Thanks for all the responses. I've had a bit of a rethink and in the end booked myself into a spa in Yorkshire instead. Even with full body massages every day, I'd spend half the money I'd have spent on the Canaries holiday!
Now I'm thinking of going to the Canaries when it's a bit cheaper. February probably. So if you could dig out those guides you found so useful, I'd be very greateful.
JJ: Still avoiding the blighters like the plague. Better somebody else on those bull horns than me!
I'm thinking of going walking somewhere warm over Christmas and New Year. Inn Travel have some holidays that look very nice in the Canaries (http://www.inntravel.co.uk/walking/walks_spain4.htm). Sherpa Expeditions have some nice ones as well. Are these reputable companies or would I risk finding myself stranded in the middle of nowhere while they take off with my luggage?
Any other companies or destinations you'd recommend?
My budget stretches up to about £1000, including flight and single supplement. I'm going to treat myself. Keep in mind I'm on my own, and not all destinations are fun for a single woman. Cheers, --Mjausson
I've looked at Amazon and they have one used copy of North Wales Walks on the Level for a bit over £40.
The Jarrold Pathfinder for North Wales and Anglesey looks good except it was published in 1991. In more densely populated areas I'd never go with a guide that's almost 15 years old. What's the board's advice on that for north Wales?
The Collins Rambler's Guides is from 2000 so it seems better in that respect. But I'm not sure I'm comfortable with "decent hillwalking", I'm not sure-footed and a colleague's description of the Snowdon Horseshoe sounded terrifying to me.
The Don Hinson books sound more promising and there's at least one that's less than a decade old.
Great info. Just what I was looking for. But I'm going a bit later, in late September. Should I take the Paramo jacket or can I get away with a Paclite with a nice fleece under? (I'm one of those people who are always cold.)
Oh, and anybody have any favourite rambles for Anglesey? I'll be staying at Tre-Ysgawen Hall.
Oh my, and they're listing Fox's in Amersham. That place just gets worse and worse. Too much clothes and not even proper outdoors clothes. It's a good shop to go if you want clothes that are tarted up to look robust but that won't stand for even a ramble in the Chilterns. Oh, and knick-knacks. Last time I was there (on the weekend) I ended up buying an emergency whistle to use as a zipper pull, a white diod light for use as the same and a pair of non-polarising sun glasses. That says a lot about their selection.
William, if you're having problems with the text size on the planetfear.com site, you can change it in your browser. I use it for outdoorsmagic.com too because I see no point in straining my eyes. At the top of your browser, there's a menu bar. Click on "View", then "Text size" and increase the size. I agree that something with flyspeck font sizes shouldn't be nominated in the first place but at least they're following accessibility guidelines that allow us to compensate for their twenty-something designer's eagle eye vision.