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Twenty stocking-sized gifts for those who prefer to be outdoors

Thursday, 29 November 2018

In need of some Christmas gift ideas? With just over three weeks to go until the big day, we thought we'd give you a hand by creating a tempting list of twenty titles that cater for all outdoor interests. Each one is available at 30% off for one week only. Scroll down to the bottom for our special offer code.

 

 

CLIMBERS

 

1865: The Golden Age of Mountaineering

What's inside? Illustrated with 350 photographs and lavishly produced, this is a documentation of what Reverend W.A.B. Coolidge called the ‘golden age of alpinism’ – the era of the first great guides and the successful first ascents of the Aiguille Verte, the Matterhorn, and the Brenva face of Mont Blanc. 

Perfect for ... Climbers interested in the history of alpinism's greatest era.

1001 Climbing Tips

What's inside? Based on three decades of Andy Kirkpatrick’s climbing obsession, this is a massive collection of all those little tips that make a real difference when at the crag, in the mountains or when you are planning your next big trip. The book is broken down into the following sections: Basics, Safety, Big Wall, Ice, Mixed, Mountains and Stuff!

Perfect for ... Anyone after some essential pointers – and plenty of laughs – from a man who has spent over thirty years pushing himself on some of the hardest walls and faces in the Alps and beyond.

Mountaineering in the Pyrenees

What’s inside? Author and mountain guide François Laurens has drawn upon his encyclopaedic knowledge of the Pyrenees, and recommendations from other mountaineers, to put together a diverse selection of climbs – many of them accessible from spring to autumn – along the entire Pyrenean chain, from the Mediterranean to the Basque country.

Perfect for … Any mountaineer who enjoys getting off the beaten track to try a diverse range of routes in less-explored environments.

Mountaineering in the Swiss Alps

What’s inside? This guide presents a selection of classic routes in the main Swiss climbing areas that have forged Switzerland’s reputation as a mountaineering paradise. Featured are over thirty climbs, ranging from relatively easy normal routes to more challenging itineraries. 

Perfect for … Mountaineers of mixed ability looking for an excellent introduction to the wide variety of climbing that Switzerland has to offer.

WALKERS AND SCRAMBLERS

 

Day Walks in Devon

What's inside? Day Walks in Devon features 20 circular routes, between 8.8 and 17.6 miles, suitable for hillwalkers of all abilities. The routes are split into five geographical areas: North Devon and Exmoor, Torridge and West Devon, Mid and East Devon, Dartmoor, and South Devon and the South Hams.

Perfect for ... Anyone looking for advice from local experts on which routes make the most of the region’s diverse and beautiful landscape.

Day Walks on the Pembrokeshire Coast

What’s inside? Local author and walker Harri Roberts shares his favourite walks in the national park, including a meander along Bosherston Lily Ponds – a series of interconnected lakes, rich in wildlife; the 650-million-year-old sea cliffs of St Brides, studded with the less-common, upland-loving sessile oak; and retracing the steps of Wales’s patron saint, from St Davids to St Justinian’s.

Perfect for … Hillwalkers of all abilities wanting a full-value day out along Pembrokeshire's unspoiled coastal terrain.

RUNNERS

 

There is no Map in Hell

What’s inside? There is no Map in Hell recounts Steve Birkinshaw’s preparation, training and mile-by-mile experience of the extraordinary and sometimes hellish demands he made of his mind and body during his record-breaking run across all 214 Wainwright fells in the Lake District. 

Perfect for … Anyone looking to be inspired by a extraordinary athlete and the human drive to achieve more than is thought possible. 

North Wales Trail Running

What’s inside? This is a comprehensive guide to off-road running across North Wales, including Snowdonia, Anglesey and into the Llŷn Peninsula and the Clwyds, featuring 20 runs 4km to 20.4km in length.

Perfect for … Runners of all abilities looking to explore North Wales via diverse and scenic routes hand-picked by a local expert.

MOUNTAIN BIKERS

 

Peak District Mountain Biking

What’s inside? Featured within the book are 26 of the best mountain bike rides in the Dark Peak, between 11.5 and 105 kilometres in length. Researched, ridden and written by a local rider, each route features easy-to-follow directions; details of distance, timings and difficulty gradings; refreshment stops and local knowledge; and clear and easy to use Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 maps. 

Perfect for … All levels of mountain bikers looking for a guide to some of the finest and most popular riding in the country.

Great Britain Mountain Biking

What’s inside? A comprehensive area-by-area guide to the best of British mountain biking. Authors Tom Fenton and Andy McCandlish have compiled everything you need to know about the best places to ride mountain bikes in England, Scotland and Wales – the ideal companion for planning weekends away.

Perfect for … Mountain bikers after a go-to guide covering the best routes Britain has to offer.

CYCLISTS

 

Cycling Days Out

What’s inside? Written by Deirdre Huston – a keen cyclist and co-author of the popular Cycling in SussexCycling Days Out explores tourist trails, country parks, forest riding and much much more. Each area is written up with a detailed introduction, together with comprehensive visitor information, including how to get there – by public transport or car, where to eat and drink, and places of interest.

Perfect for … Everyone looking for ideas for family days out on traffic-free routes in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. 

Traffic-Free Cycle Trails

What's inside? The fully updated third edition of the popular guidebook contains more than 400 cycle routes around Britain. Written by Nick Cotton this book includes a great variety of routes on former railway paths, canal towpaths and forest trails in England, Scotland and Wales. Presented in an easy to use format and packed with useful information in regional sections, it includes route descriptions of rides in every region of Britain. 

Perfect for ...  Parents planning safe rides with children and novice riders looking to escape traffic.

WILDERNESS AND WILDLIFE LOVERS

 

The Darkness Beckons

What's inside? Martyn Farr's The Darkness Beckons charts the history and development of cave diving, from early underwater expeditions in France in the late nineteenth century, through to cutting-edge dives across the globe, where iron-willed individuals are pushing the limits of equipment and techniques in the pursuit of exploration. 

Perfect for ... Anyone with an interest in exploration and adventure looking for a truly inspirational read.

Kinder Scout

What's inside? Kinder Scout: The People’s Mountain is a celebration of a northern English mountain and our role in its creation.

Perfect for ... Anyone for whom this treasured hill is a place of wonder and escape.

Lake District Mountain Landscape

What’s inside? A spectacular photographic perspective on the Lake District from award-winning mountain photographer and filmmaker Alastair Lee. 

Perfect for … Everyone who enjoys a day out in the Lakes.

Brown Hares in the Derbyshire Dales

What’s inside? A written and photographic celebration of one of the Peak District’s most secretive and enigmatic animals. 

Perfect for … Those with a passion for wildlife conservation and people looking for tips on where to spot brown hares in the Derbyshire pastures. 

EXPLORERS

 

The Great Himalaya Trail

What's inside? In 2012, Himalaya veteran Gerda Pauler set out to walk the length of the Great Himalaya Trail to raise awareness of autism in Nepal. Travelling across the country with open eyes and ears, ascending high passes, visiting isolated villages and drinking tea with the locals allowed her to see and hear things many of us might never hear, never experience – and never know.

Perfect for ... Everyone looking to be inspired by the spirit of adventure and wanting to find out more about a remote culture most westerners will never encounter.

Dolpo

What’s inside? In Dolpo: People and Landscape, Gerda Pauler explores the individuals, communities and culture that makes Dolpo one of the most fascinating regions of the Himalaya. 

Perfect for … Anyone with an interest in Central Asia and Nepal. 

 

YOUNG ADVENTURERS

 

The Messenger Bird

What’s inside? Set around the top-secret Second World War codebreaking site Bletchley Park, The Messenger Bird is the gripping children’s thriller from Ruth Eastham, award-winning author of The Memory Cage.

Perfect for … Children aged eight to twelve who are into their mystery thrillers and code cracking.

The Jaguar Trials

What’s inside? Cats have nine lives. Ben has one. Keeping it will test him to the very limit. An Amazon expedition gone wrong throws Ben into a world of superstition and adventure. Now he must survive the mysterious Jaguar Trials to escape the jungle and uncover the truth about the lost City of Gold.

Perfect for … Your son/daughter who loves action-packed adventure fiction.

Save 30% when you enter code MYCHRISTMASLIST at checkout. Free delivery on all UK mainland orders. Offer ends Sunday 9 December.

 

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