A new range of eye-catching, pocket-sized, themed walking books to Britain’s National Parks is currently winning national awards and a growing army of fans.

Each of the ‘Top 10 Walks’ titles from Northern Eye Books gives walkers ten of the best tried-and-tested ‘classic’ routes based around a number of popular themes.

Arranging the walks by theme means there’s a title to suit almost everyone. From short strolls with classic views, easy lakeside or woodland circuits, to more challenging mountain or moorland routes, the ‘Top 10 Walks’ series has something to suit walkers of all abilities and aspirations.

The carefully selected themes reflect the key features of each National Park. In the Lake District, for example, titles include Lakeside Walks, Walks to Tarns, Low Fells and Walks with History.

Conceived as a range of distinctive regional series with their own (free) counter top display stands, and very reasonably priced, these iconic guidebooks are deliberately aimed at a broad audience. They can be seen in outlets ranging from Visitor Centres and National Trust shops to gift shops, galleries, and garden centres. Store managers and buyers like them, walkers like them and so, it seems, does the general public.

Two recent national awards reflect the books’ broad appeal. Readers of The Great Outdoors, one of the UK’s top walking magazines, recently voted ‘Top 10 Walks’ book Lake District: Walks with History, by Vivienne Crow [ISBN 978-1-908632-20-3], as their ‘Outdoor Book of the Year’.

Just a few weeks earlier, the professional Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild ‘Awards for Excellence 2013’ awarded another ‘Top 10 walks’ book, Lake District: Walks to Waterfalls, again by Vivienne Crow [ISBN 978-1-908632-00-5] the accolade of ‘Best Guidebook’ of the year.

The judges commented, “There’s little to fault in this winning formula – clear maps and instructions, concise and well laid out with the reader very much in mind. These are great value for money.”

High praise indeed.