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Travel Books & Guides

  • The Good Pub Guide - Paperback - 9781785036194 - Fiona Stapley
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    Fiona Stapley
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    The 36th edition of The Good Pub Guide is better than ever before. It provides a comprehensive, county-by-county rundown of the best pubs in the country.

    From traditional pubs in the country to town centre inns and riverside retreats, this is an essential reference for anyone who loves to sample the local ales and delights of our country. It also highlights the best gastro pubs and those that specialise in malt whisky and craft beer.

    Author Fiona Stapley recommends the best pubs for beer, food and accommodation in each county and unveils the prestigious winners of both the Pub of the Year and Landlord of the Year awards
  • GRDT
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    Part-travel companion, part factually dubious encyclopedia and part scrapbook of a travelling circus, this The Grand Tour book offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show.

    Inspired by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May's travels filming the show, it's full of not-entirely serious guides to the countries they visited and also has them offering hints and tips on packing, passing through airports and breaking the language barrier.

    As well as the three presenters' unique takes on all the places they have visited, there are plenty of facts about cars for petrolheads to pore over.
  • NWNW
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    With a foreword by Chris Packham, this awe-inspiring hardback will delight nature lovers with its continent-by-continent journey around the Earth's most beautiful landscapes.

    It will help you draw up your bucket list and combines landscape photography with 3D terrain models and other explanatory artwork that will show you what lies beneath the surface and how certain geographical features are formed.

    Among the places you'll be able to learn all about are the Amazon River in South America, the Himalayas in Asia and the Ninety Mile Beach in Australia. There's even a focus on the plants and animals that inhabit these environments, making this an accessible guide to Earth's geological processes and features.
  • VANL
    Foster Huntington
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    Foster Huntingdon is the 'vandweller' who created the #vanlife hashtag. After sharing many photographs of his adventures while travelling the country living in his van, he found there was a whole community of like-minded individuals who love exploring nature at their own pace.

    This book is packed with crowd-sourced photographs of beaches, forests and rocky mountains (many of which have never been seen before) that Foster has taken on his travels and will inspire you to ditch the conventional way of life and enjoy the freedom and adventure of life on the road.
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    Simon Jenkins
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    Simon Jenkins, the author of Britain's 1000 Best Churches, turns his attention to railways in this rail-ly good book. He's travelled all over the country to select the best ones and talks about them with insight and authority.

    Simon is the founder of the Railway Heritage Trust and his passion is second to none. He reveals each station's history, geography, design and significance and how they have impacted on social history.

    Railways are a place where people come, go, meet, greet and part. They're also a long-neglected aspect of Britain's architecture and this beautifully illustrated book celebrates the engineers, architects and companies that have built them.
  • JRNY
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    All the way from Ancient Persian couriers to the invention of Concorde and journeys into space, this coffee table book provides an illustrated account of human's greatest journeys.

    With a foreword by Simon Reeve, it's a fantastic book for every armchair historian and reveals how journeys range from manners of impulse to migration and hunts for food. It even focuses on quests for adventure and pilgrimages made out of scientific curiosity.

    Covering all of humanity's most famous, significant and thrilling journeys, this book has biographies of conquerers, explores and travellers.
  • WGBI
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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.
  • WLDB
    David Scarfe
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    Run, jump, craft, cook and wander with the help of the practical activities featured in The Wild Book. It shows how adventure can be closer than you think...

    From a homemade tree swing to your very own slip-n-slide and even cooking your own meals, this is a celebration of the natural world and the fun things you can do with it.

    Whether you want to reconnect with the great outdoors, are fed up of staring at a screen or fancy a night sleeping under the stars, the ideas and advice in this beautifully illustrated book are inspiring.
  • CRTR
    Sam Jordison
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    Ten years after it first lifted the lid on Britain's best Crap Towns, Crap Towns Returns showcases the latest planning disasters, urban blights and posh blighters that have disfigured our nation.

    With tongue firmly in cheek, Sam Jordison and Dan Kieran turn their attentions to the likes of Thetford, where throwing cucumbers at pedestrians is acceptable; Southampton, where people casually smoke drugs on public transport; and Bacup, the town which long claimed to have the shortest street in Britain but recently lost the title to a shorter street in Wick. After hearing this, the locals furiously complained that their rival's street was only 'a corner'... A very funny read.
  • UNSL
    Peter Dazeley
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    Acclaimed photographer Peter Dazeley has gained access to the hidden interiors of 50 of London's most iconic buildings and showcases them all in this stunning book.

    Accompanied by Mark Daly's concise, thoughtful and informative text, among the buildings you can look inside are the royal palaces of Hampton Court, the Tower of London and the Supreme Court. Some of the relics and structures are derelict, but many are still working. What's for certain is they're all extraordinary.

    This beautiful book explains how each place was created, how they are used and what each ones reveals about the currents of power that flow through the city. You can find out all about the boiler room of London's infrastructure and peek inside everywhere from the changing rooms of the top sports stadiums to the heart of the establishment.
  • FDES
    D. Brown
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    Have you planned your next trip away? This book has all the inspiration and information you'll need, wherever you're planning on going.

    Covering 501 of the world's finest destinations - from Sydney Harbour to the Taj Mahal and the Matobo National Park to the Bay of Fundy in Canada - it explains all about the cities' landscapes, cultures and points of interest.

    Every city is accompanied by a jaw-dropping photograph and detailed description.
  • Lakeland Fells Collection - 7 Books - Collection - 9780711234925 - Alfred Wainwright
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    Alfred Wainwright
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    A beautiful anniversary edition of all seven of the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells by the fell-walking legend A. Wainwright.

    The pages have been freshly reproduced from the original artwork and then printed and bound to match the first-edition books as closely as possible. Completely unabridged and unedited, the maps and text are just how Wainwright wrote them.

    There simply is nothing quite like Wainwright's guides, and having been treasured by generations of keen walkers, this set makes a wonderful gift for a new enthusiast. Perfect for walkers and lovers of the Lakeland Fells, as well as those who simply love stunningly presented books.
  • Tiny Islands - Hardback - 9780749574468 - Dixe Wills
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    Dixe Wills
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    Not only is Britain an island, but it also rejoices in hundreds of islands of its own and Dixe Wills' Tiny Islands: 60 Remarkable Little Worlds Around Britain is a book that celebrates them.

    From islands off the coast to those that are situated in lakes, lochs and rivers, each one is accessible to the public and they all have a captivating story to tell.

    With over 60 islands from in and around Britain featured throughout the hardback, each with its own hand-drawn map, there are a number of descriptions, reviews, maps and photographs to pore over.
  • SMLT
    Chris Arnot
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    Eccentricity enthusiast Chris Arnot's incredible and informative book provides an exploration of the joys and idiosyncrasies of Britain's one-off narrow-gauge railway lines.

    He talks about a miniature railway on the Kent coast that was once used for Home Guard military trains during World War II and is now a school commute for dozens of children; the UK's only Alpine-style rack-and-pinion railway that scales one of Britain's highest mountains (Snowdon); and even five different gauges of railway that circle one man's landscaped garden.

    Chris explains why narrow-gauge railways are so revered and talks about their various roles in preservation, volunteerism, tourism and local history. He also explores why they draw such enthusiasm from so many.
  • The National Trust Book of the Coast - Hardback - 9781909881372 - Clare Gogerty
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    Clare Gogerty
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    If you or someone you know loves the Britain's stunning coastlines and costal towns, this beautiful hardback book from the National Trust will take on exhilarating walks, introduce you to wildlife and provide you with fascinating historical insight to one of our most wonderful natural treasures.

    From the Gower Peninsula to the coves of Cornwall and the white cliffs of Dover, the book looks at our most picturesque and important costal areas and celebrates them by presenting readers with stunning photographs and things to do in the area when you visit.

    With a foreword from celebrity chef and TV presenter Rick Stein, The National Trust Book of the Coast is all you need to make the most of the fascinating, life-enriching coastline of the British Isles.
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    Times Atlases
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    A stunning book that comes in a protective slipcase, this fully revised and updated edition of The Times: Concise Atlas of the World provides beautiful and comprehensive reference mapping for countries across the world.

    The atlas covers all the most important geographical issues we face and the populations of the major cities are also included. Historical maps show the political make-up of the world over the past 150 years and there are also plans for 41 of the world's major cities.

    The expanded satellite imagery section contains overview images of each continent, and they're all complemented by further detailed images. A wonderful addition to any household, the reference book helps you explore the world without even having to leave your armchair.
  • SCTB
    Peter Irvine
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    Peter Irvine provides a quirky, personalised and informed overview of the great nation of Scotland in this insider's guide.

    Whether you live in Scotland or are planning a visit, this guide will prove essential. It reveals the best places to stay for all budgets, the best hill walks and beaches, the best spooky places and perhaps most importantly of all, the best places you can find ice cream.

    This is the 12th edition of the book and has been fully updated to show you the best things that Scotland has to offer right now.
  • AG1085
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    This Philip's Road Atlas is the perfect size for keeping in your car and has large-scale, clear mapping (3 1/2 miles to 1 inch) to help you find your way to wherever you want to go.

    Covering the nation in detail, it's easy to read and will become an essential when you're planning your next trip away or heading off to somewhere you've never visited before...
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    Alastair Sawday
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    Campaigner, publisher and wanderer Alastair Sawday has spent his life travelling all around the world and in this book he celebrates the joys of slow travel. His musings will inspire you to take a breath and embrace all the beauty that surrounds you on your next trip away.

    This travelogue finds Alastair looking back on his own travels and recalling stories from those who have travelled to provide ruminations and reflections about people, places and ideas. He contemplates how much slow journeying adds to the appeal of France profonde, the darker side of Sicily and even the woodland, flora, fauna, views and silence of rural Britain.

    This is the perfect book for armchair travellers who haven't climbed mountains, swam in rivers and don't really change, but are eager to understand our world and its infinite variety of joys.
  • AA National Parks of Britain - Hardback - 9780749576967
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    From Dartmoor to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, this book will help you discover the beauty of Britain's national parks. Published by the AA, it also has detailed maps of each park for you to pore over and plan your next trip.

    Very much the jewels in the crown of the countryside, the national parks represent the finest protected landscapes in England, Wales and Scotland. You'll be able to discover the hidden secrets of each park and their wildlife, history, heritage and so much more.

    With breathtaking photography throughout, Roly Smith's lively text gives a comprehensive overview of all the beautiful parks including the mountains of the Lake District and wooded valleys of the south west.
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    David Bathurst
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    If you love the great outdoors, this will quickly become your go-to handbook.
    Whether you're exploring the countryside, the shore, cliffs or forests, it's bursting with tips, facts and folklore to help guide you on your way.

    From the areas of outstanding natural beauty to the diverse wildlife that can be found across Britain, David Bathurst's The Walker's Year is genuinely charming and informative.
  • HYBR
    Julian Holland
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    From the development of Britain's railways in 1603 through to the present day, this book is endlessly fascinating. Drawing on a lifetime of railway research, Julian Holland offers a first-class commentary complete with photographs and archive material.

    Showing how Britain has claimed many achievements including the first steam railway locomotive, the first inter-city railway and the world speed record for steam in 1938 (126mph, in case you were wondering).

    The book also looks at trains and railways' effect on the Great Victorian Age and the early 20th century before its nationalisation and modernisation from 1948 onwards. It also covers the Beeching Report in detail and the privatisation of the high-speed railways in the 1990s.
  • VLNW
    Tom Fort
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    Historian and travel writer Tom Fort, the bestselling author of The A303: Highway to the Sun, travelled the length and breadth on Britain (by bicycle!) to discover the essence of village life and in this personal and whimsical travelogue he shares his findings.

    The first model for communal living, villages still reside in many places despite the advent of technology and modernity. He explains how the chocolate box image of villages may be true in some cases, but how there are still some 'real' English villages remaining - if you can find them...

    Littered with both historical analysis and personal memories, Tom's journeys take in over 6,000 years of communal existence and he also fondly remembers growing up in the village in rural Oxfordshire where he still lives today.
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    Rt Hon Michael Portillo
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    All aboard and get ready to explore some of Europe's finest journeys by train in Great Continental Railway Journeys, a beautiful tie-in book to the hit BBC series presented by Michael Portillo.

    Lavishly illustrated, the book captures the beauty and excitement of journeying across the continent by train and also looks at the engineering feats which made the journeys possible and so famous.

    From London to Paris, Copenhagen, Berlin, Rome, Budapest and all the way down to Jerusalem, this is a celebration of both trains and the vibrancy of Europe.