Reviews - what customers say about Friendly Guides

Based on 165 reviews
Lovely clear map

A wonderful souvenir. Large scale and clear-very easy to study and enjoy

Very helpful.

We have been to this part of Cornwall many times, but this guide gave a lot of new and interesting information.

Excellent Friendly Guides

This is a great update to the Lizard guide and a great addition to the Friendly Collection, all of which give lots of useful and interesting information, maps, and suggestions of walks and places to visit. All beautifully presented in a compact little book and efficiently and speedily despatched. Thank you Friendly Guides!

The Perfect Scilly Guide

An excellent pocket-sized guide to all that the Scilly Isles have to offer, with clear maps supported by succinct informative texts. The perfect handbook for any visitors.

Easy read Isles of Scilly Guudez

Very easy to read - slim books. Really interesting and informative - definitely helps me plan my holiday


We ordered a St. Marys map for our recent trip to the Isles of Scilly, we’ve been to the islands before but the map was an excellent guide to areas we’ve not explored previously. I’ve now ordered the pack with all the islands in it as the first one was so helpful. Looking forward to using them next year.

Brilliant little maps

Such a good idea keeping these maps in a case

Useful even for locals

I have lived on the Lizard for a few years and there are various local guides available but I bought the complete set of friendly guides to plug some gaps. The maps are quite large in scale but because they are individually relatively small, they are manageable and lightweight to take with you on a day out and cope with even in quite windy weather. They are good because of all the extra details to help you find car parks and attractions as well as navigating your way there on our sometimes quite windy roads. The information on the back provides additional details to help plan your day out. So whether you want to plan a walk on the coast path and know where you can get a cup of tea, or are looking for a dog friendly beach, you can tuck one of these maps in your bag and set off with confidence.


I found some of these amazing maps whilst on holiday in Cornwall but couldn’t complete the set, found the website which was easy to navigate and ordered the extra ones on line, delivered free of charge,, excellent service from this company and would certainly use them again, thank you

Great local guide book

This is a lovely informative guide book, which narrows down each area of West Cornwall and provides plenty of information about them. Practical tips such as remote parking and local strolls are super-useful. Recommended if you want to get beyond the obvious attractions of West Cornwall.

Great map produced by locals

I bought this map to replace another from the same publisher, which had worn out. I like the updates which now include Old Town in the larger inset with Hugh Town, and the Western Isles part of the main map. Consequently the map is larger than my original copy. Having not visited the Isles for 4 years and planning a trip this September, it’s great to have a fully updated map as my guide!


Excellent guide. Have already walked around the Lizard coast for last 10 years. Didn't realise there were walks through the central areas. Bought this book after buying the guide on the Helford River from Trebah Gardens.

So much fun

It was only yesterday that I spent a pleasant hour on the sofa planing my next holiday in South Cornwall. The Helford Friendly Guide shows you how to explore the beaches, lanes and creeks. Without it you would be surely lost. Too much "private access only".

Well worth it

Detailed and informative. Good maps of the areas and plenty of information.


Really good map - very clear and detailed. Excellent choice if you are planning on walking or cycling around the island.

Invaluable little book

An excellent little book, full of historical, geographical and local information. We’ve used it twice this week on our outings to west Cornwall and have found the walks are better for it.

South Cornwall - Falmouth and Roseland Guidebook

Speedy delivery
It’s a gift so cannot really comment yet but recommend this seller re delivery time and availability. Thank you 😊.


The Friendly Guides set the gold standard for guides to Cornwall and they are an outstandingly efficient publisher.

Scilly Guidebook and Pocket Maps

Hi, I would like to compliment your company for an excellent delivery service. The guide book and maps arrived just two days after I placed the order. I’m extremely pleased with the book and maps, very detailed and informative, and they are just what I’ve been looking for. I look forward to trying the suggested walks and boat trips when I visit the Islands in May.

Excellent book

Very informative and detailed book. Looking forward to using the book when I visit the Islands in May.

Great Scilly pocket maps!

I came across these quite by accident. They’re going to be so useful for our holiday! Much easier to find your way around than the 1:25,000. I thought from an earlier review that they might be a bit flimsy but I think they’re pretty robust. Very glad I got them: thanks!

Excellent guide

Can’t wait to use this on my next trip to Cornwall and in the meantime it’s lovely to dip into and plan new adventures. Lovely photos to enjoy too . Well laid out with excellent information . I have past and present versions of all these guides .

The best maps for Scilly

Friendly Guides are the absolute best maps for any visitor to the Isles of Scilly

West Cornwall - The Lizard Guidebook
Helen (Amazon review 10th November 2022)
One of the books in the best series currently in print.

All aspects of information seems to have been included: geology; flora&fauna; climate, history; parking; &things to do according to age group.The maps are very clear&with writing of a decent size.I highly recommend it.

West Cornwall - The Lizard Guidebook
Mollie James (Amazon review 26th July 2022)
A very good guide

Greatly enhanced our holiday