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When we are planning on going on a holiday I am one of those strange people that love the reading and research, I think almost as much as the holiday. I avidly search Pinterest and read other travellers blogs for inspiration and the insider hints and tips. The internet is absolute mine of information. Sometimes though there is nothing like a good book. These are some of the books that are on my Christmas list. Have you got any other suggestions?
The Great British Adventure Map features 2,500 of Britain’s great wild places, mountains, islands, beaches, waterways, viewpoints, eccentric events and long-distance routes, peppered with some randomly inspiring trivia and amusingly quirky touches. Designed to bring the fun back to holiday planning, and prove that Britain is a brilliant place for adventures big and small, it will inspire you to get outside and enjoy some great home-grown adventures.
Not technically a book but this scratch-off map of the world, which is manufactured in the UK is a great gift for your favourite adventurer to plan a trip on the world map wall poster then record their journey! Also the perfect gift to educate young explorers.
Award-winning travel writer Andrew McCarthy writes the foreword to this lavish book, offering 400 awe-inspiring destinations chosen by National Geographic’s family of globe-trotting contributors; dozens of fun, “Best of the World” themed lists; illuminating sidebars, several by travel and literary luminaries such as Anna Quindlen, Bill Bryson, Gore Vidal, and Pico Iyer; and hundreds of dazzling, oversized, full-color images to bring to life a wide variety of location categories–from entire countries to mountaintop villages to pristine lakes to ancient wonders.
An inspirational larger format guidebook to Britain’s National Trails – 19 long-distance walking routes through England, Wales and Scotland. Together, these routes (National Trails in England and Wales and Scotland’s Great Trails) cover well over 3100 miles (5000km), exploring the rich scenic This and historic countryside of Britain. Perfect for planning, the book offers stage by stage overviews for the full breadth of the network, including the popular South West Coast Path, Hadrian’s Wall Path, West Highland Way, Cotswold Way, Offa’s Dyke Path, South Downs Way, Southern Upland Way and many others exploring the beauty and wild country of the British Isles
The Kindness of Strangers explores what it means to be vulnerable and to be helped by someone we’ve never met before. Someone who could have walked past, but chose not to. This is a collection of stories by accomplished travellers and adventurous souls like Sarah Outen, Benedict Allen, Ed Stafford and Al Humphreys, who have completed daring journeys through challenging terrain, adventuring from the Calais Jungle to the Amazon, from Lands End to the Gobi Desert, from New Guinea to Iran and many other places in between. These are stories that make our hearts grow, stories that will restore our faith in the world and remind us that, despite what the media says, the world isn’t a scary place, rather, it is filled with Kind Strangers just like us. All royalties go directly to fund Oxfam’s work with refugees.
Make the Most of Your Time on Earth is a handpicked curation of personal recommendations, from retracing Odysseus’s footsteps on Mljet and hippo-spotting in the Bijagós Islands, to wild camping on the Arabian Peninsula and defying gravity at China’s Hanging Temple. It might even be something as simple as walking among Hockney’s landscapes on the Yorkshire Wolds Way or eating among locals in the perfect setting: the definitive gelato in Rome or a mopane worm in Zimbabwe.
The Wild Guide to Central England is a new compendium of adventures, from the best-selling, award-winning Wild Guide series now released for Central England (Peak District, Cotswolds, Midlands, Welsh Marches and Lincolnshire Coast). Guiding you to over 800 incredible secret places and wild adventures – idyllic swims, ancient forests, lost ruins, secret valleys, amazing wildlife, easy scrambles and sacred places. Including slow food and drink, artisanal producers, wild camping and rustic places to stay for families Mesmerising photography – a beautiful, inspiring book For the adventurous family and those seeking easier adventures in Britain’s hidden places Packed with practical information including GPX co-ordinates and 23 maps.
A comprehensive guide to the beaches of West Cornwall. Uniquely, the guide includes details of historical events and legends associated with each beach as well as giving the practical details found in other beach guides. This makes it essential reading for anyone visiting West Cornwall.
This is a look at taking life slowly. It’s about taking the time to enjoy journeys and places for their own sake. It’s about stopping and putting the kettle on. Stopping to take a picture. Stopping to enjoy stopping. How are you going to do it? In a camper van or a motorhome, of course. In this book, we define the best driving routes around England and Wales for camper vans and motorhomes. We show you the coolest places to stay, what to see, what to do and explain why it’s special.
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