Outdoor Activities & Pursuits Books

  • SASS
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    The Ultimate SAS Survival Handbook is the definitive, full-colour companion for adventurers everywhere.

    From making camp and finding food in the wild to security and self-defence on the streets, the advice in this essential book will help you prepare for any situation.
  • FGBW
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    52 Great British Weekends celebrates the diverse range of events, attractions and activities that are on offer throughout England, Wales and Scotland.

    From walks in the woods to ice skating and skiing, there's something for every season. This book also showcases historic sites, man-made attractions and natural beauty spots.

    This book also contains a calendar of Britain's seasonal highlights and offers recommendations of places to stay and eat.
  • TOMF
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    This inspiring book, written by television presenter Kate Humble, tells the story of her rambling year by shining a light on the benefits of simply walking.

    This book follows Kate's narrative where she records her walks and runs throughout a single year whilst charting her feelings and impressions throughout. Kate shares her experiences and explains how they have helped her to solve problems, lift moods and generate ideas.

    In a bid to inspire readers to take on the activity, Kate explores the reasons why we walk and whether we use it for creative energy, a challenge, pleasure or as a form of therapy.
  • FWBB
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    Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities and the Brecon Beacons & South Wales is one of the UK's most beautiful areas to enjoy doing it. With the AA's 50 Walks in Brecon Beacons & South Wales, you can combine the two!

    Designed to help you discover the areas at their finest, the book features a variety of mapped walks to suit all abilities. With all the practical detail you need including information on the distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, type of surface and landscape, there is also background reading on the history and wildlife of each area.

    Local points of interest are also featured, making this a handy guide if you're ever heading on a walking holiday to beautiful south Wales!
  • AA 50 Walks in Devon - Paperback - 9780749574819 - AA Publishing
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    Featuring a variety of mapped walks to suit every level of ability, AA 50 Walks: Devon is the must-own guide for hikers and ramblers - or even those looking to begin their quest into one of Britain's favourite leisure activities.

    Accompanied by fascinating history, detailed information on the area's wildlife and annotations for local points of interest, the book summarises every walk - with need-to-know specifics such as distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, types of surface, access, dog friendliness and much more...

    Produced in association with the AA, the book is a practical guide to the nation's most stunning natural landscape, filled with detailed information from the experts you can trust.
  • AA 50 Walks in Sussex & South Downs - Paperback - 9780749574871 - AA Publishing
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    Featuring a variety of mapped walks to suit every level of ability, AA 50 Walks: Sussex is the must-own guide for hikers and ramblers of the south-east and home counties - or even those looking to begin their quest into one of Britain's favourite leisure activities.

    Accompanied by fascinating history, detailed information on the area's wildlife and annotations for local points of interest, the book summarises every walk - with need-to-know specifics such as distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, types of surface, access, dog friendliness and much more...

    Produced in association with the AA, the book is a practical guide to the nation's most stunning natural landscape, filled with detailed information from the experts you can trust.
  • AA 50 Walks in Dorset - Paperback - 9780749574000 - AA Publishing
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    Containing detailed information on walk gradients, distances, levels of difficulty, ease of access, surfaces and a lot more, 50 Walks in West Yorkshire is a comprehensive guide for one of Britain's most-loved hobbies.

    Detailing routes and trails to suit all levels of ability, and accompanied by fascinating insight into each area's wildlife, history and even dog-friendliness, this guide will make the ideal companion for the budding nature enthusiast and keen rambler.

    With walks from 2 to 10 miles, this easy-to-follow guide provides all of the knowledge the walking enthusiast will ever need to pop on their walking boots and enjoy a wander through beautiful West Yorkshire.
  • ALMN
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    If you want to connect with the seasons through gardening, foraging and even picking flowers, The Almanac 2018 is the book for you. It's a practical, historical and contemplative guide to nature's offering every month of the year.

    Inspired by the rural almanac, this book is written by award-winning gardener and food-writer Lia Leendertz and is packed with advice on the tools and inspiration you'll need.

    Lia also shares her favourite recipes using seasonal ingredients as well as covering all the key phenomena of the universe including festivities, lunar eclipses and sunrise and sunset times.
  • LNCC
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    With over 40 routes chosen by the capital's cycling experts, this book will show you the best ways of exploring London by bike.

    The comprehensive guide is packed with practical advice and detailed route maps and even offers tips on using London's self-service public bike-sharing scheme (or 'Boris bikes', as they used to be known...).

    Fully up to date, this book has full-colour photographs to capture the beauty of each ride. From the banks of the Thames to Camden and Soho and lots of landmarks, this book will help you discover them all on two wheels.
  • DDVE
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    Alex Gregory, a two-time Olympic gold medallist rower and dedicated dad, shares some of his favourite things to do with the kids in this inspiring book.

    From after-school adventures to marvellous memories, his ideas will help you enjoy some quality family time. From working on homework up a tree to building an ancient bridge, this is a practical and easy guide for all ages.

    There are different ideas for different time slots, so you'll always have something to do - whether you only have half an hour to spare or are itching for an overnight experience.

    Get ready for the Dadventure of a lifetime!
  • Where to Go When: Great Britain & Ireland - Hardback - 9780241331613
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    Explore the beauty of Great Britain and Ireland with this informative book from DK Eyewitness Travel. It shares the best places to visit - and when you should go to make the most of them.

    From family seaside breaks to walks and hikes in the country, this big hardback is packed with all the details you need, while the awe-inspiring photography will give extra insight into what you can expect from these sites and attractions.

    This book also has regional listings and practical advice on local transport, hotel and restaurant options. It's perfect for when you want to plan your next staycation, trip away or feel like discovering some more of the British Isles' hidden secrets.
  • THLO
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    Get fit for 2018 with this guide to tackling your first triathlon. It covers all three elements - swimming, cycling and running - of the sport and explains why this event captures the imagination of so many people.

    Beginning with the basics, author Dominic Bliss looks over the history of the sport and discusses what it takes to compete in a race. He then talks about training, offering plans that will help you improve your time and advice on diets, swimming techniques and staying aerodynamic on a bike.

    After this, he looks at the equipment you'll need and then talks about the day of the race - all the way from pre-race nutrition to post-race warm-down and recovery.
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    BBC nature presenter Simon King presents the ultimate guide to watching British wildlife in NatureWatch, a book that is perfect for anyone who wants to find mammals, birds, mini-beasts, amphibians and more.

    If you love exploring the countryside, this book will show you exactly where to look to spot wild animals in their natural habitats. Simon will teach you how to use your eyes and ears to find and follow creatures and identify tracks and signs that will lead you closer to them (without disturbing them).

    More than just a nature handbook, Simon offers up his insider knowledge to get closer to the wild, describes the essential kit you need to get started and also provides photography tips.
  • APJYB
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    The ultimate guide to survival, this edition now includes the most essential urban survival tips for today, supplementing the fully updated original, bestselling handbook. The original and best survival guide for any situation in every climate is back. Now with added techniques for handling Urban dangers, the SAS Survival Handbook is the complete companion for adventurers everywhere. From making camp and finding food in the wild to security and self-defence in the streets, be prepared in any city, land or sea. SAS legend John 'Lofty' Wiseman's unrivalled multi-million copy bestseller will teach you: Preparation - Understanding and assembling latest, most resilient, kit. Navigation - Skills, technologies and techniques to get you through unfamiliar terrain. Food and Health - Finding resources in your environment, feeding yourself, healing yourself and avoiding disease. Urban Safety and Security - Recognising dangerous situations, defending yourself and saving others. Disaster Survival - Dealing with unstable environmental conditions: what to do in the face of flash flooding or fast-spreading fire.
  • BRVLY
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    The Continental Divide Trail presents the full glory of this challenging trail in breath-taking images, ephemera, and maps. While untold thousands of day hikers take advantage of the CDT each year, thru-hiking the entire trail is not for the faint-hearted. In 2017, only 250 people will attempt to hike it end to end. The Continental Divide Trail is perfect for anyone interested in conservation, outdoor recreation, or American history, or for those who dream of one day becoming thru-hikers themselves. This is the first large-format book published in conjunction with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, and the breath-taking photographs make you feel as if you were on the trail. The book includes maps and rarely seen archival images, as well as a written backstory of this great trail. This photo- and information-packed book is a must-have for anyone who has ever caught the magic of the nation s rooftop, the Great Divide. It s an inspirational bucket list for everyone who wants to get outdoors day hiker, backpacker, fisherman, hunter, and those rare souls thru-hikers who dare to attempt hiking it all in one go. With text by Barney Mann, who has thru-hiked all three Triple Crown trails, and a foreword by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, this book makes the trail come alive for both veteran hikers and armchair travellers alike.
  • ATLZK
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    Accompany woodsman Ben Law as he celebrates the amazing diversity of craft products made from materials sourced directly from the woods. Including brooms, rakes, pegs, spoons, chairs, baskets, fencing, yurts and even a caravan, the items are hewn from freshly cut green wood, shaped by hand and infused with a simple, rustic beauty. Detailed instructions and advice are given for each craft, along with essential knowledge about tools and devices. With fascinating information on the history, language and traditions of the crafts, coppice management and tree species, this book teaches about all aspects of the low-impact woodland way of life.
  • AZOYS
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    Illustrated with rare and exclusive images from the official company archives, an authoritative and entertaining guide to the wildly popular, beautifully designed luxury recreational vehicle that has become a cultural icon, embodying the American spirit of freedom and adventure-and the ideal in mobile living. With its distinctive silver-bullet shaped profile, the Airstream has been an integral part of the American recreational landscape for more than eighty-five years. Since the 1930s, thousands of Americans have used it as a personal canvas to paint their own unique story as they've traveled the road of life, and today, these stunning, nostalgia-laden vehicles are more popular than ever. In Living the Airstream Life, Karen Flett tells the unique story of the designers who have transformed the brand into a mainstay of American life and the dreamers who have found their home, and their heart, in an Airstream. Living the Airstream Life is a tour along the diverse roads aficionados have taken in chasing their Airstream dreams. Stunning color photographs featuring new and vintage versions and compelling stories capture the allure of the Airstream and offer advice and insight on the practicalities of adopting this lifestyle. With spectacular photography and compelling stories, Living the Airstream Life offers inspiration for those actively pursing the dream of life on the road-whether for permanent living or as a temporary escape from the daily grind-and everyone who wants to live vicariously through those who dare.
  • BEGMT
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    The Alps rank high among the world's foremost destinations for canyoning. This book brings together all the most celebrated descents in the Alpine regions of northern Italy and Ticino in Switzerland, including classic limestone canyons and superb granite-gneiss water sculptures. Divided into five areas, the descents described in the guide present a huge variety of terrain, rock and styles of canyoning. Route difficulty is split into seven grades, from easier canyons suited to beginners, through to the strongest aquatic and technical challenges, which demand experienced rope skills, physical fitness and a calm head for high water. The guide provides comprehensive background information on equipment, hazards and techniques, as well as details of Alpine geology and the history of canyon exploration. The book also features additional nearby routes in Austria, Slovenia and in the Valais Alps, as well as the climbing, via ferrata and walking options in the surrounding hills and mountains.
  • BGYYX
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    This book is a resource covering the finest walks, treks and climbs to be found in Scotland, written by an award-winning author. From the rolling hills of the Southern Uplands to the great granite plateaus of the Cairngorms to the jagged peaks of Torridon and the Cuillin hills on the Isle of Skye, Scotland has a rich variety of wild landscapes and terrain that is perfect for many activities. Scotland's lochs, forests and rivers offer spectacular scenery and a tranquility that visitors embrace time and time again. Author Chris Townsend was the first person to complete a continuous round of all the Scottish Munros and Tops. He has also walked across the Scottish mountains from coast to coast 14 times, and has served as the President of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. With superb photography and an exceptional level of detail throughout, this book is an ideal all-embracing guide for the mountain adventurer.
  • BDBDF
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    Perhaps this book should come with a warning to parents: within these pages, children deliberately scare each other, ritually hurt each other, take foolish risks, promote fights, and play ten against one. And yet throughout, they consistently observe their own sense of fair play. 'During the past fifty years, shelf-loads of books have been written instructing children in the games they ought to play -- and some even instructing adults on how to instruct children in the games they ought to play -- but few attempts have been made to record the games children in fact play.' This was Iona and Peter Opie's pertinent observation in 1969, and it was this gap that they sought to fill with their exhaustive survey, through the 1960s, of the games that children 'in fact play' aged roughly between six and twelve years of age, and when outdoors -- and usually out of sight. The Opies weren't interested in formal games and sports supervised by parents or teachers. What excited them were the rough-and-tumble games for which, as one child described, 'nothing is needed but the players themselves.' They were also anxious that, in their meticulous recording of the games, the spirit of the play, the zest, variety and disorderliness, should not be lost. The result was their classic work Children's Games in Street and Playground. It records games played in the street, park, playground and wasteland of more than 10,000 children from the Shetland Isles to the Channel Islands, although the majority of the information comes from children living in big cities such as London, Liverpool, Bristol and Glasgow. It focuses initially on starting a game, and games involving chasing, catching and seeking, and includes favourites such as The Dreaded Lurgi, What's the Time Mr Wolf, Stuck in the Mud, and British Bulldog. The book goes on to look at games involving seeking, hunting, racing, duelling, exerting, daring, guessing, acting and pretending. In all around 125 games are described in detail including the rhymes and sayings children repeat while playing them, together with the different names under which they are played. Brief historical notes are also included where relevant. The children of the 1960s, the Opies noted, are often thought 'to be incapable of self-organization, and to have become addicted to spectator amusements' to the extent that adults must be relied on to provide play materials, ideas and time to play with them. The same attitudes are still widespread today with our concerns about television and computer games, and the middle-class parental impulse to fill our children's days with organised classes and play dates. 'However much children may need looking after, they are also people going about their own business within their own society.' There are important lessons to be learned from this book about giving children the time and physical space to be themselves with other children.
  • BDLLN
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    The Swiss Alps are home to the highest and most spectacular mountains in Western Europe, beloved not only of mountaineers, from the earliest days of alpinism to the present day, but also those content simply to gaze and wonder. This unique resource for the climber, walker, trekker and ski mountaineer, the latest volume in Cicerone's World Mountain Ranges series, describes each mountain area throughout Switzerland - the peaks, passes, valleys and bases - to help readers identify the best destinations for their chosen mountain activity. Lavishly illustrated throughout, and with scores of expertly drawn maps, this is the essential guide for all active visitors to one of Europe's most mountainous, and beautiful, countries. Includes descriptions of all the Swiss Alps, area-by-area from the Chablais Alps in the south west to the Silvretta in the north east, with classic walks and climbs identified, alongside outlines of all the major hut-to-hut trekking routes. Full information on maps, guides and accommodation is provided, pinpointing all the mountain huts in the area.
  • BSXPJ
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    Following in the footsteps of great explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, Arabia is Levison Wood's account of his most complex expedition yet: circumnavigating the Arabian Peninsula. Travelling through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, he seeks to challenge our perceptions of an often misunderstood part of the world, seeing how the region has changed and examining the stories we don't often hear about in the media.
  • BRNKL
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    With stories of 50 incredible hiking routes in 30 countries, from New Zealand to Peru, plus a further 150 suggestions, Lonely Planet's Epic Hikes of the World will inspire a lifetime of adventure on foot. From one-day jaunts and urban trails to month-long thru-hikes, cultural rambles and mountain expeditions, each journey shares one defining feature: being truly epic. In this follow-up to Epic Bike Rides and Epic Drives, we share our adventures on the world's best treks and trails. Epic Hikes is organised by continent, with each route brought to life by a first-person account, beautiful photographs and charming illustrated maps. Additionally, each hike includes trip planning advice on how to get there, where to stay, what to pack and where to eat, as well as recommendations for three similar hikes in other regions of the world. Hikes featured include: Africa & the Middle East: Cape Town's Three Peaks (South Africa) Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) Camp to Camp in South Luangwa National Park (Zambia) Americas: Angel's Landing, Zion National Park (USA) Skyline Trail, Jasper National Park (Canada) Concepcion volcano hike (Nicaragua) Asia: 88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku Pilgrimage (Japan) Markha Valley (India) Gubeikou to Jinshanling on the Great Wall (China) Europe: Wordsworth's Backyard: Dove Cottage and around Rydal and Grasmere (UK) Alpine Pass Route (Switzerland) Camino de Santiago (Spain) Oceania: Sydney's Seven Bridges Walk (Australia) The Routeburn Track (New Zealand) Kokoda Track (Papua New Guinea) About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, on mobile, video and in 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.
  • BRGQY
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    Trekking Beyond takes you on a journey through the snow-capped peaks of the world's mountains, the sandy dunes of our deserts and along the impressive coastal paths in a beautiful celebration of our world's most impressive, challenging and beautiful treks. Vivid essays introduce the world's best trekking regions - from the Himalayas to the Andes, Singalila Ridge to the Bibbulmun Track - exploring the challenges of walking these paths, the history of their formation and the sense of exploration and wonder to be found along these distinctive routes. Each route is accompanied by stunning photography, showcasing the variety of terrains and their magnificent vistas. Each region includes: * Case studies that detail specific treks * Maps of the region in full * Expertise from renowned trekkers World-renowned trekkers and outdoor adventure writers, Damian Hall, Dave Costello and Billi Bierling, bring their knowledge and expertise to each region.