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"Vintage" travel guidebook retains usefulness in 2009, Sept. 11 2009
Long out of print and no updated edition in view, Reader's Digest Touring Guide to Britain remains a tremendously useful reference guidebook for prospective travelers to Britain. It should be declared a classic.
The book is most helpful when used as a source of information to identify historic and otherwise significant locations throughout Britain. Each couple of pages or so depicts a small area of a few hundred square miles of the country, showing main roads, geographic features, cities and towns, and all points of interest within that parcel of land. Because of the scope and sheer number of points of interest (this is after all Great Britain!), many descriptions are brief but nevertheless informative and well written.
A most useful feature within each page is a small outline map of the entire UK showing where in the the UK that parcel of land being described lies. This feature greatly speeds up search for specific parts of the country.
The guidebook is not meant to be used as a road map, not only because many new roads and motorways have been added since it's last printing years ago, but also because the maps in the book don't include enough detail for such use. A separate, up-to-date road map should be used in conjunction with the book, when planning trips.
Hard-bound copies of this book are still available, in fairly good condition, and usually at low prices from North American used-book suppliers,through Amazon.
[ASIN:0276420314 Reader's Digest Touring Guide to Britain]