Trespass Thoughts from Readers

Here are a few of the reader reviews of my trespassing book. If you’ve read and enjoyed the book and bought it from an online supplier please do leave a review. Each one helps the book come before more potential readers.DSCF2108

Here’s what other readers are saying about The Compleat Trespasser:

This book is written with the panache and style of a novelist; the passion of someone who truly cares for the land we all share; and the diligence of a historian who writes of the almost-lost details of times not so long passed. A ‘must read’ for anyone who cares about our glorious countryside.

A brilliant book about walking and the rights and wrongs of trespass. I believe we all should have the right to walk in our beautiful country, as long as we do no damage, why not?

This is a fine book for ramblers, hikers and wild-campers. It covers trespass law, history and the author’s own experiences and encounters with landowners, game keepers and others who would try to stop us from walking our own land. I especially enjoyed the accounts of the author’s boyhood trespassing which brought to mind the ever excellent William Brown (he of the Just William’ books).

This is a nicely balanced account of roaming around the countryside as a joy and the history of legality of such activity. The chapters alternate, one being information and the next being a personal account. Bainbridge is a good storyteller.

He is also passionate that we rediscover some of the old ways, whether they are ridgeways, farm and parish roads blocked by a rich person’s house and lost to anyone else, or the ways of children who simply explored without regard to rules and rule-mongerers. Bainbridge is not only a good storyteller, but also an investigative journalist.

Exciting and informative book, worth reading, give you an incite into past history, lots of good advice and great value a must read book.

John Bainbridge has provided a fascinating and entertaining overview of the problems the peaceful walker faces in accessing the British countryside. The modern footpaths of Britain are forged by its history, but there has been, a continues to be, a substantial group of landowners who seem to see ramblers as a threat to their lives and livelihoods, in contrast to parts of the world such as Scandinavia, where, so long as you don’t peer into someone’s windows, you can go where you like. That said, access in the UK is better than it is in many other countries, including Ireland where I live, and the author gives considerable detail on how the right to roam was raised to its present standard, and what the threats are to country access. He talks about how he has trespassed in the past and the different attitudes he has met among landowners in a most enjoyable way, respecting the rights of landowners when they respect him and circumnavigating them when they don’t. It is perhaps time that walkers not only in the UK but in other countries thought about whether it is time for the resurgence of individual or mass trespass in the cause of access to the countryside – too many people in modern times seem to be trapped on pavements and in cities and, while this book does not advocate such a course of action, it certainly wakes one up to the danger that rights are lost where people are not willing to stand up and be counted. As I said before – entertaining and thought provoking.

The Compleat Trespasser is still available in paperback and as an eBook.


Published by John Bainbridge

Rambler, hillwalker, stravaiger and trespasser, access campaigner. Novelist writing historical and period crime fiction.

2 thoughts on “Trespass Thoughts from Readers

    1. Sir Leslie Stephen, father of Virginia Woolf etc, suggested that the presence of such a sign usually indicated there must be something really worth seeing.

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