3 4 Friday: Out and About with buggies, children and Flora Thompson's younger sister...

As well as books for cycling around this beautiful part of the world, we do a fairly mean collection of local walking books. So today's Friday selections include two fabulous new walking guides for families - and one book deeply rooted in the heritage of Oxfordshire.

All this week, we have been working Kate, our work-experience student, extremely hard in the heat - and here are her reviews of the first two new titles:

Kiddiwalks in Oxfordshire, Ruth Paley (Countryside Books, £9.99, PB)
"Kiddiwalks has come up with an amazing guide to the best child friendly places in Oxfordshire. All 20 of the walks are simple, short and stimulating; like all walks should be. Each walk will help you see what a beautiful place the Oxfordshire countryside is."

Buggy Friendly Walks in the Thames Valley, Catharine Gregory
(Countryside Books, £7.95, PB)

"Catharine Gregory has come up with 20 breathtakingly beautiful places in the Thames Valley that vary from lovely riverside walks to delightful ones along country lanes. These walks are most suited for new parents and their children in mind, investigated and tested by the writer and her family."

If you are out and about in the Oxfordshire countryside, a new publication from Wychwood Press 'More Tales from Lark Rise' brings into publication for the first time the childhood memoirs of Betty Timms - younger sister of Flora Thompson. Including a beautiful account of (appropriately enough) Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897, the early success of her writing likely influenced Flora in later year. Read more here...

And finally, if you are interested in book local to Abingdon, you may want to take a look at 
our curated Mostly Books Abingdon Collection.

Have a lovely weekend!

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