Ten ways to keep yourself entertained if you're self-isolating
- Monday 16 March 2020
If you're currently self-isolating and in need of ways to stay occupied or you're looking to plan future adventures, here are our top recommendations to get you through the next few months.
To help you stock up on some reading material, all our books are currently available at 30% off.
1–3. Adventure books for kids
Our range children's books offer exciting fiction and non-fiction adventure stories for children of all ages. To keep your young adventurers entertained during school closures, we're currently giving away free reading challenge material with purchases of the above books.
The Everest Files series follows the adventures of eighteen-year-old Ryan Hart who heads out to the Himalaya on a gap year to find himself plunged into an exhilarating world of high-altitude drama in which life and death decisions are distorted by ambition, ego, greed and love. And all the while, Everest is calling ... Arrowhead brings Norse mythology to the modern day as three friends endeavour to save the world as an ancient curse is awoken and in The Warrior in the Mist a group of teenagers find more than they bargained for when they unearth a local connection to Queen Boudicca in a bid to prevent fracking taking over their hometown.
4–5. Page turners
Edmund Hillary – A Biography is the story of the New Zealand beekeeper who climbed Mount Everest, covering his his time in the New Zealand airforce during the Second World War, the background to the first ascent of Everest in 1953 and the death of his wife and daughter in a plane crash in 1975. The Ogre is one part biography of the Karakoram mountain and one part personal account of of Doug Scott and Chris Bonington's first ascent and dramatic descent on which Scott suffered two broken legs and Bonington smashed ribs.
6. Running guides
Our trail running books offer comprehensive, pocket-sized guides for trails and fell runners across many of the UK's national parks. Scroll down to download trails from our Brecon Beacons and Lake District trail running guides.
7. Cycling guides
In Great British Bike Rides, author Dave Barter brings together 40 of the best road rides in England, Scotland and Wales, searching out the country’s most celebrated routes, toughest climbs and most scenic roads. Traffic-Free Cycle Trails by Nick Cotton contains over 400 cycle routes in Great Britain. First published in 2004 and regularly updated ever since, it has become one of the country’s most popular cycling books, and this fourth edition published in 2020 features a large number of updates and revisions. Click for free downloads from both books below.
8. Walking guides
The popular Day Walks books each feature twenty circular routes suitable for hillwalkers of all abilities. Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps are included for each circuit together with stunning photography, easy-to-follow directions and details of distance and timings. Click below to download routes from Day Walks in Devon and Day Walks on the High Weald.
9. Climbing guides
Lake District Bouldering is the long-awaited guide to bouldering in the Lake District National Park. Written by Greg Chapman, one of the pioneers of bouldering in the Lakes, it features almost 3,000 individually numbered problems and dozens of variations and linkups at over 70 venues. Hard Rock is the best of British rock climbing. Featuring over fifty crags and sixty-nine routes in England, Scotland and Wales, it epitomises all that is great about traditional climbing in Great Britain. Click below to download routes from these titles.
10. Mountain Biking guides
Our mountain biking guides each feature twenty or more routes suitable for riders of all abilities. Each route is accompanied by Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 mapping and details of distance, timing and difficulty gradings. See below for free downloads from our White Peak and Wales mountain bike guides.