails and Quiet Lanes series of family and leisure cycling guidebooks. 20 rides, between 4km and 28km, explore the quiet lanes and off-road trails of one of the most beautiful counties in the UK. Written by local family cyclists, Deirdre Huston and Marina Bullivant, the rides are clearly described using step-by-step instructions and feature original maps, route profiles and local area information. The book is illustrated with inspirational and inviting photography of the rides and the local area. Together with information about local railway trails and seafront trails, the authors have also put together a selection of rides specifically designed for families based on their own personal experiences with their children.