List books in category Sports / Walking

  • The Marches

    The Marches
    Rory Stewart

    MP and travel writer Rory Stewart muses on history, memory and landscape as he traverses the borderlands between England and Scotland.His father Brian taught Rory Stewart how to walk, and walked with him on journeys from Iran to Malaysia. Now they have chosen to do their final walk together along ‘the Marches’ – the frontier that divides their two countries, Scotland and England. On their six-hundred-mile, thirty-day journey – with Rory on foot, and his father ‘ambushing’ him by car – the pair relive Scottish dances, reflect on Burmese honey-bears, and on the loss of human presence in the British landscape. Travelling across mountain ridges and through housing estates they uncover a forgotten country crushed between England and Scotland: the Middleland. They discover unsettling modern lives, lodged in an ancient place, as their odyssey develops into a history of the British nationhood, a chronicle of contemporary Britain and an exuberant encounter between a father and a son. And as the journey deepens, and the end approaches, Brian and Rory fight to match, step by step, modern voices, nationalisms and contemporary settlements to the natural beauty of the Marches, and a fierce absorption in tradition in their own unconventional lives. ‘This beautifully written book is a haunting reflection of identity and our relationships with the people and places we love’ Daily Mail‘Suggests an open-mindedness in Stewart, a tolerance and flexibility that could make him an exceptional politician while it also continues to define him as a writer’ New York Review of Books‘Travel writing at its best’ Guardian

  • The Book of the Bivvy: Edition 2

    The Book of the Bivvy: Edition 2
    Ronald Turnbull

    A guide to bivvybag skills and expeditions, The Book of The Bivvy is a half-and-half mix of how to do it and why to do it (or how not to do it, and why not to do it). Accounts of expeditions, both nice and nasty, alternate with practical chapters about the technicalities of the breathable membrane, how little kit you really can get away with and the secrets of lightweight long distance. The book closes with a selection of bivvybag expeditions to initiate the unwary into the secrets. Ronald's informed, humorous, instructive, wry look at the world of the bivouac is certainly the first, and perhaps the last, word on this unexplored territory. Along the way Ronald shows that 1900 to 1969 was the dark age of the bivouac, how Diogenes (the Cynic) bivvied under timber, and that the Eiger was climbed only through improved bivvying technique.

  • The Salt Path: The Sunday Times bestseller, shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Biography Award & The Wainwright Prize

    The Salt Path: The Sunday Times bestseller, shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Biography Award & The Wainwright Prize
    Raynor Winn

    The uplifting true story of the couple who lost everything and embarked on a journey of salvation across the windswept South West coastline. ''A beautiful book, it really lives up to the hype . . . an enjoyable, gentle yet moving read' Pandora Sykes on The High Low GUARDIAN BEST BOOKS OF SUMMERJust days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.The Salt Path is an honest and life-affirming true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, WINNER OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY LITERATURE CHRISTOPHER BLAND PRIZE & SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD & WAINWRIGHT GOLDEN BEER BOOK PRIZE 2018'A beautiful, thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, human strength and endurance' Guardian 'Mesmerising. It is one of the most uplifting, inspiring books that I've ever read' i 'A thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, strength and endurance' The Week 'The most inspirational book of this year' The Times

  • Tour of Mont Blanc: Complete two-way trekking guide, Edition 4

    Tour of Mont Blanc: Complete two-way trekking guide, Edition 4
    Kev Reynolds

    The essential guidebook to the 105-mile Tour of Mont Blanc trek in the Alps. One of the best of the world's classic walks, which circumnavigates the Mont Blanc massif in about eleven days through France, Switzerland and Italy. The walk has all the excitement of the high mountains yet none of the worry of altitude sickness. It crosses numerous cols with stunning views of spectacular snow and rock peaks and accommodation along the route is plentiful. The 'official' Tour du Mont Blanc follows an established route around the main block of mountains containing not only Mont Blanc but its principal allied summits such as Aiguille Verte, Aiguille du Chardonnet, Aiguille du Goûter, Dent du Géant, Grandes Jorasses, Aiguille d'Argentière, Mont Dolent and numerous others. The author describes the tour both in the traditional 'anti-clockwise' direction and the 'clockwise' direction. There are several alternative routes that subsequently link, and these are also described. The routes have been created to give the very best perspective and appreciation of the whole region. At every opportunity recommendations are made that will bring the walker into closer contact with the area. This guide is in full colour, with points of interest, accommodation details and overview maps for every stage, along with details of the natural and cultural history of the region. There are also routes around Courmayeur and Arnuva and to Lac Blanc, as well as essential practical information on travel to and around the Mont Blanc Massif, mountain safety, languages, currency and more. The result is an ideal companion to take on one of the world's greatest mountain adventures.

  • The Adlerweg: The Eagle s Way across the Austrian Tyrol

    The Adlerweg: The Eagle’s Way across the Austrian Tyrol
    Mike Wells

    The Adlerweg (or Eagle's Way) is a well maintained and waymarked 300km path traversing the length of the Austrian Tyrol from St Johann in the east to St Anton in the west. It follows established mountain and valley tracks to traverse the length of the Austrian state of Tyrol from east to west. 6 low-level alternative stages and a challenging 8 stage variant are included in this guidebook, with suggestions for a 15 day and 21 day trek. The six easier variant stages avoid the more airy parts, and eight more difficult Alpine Stages provide an alternative high-level trek through the Lechtaler Alps. Each stage is graded for difficulty but even the most difficult are accessible to most experienced walkers, and no special equipment is required. The route is also well served by good quality, well-positioned mountain accommodation and refreshment opportunities.

  • Mountain Man: 446 Mountains. Six months. One record-breaking adventure

    Mountain Man: 446 Mountains. Six months. One record-breaking adventure
    James Forrest

    Nicknamed 'Mountain Man' by the Sunday Telegraph, James Forrest is the record-breaking adventurer who climbed every mountain in England and Wales in just six months – the fastest ever time. Solo and unsupported, he walked over 1,000 miles and ascended five times the height of Everest during his 446-peak challenge. And he did it all on his days off from work, proving it is possible to integrate an epic adventure into your everyday life. From collapsing tents and horrific storms to near-fatal mountaineering mishaps, James endured his fair share of hardship out in the hills. But the good times far outweighed the bad. He slept wild under the stars, met eccentric locals, and exchanged the 21st century social media bubble for a simpler, more peaceful existence. What did he learn along the way? That life is more fulfilling when you switch off your phone and climb a mountain. Readers will be inspired and motivated by James's amazing adventure, and so the book concludes with a section on how YOU can achieve your next adventure – whether it's something to get the kids involved in at half term, a fun challenge to tackle solo or with friends, or, like James's, a record-breaking attempt of epic proportions, James will guide you through everything you need to do to plan and execute your adventure, as well as give you some great ideas too.

  • Lake District: High Level and Fell Walks

    Lake District: High Level and Fell Walks
    Vivienne Crow

    This guidebook collects the best 30 high fell walks in the Lake District. Every route is graded for difficulty and ranges between 7-23km, and includes annotated OS maps and variant routes. The walks are divided into 6 sections according to where walkers can start: the Keswick area, Borrowdale and Buttermere, the Western Valleys, Coniston and Langdale, Ambleside, Grasmere and Windermere, or Ullswater. The walks combine Lakeland classics with lesser-known adventures. From classic horseshoes, such as the Newlands Round and the Fairfield Horseshoe, and traditional ascents of England's most iconic mountains, including its highest peaks Scafell Pike, Scafell, Helvellyn and Skiddaw, to routes onto some of the quieter summits including Gray Crag and Beda Fell, or quieter routes onto popular fells including Blencathra and Red Screes, the walks in this guide comprise all the best high-level fell walks to be had in England's largest, and beloved National Park. Covering both rocky terrain and grassy hills, with occasional boggy ground, most of the paths are relatively easy-to-follow in clear conditions, but may require good navigational skills when the clouds roll in. The guidebook also includes information to enhance your walking, from historical, geological and wildlife detail, to advice on travelling to and around the Lake District, and how to best prepare for an excellent day out on the fells.

  • The Northern Caminos: The Caminos Norte, Primitivo and Inglés, Edition 2

    The Northern Caminos: The Caminos Norte, Primitivo and Inglés, Edition 2
    Dave Whitson

    This guidebook is a comprehensive, pocket-sized guide to walking the pilgrimage routes through northern Spain to the sacred city of Santiago de Compostela. The Camino del Norte is an 817km five-week coastal route from the town of Irún, close to the French border. Its alternatives are the Camino Primitivo (which splits from the Norte near Oviedo for the next 355km) and the Camino Inglés (a five-day 116km route from the city of Ferrol on the north-west coast). The guide gives stage-by-stage descriptions to all three routes, and to the Camino de Finisterre (a three-day extension route from Santiago to the west coast). It features lots of advice including recommended gear, useful information on all available pilgrim hostels and an extensive glossary in English, Spanish and Euskera. The Camino Francés is often referred to as the Camino de Santiago, but it is actually, along with these Northern Caminos, part of a network of routes. As the Francés is so popular, however, the Northern Caminos offer ideal conditions. They are popular enough to offer sufficient facilities, clear waymarking and a pilgrim community, while plentiful cheap accommodation means no need to race for a bed.

  • The GR10 Trail: Through the French Pyrenees: Le Sentier des Pyrénées

    The GR10 Trail: Through the French Pyrenees: Le Sentier des Pyrénées
    Brian Johnson

    Guidebook to the GR10, a 955km trek across the French Pyrenees from Hendaye on the Atlantic Coast to the Mediterranean coast at Banyuls-sur-Mer. Described in 55-day stages of 7-27km, the route can be completed in its entirety, usually in around 45 days, or in shorter sections using the bus and rail links found throughout the Pyrenees. Step by step route descriptions are accompanied by 1:100,000 mapping and gradient profiles. Useful practical information is also included such as when to go, getting there and back, camping, accessing fuel and water, plus handy equipment tips and more. The easiest, oldest and most popular of the three long-distance routes that traverse the mountain range, the GR10 is well waymarked and follows good mountain paths. For many walkers, the highlight of the route is the magnificent wildflowers and associated butterflies. For others, it's the spectacular mountain terrain, while those keen on bird watching will delight in scanning the sky for the many varieties of birds of prey that can be seen in the region, from the massive Griffon vulture to the distinctly coloured Egyptian vulture.

  • The Pyrenean Haute Route: The HRP high-level trail, Edition 3

    The Pyrenean Haute Route: The HRP high-level trail, Edition 3
    Tom Martens

    There are three main trekking routes across the Pyrenees from coast to coast: of these, the Pyrenean Haute Route (or HRP for Haute Route Pyrénéenne) is the most challenging – and arguably, the most spectacular. Unlike the GR10 and GR11, it is not waymarked and borders on mountaineering at times, sticking as closely as possible to the main ridge. It stretches 750km from the Atlantic resort of Hendaye to Banyuls-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean, crossing the French-Spanish border many times on its traverse. The hike calls for experience, navigational competence and self-reliance, but offers rich rewards as you pass through some of the most stunning landscapes the region has to offer. This guide presents the Pyrenean Haute Route in 44 day stages, which are divided between five sections: since each section starts and finishes at a location accessible by public transport, they can be walked individually if you don't have a spare month-and-a-half for a complete thru-hike. Although the route offers excellent opportunities for wild camping, each stage finishes at a mountain hut or village, meaning that you can sleep under a roof every night if you prefer. Clear route description is accompanied by 1:100,000 mapping. There are bad weather variants and alternatives to avoid the most technical sections, and the guide also includes optional ascents of 10 classic summits, including Vignemale, Pic du Taillon and the highest peak in the Pyrenees, Pico de Aneto. You'll also find helpful advice on travel to and from the route, equipment and safety. From the rolling green foothills of the Basque Country to High Pyrenean landscapes of aquamarine lakes nestled among 3000m peaks, the scenery is as varied as it is beautiful. Highlights include the karst terrain of Pic d'Anie, the Ossoue glacier, Lac de Mar in the picturesque Val d'Aran and the dramatic Cirque de Gavarnie with its towering cascade.

  • Short walks in the Lake District

    Short walks in the Lake District
    Collins Maps

    Recommended for colour tablets only. This ebook is not suitable for reading on black and white eink devices. All content downloaded to device, making maps and text available at all times.The Lake District contains some of the most spectacular landscapes in Britain with superb walking areas. This guide, produced in co-operation with the Ramblers and featuring Ordnance Survey mapping, is the perfect way to really appreciate the landscapes of the Lake District. INCLUDES:• 20 easy to follow walks which can be completed in 3 hours and under. • Each walk has a detailed 1:25 000 Ordnance Survey map with the route clearly marked plus a detailed description of the route. • The walks have been chosen with issues like parking and refreshments in mind to make life easy for families. • Packed with colour photographs of scenes you will see along the walk. The perfect guide for afternoon walks near to Keswick, Windermere, Coniston, Grasmere and Ambleside.

  • Walking in the New Forest: 30 Walks in the New Forest National Park

    Walking in the New Forest: 30 Walks in the New Forest National Park
    Steve Davison

    This guidebook describes 30 day walks of between 3 and 10 miles set right across the New Forest National Park. Suitable for all abilities, the walks can easily be combined into longer routes for greater challenges, through woodland, heath and along the coast, all illustrated with large-scale OS map extracts and vibrant colour photographs. The area is also an animal lover's paradise, providing natural habitat to many types of wildlife including deer, all six of Britain's native reptiles and the New Forest's very own species of pony. The New Forest is a unique landscape of open heath and ancient woodland tucked into south-west Hampshire and south-east Wiltshire. To many, a key feature is the ancient and ornamental woods, and here can be found the greatest concentration of 'veteran' trees in western Europe. However, there is much more on offer, including 42km (26 miles) of coastline, the largest area of lowland heath in Britain and three-quarters of the valley mires in north-west Europe, as well as picture-postcard thatched cottages, ancient churches and cosy pubs. And all this located within Britain's smallest national park, within easy reach of Southampton, Bournemouth and Salisbury.

  • The Complete Guide to Nordic Walking

    The Complete Guide to Nordic Walking
    Gill Stewart

    Nordic walking – a specific technique for walking with poles that is far more effective in burning calories and whole-body toning than walking alone – is growing rapidly in the UK and worldwide. Here at last is a clear, simple guide to help you understand everything you need to know about Nordic walking whether you are a beginner, a more experienced Nordic walking enthusiast or a health and fitness professional. The Complete Guide to Nordic Walking expels all the myths and simply provides advice and information on how to Nordic walk, who with, where and most importantly why. Organised into clear sections to help you to find exactly what you are looking for quickly, the guide is packed with tips, case studies, research, exercise plans and equipment advice, it is the complete manual for Nordic walkers of all levels. The book is endorsed by Nordic Walking UK and has contributions from worldwide experts including Martin Christie (who brought Nordic walking to the UK) Tom Rutlin, Jose Manual Fernandez Molina and Fabio Moretti.

  • Walking Home From Mongolia: Ten Million Steps Through China, From the Gobi Desert to the South China Sea

    Walking Home From Mongolia: Ten Million Steps Through China, From the Gobi Desert to the South China Sea
    Rob Lilwall

    Starting in the Gobi desert in winter, adventurer Rob Lilwall sets out on an extraordinary six-month journey, walking almost 5000 kilometres across China. Along the way he and his cameraman Leon brave the toxic insides of China's longest road tunnel, explore desolate stretches of the Great Wall and endure interrogation by the Chinese police. As they walk on through the heart of China, the exuberant hospitality of cave dwellers, coal miners and desert nomads keeps them going, despite sub-zero blizzards and the treacherous terrain.Rob writes with humour and honesty about the hardships of the walk, reflecting on the nature of pilgrimage and the uncertainties of an adventuring career. He also gives a unique insight into life on the road amid the epic landscapes and rapidly industrialising cities of backwater China.

  • Wild Camping: Exploring and Sleeping in the Wilds of the UK and Ireland

    Wild Camping: Exploring and Sleeping in the Wilds of the UK and Ireland
    Stephen Neale

    From getting back to nature with a tent, some matches and a few litres of bottled water, to enjoying a pub dinner and camping out in the garden afterwards, this book shows how to get stuck into wild camping in all its forms. Beautiful wildernesses; tiny budgets; environmentally-friendly… What's not to like?There's an idea that wild camping is illegal in Britain, but it isn't – you just need to know the rules and where to go. This guide will open up this amazing experience for all, covering: – what is wild camping and why bother? – different types (biviing, tenting, hammocking, on the water) – what the law says (Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Ireland, EU, waterways) – how many of the largest landowners in the UK are actively encouraging wild camping – getting started (vital equipment, where to go, when to go, safety) – drinking water and foraging for food The bulk of the book (80%) features the best places to go in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, along with stories, tips, helpful maps and inspiring photos. This guide will give readers the knowledge and the inspiration to escape the noise, clutter and stress of day to day life and go wild.

  • The GR5 Trail: Through the French Alps from Lake Geneva to Nice, Edition 3

    The GR5 Trail: Through the French Alps from Lake Geneva to Nice, Edition 3
    Paddy Dillon

    An essential guidebook for walking the GR5, one of the world's most spectacular long-distance trails. The GR5 makes its way through the Alps from the shores of Lac Léman at Geneva to the Mediterranean at Nice. A route of 674km (420 miles), it can be trekked in a month, or split over a series of summer trips. The GR5 is well within the reach of fit and moderately experienced walkers and backpackers. There is good signposting and waymarking, and accommodation, food and drink are all available at regular intervals. The paths and tracks are generally well graded, while steep climbs are tackled on zigzag paths, so the overall gradient is not so severe. Every summer, thousands of walkers embark on this trek. This guidebook also describes some scenic variant routes, including the stunning GR55 through the Vanoise National Park and the delightful GR52 that crosses the Mercantour National Park. Full descriptions and maps are provided for these alternatives. The book includes daily stages, timings, ascents and descents, full-colour mapping and gradient profiles, alongside information about facilities and services along the route. The result is an ideal companion to planning and completing your trek. Two further Cicerone guidebooks cover the remaining sections of the GR5; 'The GR5 Trail – Vosges and Jura', and 'The GR5 Trail – Benelux and Lorraine' which together cover the route from Lac Léman to the Hoek Van Holland.

  • Walking in Derbyshire: 60 circular walks across the county, Edition 2

    Walking in Derbyshire: 60 circular walks across the county, Edition 2
    Elaine Burkinshaw

    Guidebook to walking in Derbyshire and the Peak District. 60 circular day walks, ranging from 2 to 10 miles (4 to 14km), offer something for walkers of all abilities. The walks start from bases all over the area including Glossop, Buxton, Bakewell, Matlock, Ripley, Ashbourne and Derby. The routes are illustrated with OS map extracts and accompanied with the author's own photographs, as well as including plenty of practical information on getting to and around Derbyshire and the routes. Historic sites including Hardwick Hall, Kedleston Hall, Eyam, Chatsworth House (the fictional Pemberley), New Mills, Cromford, Goyt Valley and Dovedale are also explored, as are Bronze and Iron Age forts, medieval castles and ruined Abbeys. Walking routes pass remnants of ancient civilisations, fine market towns and villages, caverns, castles, country houses and parklands, historic spa resorts and industrial heritage sites, and the book is full of background information detailing the local history.

  • The Walker s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs

    The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs
    Tristan Gooley

    **From the bestselling author of THE NATURAL EXPLORER and HOW TO READ WATER, the Sunday Times Book Of The Year**2015 BBC Countryfile Magazine Country Book of the Year and winner of the Outdoor Book of the Year at The Great Outdoors Awards 2015'Even the intrepid Bear Grylls could learn a trick or two from this book' The TimesThe ultimate guide to what the land, sun, moon, stars, trees, plants, animals, sky and clouds can reveal – when you know what to look for. Includes over 850 outdoor clues and signs. This top ten bestseller is the result of Tristan Gooley's two decades of pioneering outdoors experience and six years of instructing, researching and writing. It includes lots of outdoor clues and signs that will not be found in any other book in the world. As well as the most comprehensive guide to natural navigation for walkers ever compiled, it also contains clues for weather forecasting, tracking, city walks, coast walks, night walks and dozens of other areas.

  • Scotland s Mountain Ridges: Scrambling, Mountaineering and Climbing - the best routes for summer and winter

    Scotland’s Mountain Ridges: Scrambling, Mountaineering and Climbing – the best routes for summer and winter
    Dan Bailey

    A guidebook to the rich mix of summer scrambling, rock climbing and winter mountaineering on Scotland's ridges, from the remote Cairngorms to the splendour of the Cuillin. Graceful carved walkways slung between summits, twisted spines of stone – ridges can be the most beautiful of mountain landforms. With elegant lines and giddy exposure, ridge climbs emit a powerful siren call, drawing us out onto the rocks. Life on the edge has a special quality, born of the contrast of empty space all around, and intricate detail in close-up. The crests are strangely irresistible. Scotland's ridges are among the finest mountaineering lines in the country, every one a unique adventure. The variety of these routes reflects the breadth of the mountain experience: a rich mix of summer scrambles, technical rock and challenging winter climbs. This book covers both the popular classics and some obscure gems, aiming to celebrate these thrilling climbs as much as to document them. Along the way it explores landscapes of magnificent diversity, ranging from the remote desolation of the Cairngorms to the seaside splendour of the Cuillin, the great trench of Glencoe to the surreal exhibitionism of the far north. The chosen selection spans the grade range, with routes to suit all levels of ability. Whether an earthbound hillwalker or an accomplished climber, Scotland's ridges cannot fail to stir your imagination.

  • Walking the Americas: ‘A wildly entertaining account of his epic journey’ Daily Mail

    Walking the Americas: ‘A wildly entertaining account of his epic journey’ Daily Mail
    Levison Wood

    LONGLISTED IN THE ADVENTURE TRAVEL CATEGORY OF THE 2017 BANFF MOUNTAIN BOOK AWARDS SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLERBY THE AUTHOR OF WALKING THE HIMALAYAS, WINNER OF THE 2016 EDWARD STANFORD ADVENTURE TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD'Levison Wood has breathed new life into adventure travel.' Michael PalinWalking the Americas chronicles Levison Wood's 1,800 mile trek along the spine of the Americas, through eight countries, from Mexico to Colombia, experiencing some of the world's most diverse, beautiful and unpredictable places.His journey took him from violent and dangerous cities to ancient Mayan ruins lying still unexplored in the jungles of Mexico and Guatemala. He encountered members of indigenous tribes, migrants heading towards the US border and proud Nicaraguan revolutionaries on his travels, where at the end of it all, he attempted to cross one of the most impenetrable borders on earth: the Darien Gap route from Panama into South America.This trek required every ounce of Levison Wood's guile, tact, strength and resilience in one of the most raw, real and exciting journeys of his life.

  • Climb to the Lost World: Through dense Guyanian rainforest to the towering summit of Mount Roraima with Don Whillans and Joe Brown

    Climb to the Lost World: Through dense Guyanian rainforest to the towering summit of Mount Roraima with Don Whillans and Joe Brown
    Hamish MacInnes

    Over 9,000 feet up on the top of Mount Roraima is a twenty-five mile square plateau, at the point where Guyana’s border meets Venezuela and Brazil. In 1973, Scottish mountaineering legend Hamish MacInnes alongside climbing notoriety Don Whillans, Mo Anthoine and Joe Brown trekked through dense rainforest and swamp, and climbed the sheer overhanging sandstone wall of the great prow in order to conquer this Conan Doyle fantasy summit.As one of the last unexplored corners of the world, in order to reach the foot of the prow the motley yet vastly experienced expedition trudged through a saturated world of bizarre vegetation, fantastically contorted slime-coated trees and deep white mud; a world dominated by bushmaster snakes, scorpions and giant bird-eating spiders.This wasn’t the end of it, however. The stately prow itself posed extreme technical complications: the rock was streaming with water, and the few-and-far-between ledges were teeming with scorpion-haunted bromeliads. This was not a challenge to be taken lightly. However, if anyone was going to do it, it was going to be this group of UK climbing pioneers, backed by The Observer, supported by the Guyanan Government, and accompanied by a BBC camera team, their mission was very much in the public eye.Climb to the Lost World is a story of discovering an alien world of tortured rock formations, sunken gardens and magnificent waterfalls, combined with the trials and tribulations of day-to-day expedition life. MacInnes’ dry humour and perceptive observations of his companions, flora and fauna relay the story of this first ascent with passion and in true explorer style.

  • Walking the Himalayas: An adventure of survival and endurance

    Walking the Himalayas: An adventure of survival and endurance
    Levison Wood

    WINNER OF THE 2016 EDWARD STANFORD ADVENTURE TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD'Levison Wood has breathed new life into adventure travel.' Michael Palin'Levison Wood is a great adventurer and a wonderful storyteller.' Sir Ranulph Fiennes'Britain's best-loved adventurer… he looks like a man who will stare danger in the face and soak up a lot of pain without complaint.' The TimesFollowing in in the footsteps of the great explorers, WALKING THE HIMALAYAS is Levison Wood's enthralling account of crossing the Himalayas on foot. His journey of discovery along the path of the ancient trade route of the Silk Road to the forgotten kingdom of Bhutan led him beyond the safety of the tourist trail. There lies the real world of the Himalayas, where ex-paratrooper Levison Wood encountered natural disasters, extremists, nomadic goat herders, shamans (and the Dalai Lama) in his 1,700-mile trek across the roof of the world. WALKING THE HIMALAYAS is a tale of courage, stamina and the kindness of strangers that will appeal to the adventurer in us all.

  • Common Ground: One of Britain’s Favourite Nature Books as featured on BBC’s Winterwatch

    Common Ground: One of Britain’s Favourite Nature Books as featured on BBC’s Winterwatch
    Rob Cowen

    ONE OF BRITAIN'S FAVOURITE NATURE BOOKS AS FEATURED ON BBC's WINTERWATCHSHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2016 'Bold and beautiful.' Robert Macfarlane'Sensitive, thoughtful and poetic … leading us into a whole new way of looking at the world' Michael Palin'Touched by genius' John Lewis-Stempel 'Absolutely mesmerizing, utterly beautiful and engrossing' Joanne HarrisAfter moving from London to a new home in Yorkshire, and about to become a father for the first time, Rob Cowen finds himself in unfamiliar territory. Disoriented, hemmed in by winter and yearning for open space, he ventures out to a nearby edge-land: a pylon-slung tangle of wood, hedge, field, meadow and river that lies unclaimed and overlooked on the outskirts of town.Digging deeper into this lost landscape, he begins to uncover its many layers and lives – beast, bird, insect, plant and people – in kaleidoscopic detail. As the seasons change and the birth of his child draws closer, his transformative journey into the blurry space where human and nature meet becomes increasingly profound. In bringing this edge-land to life, Cowen offers both a both a unique portrait of people and place through time and an unforgettable exploration of the common ground we share with the natural world, the past and each other.

  • One Coast to Another: Following Wainwright from St Bees to Robin Hood s Bay

    One Coast to Another: Following Wainwright from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay
    Andrew Bowden

    There are ways to begin walking Wainwright's Coast to Coast. Things that must be done. It's compulsory. It's written in the rules.First you must stride purposefully to the starting point. You must fill your lungs with a deep breath. You must have a photograph taken next to the sign, monument or obelisk that marks the beginning of the trail. And you must proclaim loudly and clearly to all who will listen… "And so it begins!"Of course it's best to do all that whilst there is no one else watching. And preferably whilst not wearing waterproof trousers that are three sizes too small for you.One Coast to Another is the truly inspirational, heart-warming and awe-inspiring book of two thirty somethings who follow hundreds of other people walking from one side of the country to another, just because it's there.Following Alfred Wainwright's route they traverse fells, get stuck in bog, get wet, dry off, drink pints, get dismayed at the lack of pies and wear bandanas of dubious design for 190 miles with one aim and one aim alone. To get a fridge magnet at the end.What greater reason for doing it, could there be?This second edition also includes a guide to planning your own Coast to Coast walk.

  • Map and Compass: A comprehensive guide to navigation, Edition 2

    Map and Compass: A comprehensive guide to navigation, Edition 2
    Pete Hawkins

    This comprehensive guidebook to navigation with a map and compass, but also with advice about using GPS and digital mapping systems, aims to help readers make the most of their outdoor experiences by learning how to use the map compass correctly. The techniques described will give readers the freedom to get away from the crowds, invent their own routes and discover new areas, even where the GPS fails. Chapters cover understanding a map, features, grid refs, contours; planning walks carefully; taking bearings, walking with a compass; timing, pacing and other techniques; what to do when you get lost and in poor visibility or darkness; navigating abroad and GPS and other digital technology. Packed with useful practical exercises and examples. Written by an experienced navigation trainer.

  • Wild Camping: Exploring and Sleeping in the Wilds of the UK and Ireland

    Wild Camping: Exploring and Sleeping in the Wilds of the UK and Ireland
    Stephen Neale

    From getting back to nature with a tent, some matches and a few litres of bottled water, to enjoying a pub dinner and camping out in the garden afterwards, this book shows how to get stuck into wild camping in all its forms. Beautiful wildernesses; tiny budgets; environmentally-friendly… What's not to like? There's an idea that wild camping is illegal in Britain, but it isn't – you just need to know the rules and where to go. This guide will open up this amazing experience for all, covering: – what is wild camping and why bother? – different types (biviing, tenting, motorhoming, caravanning, on the water) – what the law says (Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Ireland, EU, waterways) – how landowners are actively encouraging wild camping in the UK (British Waterways, National Trust, Environment Agency, National Farmer's Union etc) – getting started (vital equipment, where to go, when to go, safety) – drinking water and foraging for food The bulk of the book (80%) features the best places to go in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, along with stories and tips from experienced wild campers (how to make a fire, how to filter water) and simple recipes for foraged food. With helpful maps and inspiring photos, this guide will give readers the knowledge and the inspiration to escape the noise, clutter and stress of day to day life and go wild.

  • North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail

    North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail
    Scott Jurek

    2,200 miles.47 days.One remarkable journey.In July 2015, ultramarathon legend Scott Jurek smashed the world record for running the Appalachian Trail, the sprawling mountain path that runs nearly the entire length of the United States. For nearly seven weeks straight, Jurek battled the elements to run, hike and stumble 50 miles every single day.A tale of mind-boggling physical exertion, pressure and endurance, North reveals the extraordinary lengths to which we can push our bodies and our minds.Instant New York Times Bestseller_____________‘Pure suspense, adventure, and inspiration . . . His story of plunging into the wilderness in pursuit of a dream is both heartwrenching and spellbinding.’ Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run‘Probably America’s greatest ever ultrarunner.’ Guardian‘Scott Jurek’s record-setting journey on the Appalachian Trail was the most punishing, most demanding, most gruelling feat I’ve ever personally witnessed . . . An immersive and engaging book.’ Aron Ralston, author of 127 Hours‘I’m a huge fan . . . North is tremendous.’ Vassos Alexander, BBC Radio 2‘Undoubtedly the greatest ultrarunner of his generation.’ Independent

  • Walking in Norfolk: 40 circular walks in the Broads, Brecks, Fens and along the coast, Edition 2

    Walking in Norfolk: 40 circular walks in the Broads, Brecks, Fens and along the coast, Edition 2
    Laurence Mitchell

    This book describes 40 easy-to-moderate circular day walks, grouped by area: Northeast coast and the Broads; South Norfolk, the Yare and the Waveney; North Norfolk and coast; Central Norfolk and Breckland and West Norfolk and Fens. Each walk is described step-by-step, illustrated with 1:40K OS map extracts and packed with historical, geological and other information about the landscape the route passes through. The Fenland region of Norfolk's far west is flat and low-lying, as are the marshes and waterways of the Broads in the east, but between these two extremes there is a great deal of topography going on. The county is far more varied than most outsiders imagine, with several distinct and unique landscapes. As well as Broads and the Fens, it has the sandy Brecks, rolling farmland, ancient woodland, meandering rivers and the gorgeous North Norfolk coast with its beaches, shingle banks, salt marshes and tidal mud flats.

  • The Pembrokeshire Coast Path

    The Pembrokeshire Coast Path
    Dennis Kelsall

    This guidebook – which includes both a guide to the route and a separate mapping booklet – describes the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, a scenic 180-mile long-distance walk from Amroth, near Tenby, to St Dogmaels, north of Newport. The route, which takes roughly two weeks to complete, is divided into 14 stages of between 9 and 17 miles. Neither technically demanding nor difficult to navigate, the trail is suitable both for experienced distance walkers and those looking to cut their teeth on a long-distance route. Detailed route instructions are accompanied by 1:100,000 OS mapping. A route summary table and comprehensive trek planner are also included, with invaluable information on transport, accommodation and facilities en route. The guidebook is packed with interesting snippets of information about the places, landscapes and wildlife encountered along the way. Also included is a 1:25,000 OS map booklet which shows the full route, providing all the mapping needed to complete the trail. Showcasing the spectacular coastal scenery of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, this National Trail takes in soaring rugged cliffs, serene inlets, broad sandy beaches and quaint coastal villages as it follows the twists and turns of this magical coastal path.

  • The South West Coast Path: From Minehead to South Haven Point, Edition 2

    The South West Coast Path: From Minehead to South Haven Point, Edition 2
    Paddy Dillon

    The South West Coast Path National Trail (SWCP) measures a staggering 630 miles (1015km) from Minehead on the Somerset coast right round Devon and Cornwall to Poole in Dorset. The guidebook divides the route into 45 stages of between 12.5- 37.5km beginning and ending where amenities are available. No other stretch of coastline compares for scenic splendour, historical sites and availability of refreshments, accommodation and public transport, making it easy to split the South West Coast Path into week or weekend-long sections. Written by prolific outdoor writer Paddy Dillon, this guidebook is packed with lots of information for planning your walk, including clear step-by-step route descriptions and OS map extracts, public transport links, accommodation and facilities along the way. Also described is the 17-mile South Dorset Ridgeway, from West Bexington to Osmington Mills, which can be used as a scenic way to shave 42 miles off the total distance. This epic route takes in Exmoor National Park, five Areas of Outstanding National Beauty and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, besides various nature reserves and SSSIs.

  • London is a Forest

    London is a Forest
    Paul Wood

    Can a city be a forest? At first glance, this does not chime with our childhood idea of the ‘wild wood’ – a dark entanglement of trees, where humans fear to tread. But a forest does not need to be dense and impenetrable, and it’s not unheard of for people to live in them either. In London, 8.6 million people are crammed into just 600 square miles alongside 8.3 million trees, and millions upon millions of other plants, insects and animals. According to one UN definition, this makes the city a forest. The Forestry Commission agree, describing London as the world’s largest urban forest. And it’s a very special, urban forest at that. Following a number of trails through the rich diversity of London, this book will look closely at the urban forest, our relationships with it and attitudes towards it and will uncover the fascinating stories and secrets it holds. Through these paths that meander through the urban forest, author Paul Wood explores its geography, its past and future, and looks at the remarkable variety of life supported in this unique metropolitan ecosystem. From the edgelands to the beating heart of the clamorous 21st century megacity, a wealth of arboreal details, history, legend and anecdotes will be revealed along the way. You’ll discover some of the species found here, and the people who have helped to shape this remarkable environment over many centuries. Complementing the trails, Wood will look in more detail at the fascinating stories of some of the iconic, and some of the more hidden species that define the urban forest. These will include familiar tree species like the London Plane, Oaks, Cherries and Hornbeam, alongside the rare Wild Service Tree and the surprising Tree of Heaven. Other inhabitants of the forest such as parakeets, urban foxes and, of course, humans will also be featured.

  • In Praise of Walking: The new science of how we walk and why it’s good for us

    In Praise of Walking: The new science of how we walk and why it’s good for us
    Shane O’Mara

    Walking upright on two feet is a uniquely human skill. It defines us as a species.It enabled us to walk out of Africa and to spread as far as Alaska and Australia. It freed our hands and freed our minds. We put one foot in front of the other without thinking – yet how many of us know how we do that, or appreciate the advantages it gives us? In this hymn to walking, neuroscientist Shane O’Mara invites us to marvel at the benefits it confers on our bodies and minds.In Praise of Walking celebrates this miraculous ability. Incredibly, it is a skill that has its evolutionary origins millions of years ago, under the sea. And the latest research is only now revealing how the brain and nervous system performs the mechanical magic of balancing, navigating a crowded city, or running our inner GPS system. Walking is good for our muscles and posture; it helps to protect and repair organs, and can slow or turn back the ageing of our brains. With our minds in motion we think more creatively, our mood improves and stress levels fall. Walking together to achieve a shared purpose is also a social glue that has contributed to our survival as a species.As our lives become increasingly sedentary, we risk all this. We must start walking again, whether it’s up a mountain, down to the park, or simply to school and work. We, and our societies, will be better for it.

  • Walking on Gran Canaria: 45 day walks including the GR131, Edition 2

    Walking on Gran Canaria: 45 day walks including the GR131, Edition 2
    Paddy Dillon

    The guidebook describes 45 day walks across eight areas of Gran Canaria, including Las Palmas in the north to Playa del Ingles in the south. Also included is a five-day coast-to-coast route on the GR131, an island-hopping long-distance trail stretching across all seven of the Canary Islands. There are walks suitable for those of all abilities, ranging in landscape from coastal clifftops to the dramatic volcanic mountains inland. Walks venture through villages and towns, and up to the summits of the highest peaks on Gran Canaria. Each walk gives information on access (predominantly using the island's good bus services), details of places offering food and drink, and notes on the interesting features passed along the way. The book also provides lots of background information on geology, wildlife, plants and flowers as well as practical information on accommodation, currency and language.

  • Long Road from Jarrow: A journey through Britain then and now

    Long Road from Jarrow: A journey through Britain then and now
    Stuart Maconie

    The Sunday Times Bestseller'A tribute and a rallying call' – GuardianThree and half weeks. Three hundred miles. I saw roaring arterial highway and silent lanes, candlelit cathedrals and angry men in bad pubs. The Britain of 1936 was a land of beef paste sandwiches and drill halls. Now we are nation of vaping and nail salons, pulled pork and salted caramel.In the autumn of 1936, some 200 men from the Tyneside town of Jarrow marched 300 miles to London in protest against the destruction of their towns and industries. Precisely 80 years on, Stuart Maconie, walks from north to south retracing the route of the emblematic Jarrow Crusade. Travelling down the country’s spine, Maconie moves through a land that is, in some ways, very much the same as the England of the 30s with its political turbulence, austerity, north/south divide, food banks and of course, football mania. Yet in other ways, it is completely unrecognisable. Maconie visits the great cities as well as the sleepy hamlets, quiet lanes and roaring motorways. He meets those with stories to tell and whose voices build a funny, complex and entertaining tale of Britain, then and now.

  • Walking Home: My Family and Other Rambles

    Walking Home: My Family and Other Rambles
    Clare Balding

    Walking Home – Clare Balding's unmissable new book of Great British AdventuresClare Balding is on a mission to discover Britain and Ireland. She's conquered over 1,500 miles of footpaths, from the Pennine Way to the South-west Coast Path.As well as blisters and a twisted ankle, she's walked with extraordinary people – botanists, barefooted ramblers, whisky-drinking widowers…In Walking Home she shares these stories and tells of more (mis)adventures with her family and her wayward Tibetan terrier Archie. Along the way there are beguiling diversions and life-changing rambles.Finally, Clare embarks on the most important journey of all – the long walk home.

  • The Wye Valley Walk: From Chepstow to Plynlimon

    The Wye Valley Walk: From Chepstow to Plynlimon
    The Wye Valley Walk Partnership

    Official guidebook to the Wye Valley Walk. Following the River Wye for 136 miles from the mouth of the river at Chepstow to the slopes of Plynlimon in Powys, the Wye Valley offers a perfect mix of river and hill walking. Devised by the Wye Valley Walk Partnership, the walk takes up to two weeks to complete, and enjoys the superb scenery of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Illustrated with colour photographs and OS map extracts, and also includes a Wye Valley Walk passport, for walkers to collect stamps along the route for a permanent record of their journey. The Way offers a perfect mix of river and hill walking as it follows the River Wye. The walk leads through a dramatic limestone gorge, dense woodland beneath limestone crags and past peaceful river meadows in some of the most superb scenery in the heart of the Wye Valley.

  • The GR10 Trail: Through the French Pyrenees: Le Sentier Des Pyrénées

    The GR10 Trail: Through the French Pyrenees: Le Sentier Des Pyrénées
    Brian Johnson

    Guidebook to the GR10, a 955km trek across the French Pyrenees from Hendaye on the Atlantic Coast to the Mediterranean coast at Banyuls-sur-Mer. Described in 55-day stages of 7-27km, the route can be completed in its entirety, usually in around 45 days, or in shorter sections using the bus and rail links found throughout the Pyrenees. Step by step route descriptions are accompanied by 1:100,000 mapping and gradient profiles. Useful practical information is also included such as when to go, getting there and back, camping, accessing fuel and water, plus handy equipment tips and more. The easiest, oldest and most popular of the three long-distance routes that traverse the mountain range, the GR10 is well waymarked and follows good mountain paths. For many walkers, the highlight of the route is the magnificent wildflowers and associated butterflies. For others, it's the spectacular mountain terrain, while those keen on bird watching will delight in scanning the sky for the many varieties of birds of prey that can be seen in the region, from the massive Griffon vulture to the distinctly coloured Egyptian vulture.

  • Into the Wild

    Into the Wild
    Jon Krakauer

    Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild examines true story of Chris McCandless, a young man, who in 1992 walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness and whose SOS note and emaciated corpse were found four months later, internationally bestselling author Jon Krakauer explores the obsession which leads some people to explore the outer limits of self, leave civilization behind and seek enlightenment through solitude and contact with nature.A 2007 film adaptation of Into the Wild was directed by Sean Penn and starred Emile Hirsch and Kristen Stewart.

  • Walk Off Weight: Burn 3 Times More Fat with This Proven Program

    Walk Off Weight: Burn 3 Times More Fat with This Proven Program
    Michele Stanten

    Walking is America's #1 form of exercise–and with good reason. It's easy, cheap, and can be done anywhere.Prevention magazine takes fun, low-impact walking to the next level with a new 8-week program that will help you lose 3 times more weight–and keep it off.Designed by certified fitness trainer Michele Stanten, the program jump-starts weight loss with core and lowerbody strength exercises as well as special walking routines, including interval walks, which research shows burn calories twice as fast as regular walking.Women who tried the program for 8 weeks: • Lost up to 22⅔ pounds and 12¾ inches • Lowered their blood pressure and blood glucose levels • Had less back and joint pain • Improved their posture, balance, flexibility, and boosted their energyPaired with a delicious, well-balanced meal plan and easy strength-training exercises, Walk Off Weight also helps you pick out the perfect walking sneakers and gives you technique tips to increase your speed and avoid soreness or injury.

  • Wainwright: The Man Who Loved the Lakes

    Wainwright: The Man Who Loved the Lakes
    Martin Wainwright

    Wainwright: The Man Who Loved the Lakes is a celebration of the British landscape, and it tells the remarkable story of Alfred Wainwright who in 1952 decided to hand draw a series of guides to the fells of Lakeland. For the next 13 years he spent every weekend walking, and every weekday evening drawing and writing – completing one page per night. The result was Wainwright's Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells. Although initially self published they have now sold over a million copies and are still popular and much loved today. He went on to present a series of TV shows on the BBC about walking in the Lake District that made him even better known. He was an unlikely celebrity, he preferred his own company and thought walking in the countryside should be a solitary rather than group pursuit. Wainwright: The Man Who Loved the Lakes introduces him to a new generation of lovers of the countryside, features some of Wainwright's favourite walks and is lavishly illustrated, including stunning aerial shots of the Lake District.

  • Great Mountain Days in the Lake District: 50 classic routes exploring the Lakeland Fells

    Great Mountain Days in the Lake District: 50 classic routes exploring the Lakeland Fells
    Mark Richards

    An inspirational guidebook to 50 memorable walks through the high fells of the Lake District. From the favourite summits of Scafell, Bowfell, Great Gable, the Crinkle Crags, to lesser-known fells, this guide offers only the best walks to explore all that is pure Lakeland. Some of the 50 walks described in is this larger format book are well known classic challenges – such as Scafell Pike and Esk Pike, or the Gable Girdle – while others approach a favourite mountain from a new angle or combine several in a testing way. Each one can be crammed into a single, long day or backpacked over two to spend a little longer in this rugged and addictive landscape. The circular walks are all graded, making this guidebook equally suitable for less experienced walkers looking for new summits and undiscovered areas of the Lake District, as well as experienced walkers looking for a challenging day out on the fells. All routes are illustrated with Harvey maps and the author's pictorial route diagrams.

  • Lake District: Low Level and Lake Walks

    Lake District: Low Level and Lake Walks
    Vivienne Crow

    This guidebook describes 30 low-level day walks in the valleys, beside the lakes and on the low fells of the Lake District, suitable for walkers of all abilities. Each route is illustrated with OS map extracts, and range from 7 to 17km in length, with no technical difficulties over terrain from wide constructed trails to narrow paths on open fell. Walkers who know the Lakes well may have missed some of the lower gems covered here from delightful wooded glades and sparkling tarns hidden in green folds on the hillside to tumultuous waterfalls and glacier-carved valleys towered over by craggy mountains, this guidebook aims to seek out the best lower level walks the Lake District have to offer. Located across the whole of the Lake District, the walks are divided into five sections: South Lakes (Windermere, Coniston, Duddon and the south), Central Lakes (Ambleside, Langdale, Grasmere and Thirlmere), Western Valleys (Eskdale, Wasdale and the Buttermere area), North Lakes (Keswick, Borrowdale and Derwentwater) and Eastern Lakes (Ullswater and Patterdale).

  • THE BACKPACKER S HANDBOOK: Edition 3

    THE BACKPACKER’S HANDBOOK: Edition 3
    Chris Townsend

    "The most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to equipment and technique available anywhere."—Backpack (UK) This enormously practical guide includes everything from essential techniques such as map and compass work to the skills needed for more remote wilderness journeys—such as how to ford rivers safely and how to choose a route through untracked terrain. As a gear advisor, this book is unequaled. You'll find the last word on: How to choose packs and footwear—and make sure they fit What clothing to take on the trail Tents, tarps, stoves, water purifiers, and other gear GPS, cell phones, and other electronic devices And much more Now in its third edition, The Backpacker's Handbook also covers desert hiking, ultralight backpacking, and adventure trekking in distant corners of the globe. Indeed, there is little about backpacking Chris Townsend does not cover. This trusted reference will prepare you for the challenges and excitement of backpacking the wilderness. "A clear and comprehensive primer on backpacking gear. Townsend's knowledge is immense."—Sierra "Belongs in every bookcase dealing with outdoor topics. . . . Chockablock full of useful, practical, commonsense info. . . . If you tramp the outdoors, get this book."—Maine Sportsman "For those thinking of taking a backpack journey, The Backpacker's Handbook is required reading."—Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

  • The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot

    The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
    Robert Macfarlane

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERSHORTLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZEThe original bestseller from the beloved author of UNDERLAND, LANDMARKS and THE LOST WORDS – Robert Macfarlane travels Britain's ancient paths and discovers the secrets of our beautiful, underappreciated landscape'The Old Ways confirms Macfarlane's reputation as one of the most eloquent and observant of contemporary writers about nature' Scotland on Sunday'Sublime… It sets the imagination tingling, laying an irresistible trail for readers to follow' Sunday Times'Read this and it will be impossible to take an unremarkable walk again' Metro'He has a rare physical intelligence and affords total immersion in place, elements and the passage of time: wonderful' Antony Gormley'I love to read Macfarlane' Financial TimesFollowing the tracks, holloways, drove-roads and sea paths that form part of a vast ancient network of routes criss-crossing the British Isles and beyond, Robert Macfarlane discovers a lost world – a landscape of the feet and the mind, of pilgrimage and ritual, of stories and ghosts; above all of the places and journeys which inspire and inhabit our imaginations.

  • One Hundred Hill Walks in the Lake District

    One Hundred Hill Walks in the Lake District
    Jim Grindle

    This volume is a superb guide to the best walks in the Lake District, one of Britain's most popular areas for walking and climbing. Jim Grindle has brought together not only the most outstanding walks in Lakeland but also routes in tranquil places where you can escape from the crowds. Each of the one hundred walks features a specially drawn map, notes on features of historical and geographical interest, a detailed route description, full directions from the Lake District, hints on how to shorten walks and information on distances and OS grid references for starting points.

  • How To Read Water: Clues & Patterns from Puddles to the Sea

    How To Read Water: Clues & Patterns from Puddles to the Sea
    Tristan Gooley

    **From the bestselling author of THE WALKER'S GUIDE TO OUTDOOR CLUES AND SIGNS and THE NATURAL EXPLORER**A must-have book for walkers, sailors, swimmers, anglers and everyone interested in the natural world, in How To Read Water, Natural Navigator Tristan Gooley shares knowledge, skills, tips and useful observations to help you enjoy the landscape around you. A Sunday Times 'Must Read' book'A magical and inspiring quest for knowledge' – Countryside'Anyone who spends time in, on, or by, water – whether at the helm of a narrowboat or merely playing Poohsticks with grandkids – will benefit from some of the extraordinary insights in this book.' – Waterways World'Jam-packed with information, this book will fascinate sailors, fishers, birders, naturalists, hikers, and anyone interested in the natural world.' – Forbes'This study of rivers, lakes, puddles and seas brims over with astonishing facts…His observational skills can be breathtaking' The Sunday Times'This inspired guide to water in all its forms will make a big splash…Gooley has done his subject proud – this is seriously fascinating stuff.' The Times'The quirks and habits and secrets of good old H2O were crying out to have a book written about them. That said, it had to be written by the right person… Fortunately, the job went to Tristan Gooley.' The SpectatorIncludes over 700 clues, signs and patterns. You'll learn how to:Interpret ponds like a PolynesianSpot dangerous water in the pitch black with the help of a clock faceRead the sea like a VikingForecast the weather from wavesFind your way with puddlesDecipher wave patterns on beachesDecode the colour of waterUnravel a river like an expertFrom wild swimming in Sussex to wayfinding off Oman, via the icy mysteries of the Arctic, Tristan Gooley draws on his own pioneering journeys to reveal the secrets of ponds, puddles, rivers, oceans and more to show us all the skills we need to read the water around us.

  • Hillwalking: The official handbook of the Mountain Training walking schemes

    Hillwalking: The official handbook of the Mountain Training walking schemes
    Steve Long

    Hillwalking is an indispensable guide to the skills required for summer hill walking and is a major reference book for those who wish to lead groups in the UK and Ireland. It is the official handbook for Mountain Training's walking schemes. This fully updated third edition covers every aspect of walking in the hills, from clothing and equipment to access and the environment. It also covers camping, route finding and navigation, the weather, party management, hazards and risk management, and incidents and first aid. The book contains new information about access to the hills and advice for leaders working with people with disabilities. The navigation section has also been expanded to include major updates about digital mapping and GPS devices in this increasingly technological age. Written by International Mountain Guide Steve Long with contributions from staff at the National Mountaineering Centre Plas y Brenin, Hillwalking is endorsed by the British Mountaineering Council, Mountaineering Council of Scotland and Mountaineering Ireland. The publisher, Mountain Training, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and currently oversees 13 skills and leadership schemes in walking, climbing and mountaineering.

  • Short walks in the Peak District

    Short walks in the Peak District
    Collins Maps

    Recommended for colour tablets only. This ebook is not suitable for reading on black and white eink devices. All content downloaded to device, making maps and text available at all times.The Peak District, with its gentle limestone White Peak and the wilder more dramatic gritstone Dark Peak, offer some superb walking areas. This guide, produced in co-operation with the Ramblers and featuring Ordnance Survey mapping, is the perfect way to really appreciate the stunning scenery of the Peak District. INCLUDES:• 20 easy to follow walks which can be completed in 3 hours and under. • Each walk has a detailed 1:25 000 Ordnance Survey map with the route clearly marked plus a detailed description of the route. • The walks have been chosen with issues like parking and refreshments in mind to make life easy for families. • Packed with colour photographs of scenes you will see along the walk. The perfect guide for afternoon walks near to Chesterfield, Sheffield, Matlock, Buxton and Macclesfield.

  • The Green Road Into The Trees

    The Green Road Into The Trees
    Hugh Thomson

    WINNER OF THE 2014 THWAITES WAINWRIGHT PRIZEIn the past, Hugh Thomson has written acclaimed books about Peru, Mexico and the Indian Himalaya. Now he returns to the most exotic and foreign country of them all – his own. Walking right across England, along ancient trackways and green grass roads, Hugh explores the way the country was and the way it is today: the legends, literature and natural world that define us, and the undercurrent of regret running throughout our history; what he calls ‘the unicorn disappearing into the trees’.From coast-to-coast and through the heart of the countryside, he shows how older,forgotten cultures like the Celts, Saxons and Vikings lie much closer to the surface than we may think. It is a journey enriched and partly told by the characters he meets along the way. By taking it, Hugh casts unexpected light – and humour – on the way we live now.

  • Walking on Tenerife: Edition 2

    Walking on Tenerife: Edition 2
    Paddy Dillon

    This guidebook to 45 day walks and treks on Tenerife in the Canary islands explores the coast and mountains of Tenerife with walks ranging between 4 and 32km, with short, easy strolls suitable for walkers of all abilities, to long and challenging routes. Detailed route descriptions are illustrated with the author's own clear contour mapping and colour photographs. This guide is one of a five-part series of guides to the walking on the Canary Islands. Tenerife, as a popular winter sun destination, provides a fascinating and varied landscape for walkers to explore, including the Tenerife section of the long-distance GR131 which links all the Canaries. The guide is split into seven sections – Anaga, Teno, Arona/Guía, Valle de la Orotava, Parque Nacional and El Teide – covering all the best walking to be had on the island, including the rugged 'Three Peaks of Tenerife' route, climbing Guajara, Pico Viejo and finally El Teide. Walks also explore the Parque Nacional del Teide, Las Cañadas, Corona Forestal, Teno and an ascent of El Teide itself, Spain's highest mountain. Alongside the 45 routes in this guide, are essential practical details on travel to and around Tenerife, as well as advice on accommodation and preparation, as well as information on the history, geology and culture of the largest of the Canary Islands.

  • Navigation in the Mountains: The definitive guide for Hill Walkers, Mountaineers & Leaders The official navigation book for all Mountain Training schemes

    Navigation in the Mountains: The definitive guide for Hill Walkers, Mountaineers & Leaders The official navigation book for all Mountain Training schemes
    Carlo Forte

    Navigation in the Mountains – The Definitive Guide for Hill Walkers, Mountaineers & Leaders is the official navigation book for all Mountain Training schemes. Packed with essential information and techniques, this handbook is split into sections including: all aspects of mountain navigation; the additional techniques required in winter; adaptations in navigation techniques for use overseas; the use of GPS; digital mapping; and the teaching of navigation. This book is the reference tool for all walkers who wish to maintain or improve their navigation techniques as well as containing specific ideas for anyone wanting to help teach and lead others. Its functional design with easy reference colour coded pages, striking illustrations that complement the text and inspiring photographs make this book an indispensable guide. It is the fourth in a series of manuals and has been written and compiled by Carlo Forte, the Chief Instructor at the National Mountain Centre, Plas y Brenin, and it is published by Mountain Training UK.

  • A Zoo in My Luggage

    A Zoo in My Luggage
    Gerald Durrell

    The true and hilarious story of how Gerald Durrell and his wife set up their own zoo. Journeying to the Cameroons, he and his wife, helped by the renowned Fon of Bafut, managed to collect 'plenty beef.' Their difficulties began when they found themselves back at home, with Cholmondely the chimpanzee, Bug-Eye the bush-baby, and other founder members… and nowhere to put them

  • The Comeragh, Galtee, Knockmealdown & Slieve Bloom Mountains: A Walking Guide

    The Comeragh, Galtee, Knockmealdown & Slieve Bloom Mountains: A Walking Guide
    John G. O’Dwyer

    John G. O’Dwyer’s comprehensive guide to the best walks in Tipperary and Waterford has now been updated and expanded to include Laois and Offaly. From the rugged Comeragh coums to the stately peaks of the Galtees, and from myth-laden Slievenamon to the sequestered glens of the popular Slieve Bloom Mountains, there are walks to suit all tastes in these uplands. The most captivating outings the region has to offer are shared here, along with all the necessary practical information such as maps, directions, the degree of difficulty and estimated duration. But this is more than just a walking guide. Each route gets beneath the skin of this ancient landscape littered with historic artifacts. A booley on a hillside tells how the uplands contributed to human survival; a working farmstead demonstrates the continuation of this tradition; a ruined cottage confirms a battle lost. This guidebook will appeal to committed hillwalkers and casual ramblers alike, as well as containing much of interest to anyone who wishes to better understand the age-old interaction between humans and hills.

  • Walking in the Wye Valley

    Walking in the Wye Valley
    Mike Dunn

    This guidebook includes 30 day walks set across the valley of the Wye river, the fourth-largest river in England and Wales, and certainly the most scenic. The circular walks are centred around Chepstow, Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, Hay-on-Wye, Builth Wells and Rhayader. Every route description is accompanied by an annotated OS map, and range in length between 3 and 9 miles. The walks explore limestone gorges and soaring moorlands, ancient routes, border castles and Tintern Abbey. Practical details such as the amount of ascent and timings information are included for every walk, as are details on public transport and parking facilities. Other useful information on the river's history, geology and wildlife ensure that this is an ideal companion to exploring the impressive range of walking the Wye Valley offers.

  • Eastern Horizons: Shortlisted for the 2018 Edward Stanford Award

    Eastern Horizons: Shortlisted for the 2018 Edward Stanford Award
    Levison Wood

    Levison Wood was only 22 when he decided to hitch-hike from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but he wasn't the conventional follower of the hippy trail. A fascination with the deeds of the early explorers, a history degree in the bag, an army career already planned and a shoestring budget of £750 – including for the flight home – he was determined to find out more about the countries of the Caucasus and beyond – and meet the people who lived and worked there.EASTERN HORIZONS is a true traveller's tale in the tradition of the best of the genre, populated by a cast of eccentric characters; from mujahideen fighters to the Russian mafia. Along the way he meets some people who showed great hospitality, while others would rather have murdered him…

  • The GR11 Trail: The Traverse of the Spanish Pyrenees - La Senda Pirenaica, Edition 6

    The GR11 Trail: The Traverse of the Spanish Pyrenees – La Senda Pirenaica, Edition 6
    Brian Johnson

    The GR11 trail (La Senda Pirenaica) is a glorious 820km traverse of the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean on the Spanish side of the border with France, taking about 47 days to walk. Although it's a serious challenge for experienced hikers the route is less demanding than the higher-level HRP, sunnier and wilder than the GR10 which runs along the French side, and well waymarked throughout with regular opportunities to find accommodation and stock up your supplies. The guidebook presents the route in 47 stages of 8-31km and provides everything trekkers will need to take up the challenge – detailed route description, excellent photographs, lots of background information and unique custom-produced maps.. Also included are bad weather options – although the weather is often good along this route – detours to find accommodation at some points, and advice on where to stay, supplies, language and logistics, as well as a glossary including Aragon, Basque and Catalan words, to help you find your way.

  • Via Ferratas of the Italian Dolomites: Vol 2: Southern Dolomites, Brenta and Lake Garda

    Via Ferratas of the Italian Dolomites: Vol 2: Southern Dolomites, Brenta and Lake Garda
    Graham Fletcher

    Guidebook to the via ferrata routes of the southern Italian Dolomites. This guide covers via ferrata routes in the major mountain ranges of Civetta, Schiara and Pala as well as those to the west in the Brenta. A significant addition (and, as far as we are aware, not previously published in any English language guidebook) is the inclusion of routes around the northern end of Lake Garda and the Piccole Dolomites north of Vicenza. Here the mountains are generally lower and you can enjoy ferrata climbing over a much extended season, with some routes accessible for most of the year. This is the second in a series of two guidebooks to the via ferratas of the Italian Dolomites. (Volume One covers the eastern, northern and central areas of the Dolomites, while Volume Two completes the picture, focusing on the southern, Brenta and Lake Garda areas.)

  • Scrambles in the Lake District - South: Edition 2

    Scrambles in the Lake District – South: Edition 2
    Brian Evans

    This guidebook describes 126 gill and crag scrambling routes in the north of the Lake District, with sections covering Langdale, Easedale, Coniston, Duddon Valley, Howgills, Eskdale, Longsleddale and Kentmere. Each route is graded from Grade 1 straightforward scrambling, through Grades 2 to 4, where the use of a rope is recommended. In addition, a star system (1 to 3 stars) highlights the best routes. The guidebook includes classic routes such as Ill Crag, Eskdale; Jack's Rake on Pavey Ark; Thor's Butress, Eskdale; Esk Gorge; and Raven Crag, Yewdale. Each section includes a map showing the location of the scrambles, and routes are accompanied by information on the best approach, along with a sketch diagram of the crag and the route line. The book includes invaluable of advice on equipment, safety, rope techniques, and scrambling techniques, as well as notes on access and conservation. The Lake District's rich mix of rocks, gills and crags offers the scrambler a complex variety of routes, often well removed from the beaten track.

  • The Munros and Tops: A Record-Setting Walk in the Scottish Highlands

    The Munros and Tops: A Record-Setting Walk in the Scottish Highlands
    Chris Townsend

    When Chris Townsend reached the summit of Ben Hope in Sutherland, he walked his way into the record books. After 118 days in which he had covered more than 1,700 miles and climber over 575,000 feet, he had completed the first single continuous journey of all 277 Munros and 240 Tops in the Scottish Highlands.This is the story of that remarkable walk from the start on Ben More on the Isle of Mull through to the finish, the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest 18 times. For the author, the real enjoyment of the walk was not in counting up the summits or the miles but in spending week after week in the hills and living in the wilds. In THE MUNROS AND TOPS, Chris Townsend recalls the joys of observing the birds and animals, the trees and flowers, the changing shapes of the hills and the play of light on their slopes. He writes about the complexities of route-finding and the challenge of rugged terrain and of coping with often atrocious weather conditions. Illustrated with photographs taken during the walk, this is a stirring account of a unique achievement.

  • Walking in the Yorkshire Dales: North and East: Howgills, Mallerstang, Swaledale, Wensleydale, Coverdale and Nidderdale, Edition 2

    Walking in the Yorkshire Dales: North and East: Howgills, Mallerstang, Swaledale, Wensleydale, Coverdale and Nidderdale, Edition 2
    Dennis Kelsall

    Walking in the Yorkshire Dales describes 43 day walks ranging from 3-mile strolls to full-day adventures in the northern and eastern Yorkshire Dales. Step by step route directions include lots of information about the area, and each walk is illustrated with clear OS mapping and vibrant photographs. Few areas in England are as appealing as the Yorkshire Dales and this volume provides you with a comprehensive walking guide to the region. From Pateley Bridge and Aysgarth in the East to Kirkby Stephen and Richmond in the north, including the Howgills, Ninnerdale, Swaledale and Mallerstang, the north and eastern regions of the Yorkshire Dales are full of wild, rugged fell tops carved by limestone crags, deep scooped-out dales with lonely farms far from villages, the ruins of medieval castles as well as the warm bustle of Dales villages and good pubs. The Howgills north of Sedburgh have a different look, with their wide domes, steep sides and long miles of grassy ridges.