Heart of the Pennine Way by Tony and Chris Grogan, £9.99

ALTHOUGH the Grogans don't include all the Pennine Way in their excellent guide, they confidently claim the 165 miles covered here are the best the 50-year-old trail has to offer.

The Mid Pennine Way is still a tough walk, though, the Grogans insist.

Taking in roughly 65 per cent of the full trail, the walk starts at Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire and ends at Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland.

The couple say: "It includes almost all the highlights to be found along the Pennine Way, including the stunning limestone country of the Yorkshire Dales, the dramatic waterfalls and wild open moors of the Durham Dales and the very best of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site."

This 'Pennine Way-lite' version is an ideal length for a two-week trek and the book divides it into 10 easily manageable sections.

The guide has plenty of photographs of key landmarks but perhaps the maps, which appear on almost every page, are its greatest visual asset.

The trail descriptions, too, are clear and concise. A great addition to the Pennine Way guidebook canon.