Eight must-have adventure travel books for 2021
- Sunday 5 September 2021
At Vertebrate, we like to holiday in style. That doesn’t mean staying in fancy hotels, though – it means cycling to remote locations and camping beneath the stars.
We’ve all got adventurous bones in our body, and these books should help you grow even more! All over the UK, there are terrific places to visit and exhilarating hobbies to pick up. Why settle for a poolside getaway when you could create memories to last forever with some of the suggestions in these books?
Wild Camping on the Shore of Lochan Fada By Will Copestake.
Scottish Island Bagging by Helen and Paul Webster
This is a fantastic guide to the enchanting islands of Scotland; 154 of them, to be exact. Helen and Paul accommodate every interest here, offering a mixed bag of popular Scottish islands and more sequestered, untouched islands. The landscapes are truly breathtaking, transporting you to another dimension of tranquillity and splendour that you’d expect to find in rural China rather than on your doorstep in the UK. Perfect for those with a swashbuckling spirit.
The Beaches of Wales by Alistair Hare
The Beaches of Wales is a guide to every beach and cove in Wales. That’s right, this book features roughly 500 coastline gems to whet your wanderlust appetite, completed with gorgeous pictures of every beach and essential information for planning a trip to them. Whether you want beaches suitable for dogs, surf beaches, beaches for fishing or the perfect location for a seaside family stroll, this book has it all.
Big Trails: Great Britain & Ireland, edited by Kathy Rogers and Stephen Ross
One of Vertebrate’s three Big Trails guidebooks, this volume takes us round twenty-five of the best walking routes you can find in the British Isles. Ranging from 53km to a gigantic 986km, these trails are for the true adventurer who wants to escape the city by tackling the mountains, woodland, and coastline paths that our corner of Europe has to offer.
Found on Colonsay Island, a stunning view of Kiloran bay. From Scottish Island Bagging
Slow Adventures: Unhurriedly Exploring Britain’s Wild Places by Tor McIntosh
With an emphasis on reconnecting with nature, Slow Adventures is a clever book that teaches us not only where to go, but how to enjoy the beauty spots of Britain by recommending a range of new activities to try out. Why not try sea kayaking, foraging, fossil hunting, or survival skills in some of the most extraordinary environments in Britain? Now’s the chance to become your own ancestor by relearning some of the lost skills society has left behind.
Wanderlust: How to Travel Guilt-Free: Essential Tips for Ethical Travellers (magazine edition)
The question on so many people’s lips today is: how can I be more environmentally friendly? Or, in our case: how can I have an amazing time travelling while still being kind to the planet? This edition of Wanderlust has the answers. Their expert travel writers put together 100 tips and tricks on where to go, how to get there, and how to have a green approach to every getaway. It’s a great guide for understanding what our world needs and how to revamp the way you travel.
Take the Slow Road: England and Wales: Inspirational Journeys Round England by Campervan and Motorhome by Martin Dorey
We assume Martin Dorey just spends his whole life driving down country lanes and writing books (NOT at the same time) because this is one of three books he has in this series, the other two being dedicated to Ireland and Scotland. With bags of campervanning experience, it’s only fair Martin points out the best roads to follow and most entertaining things to do. You don’t even have to own a motorhome; Martin knows where you can rent one.
Dales Way, an overgrown but beautiful walled track between Buckden and Starbotton photographed by Stephen Ross. Featured in Big Trails: Great Britain and Ireland
The Great British Bucket List: Utterly Unmissable Britain by Richard Madden
If you need summer activity ideas for your kids, look no further. Okay, some of these suggestions are a bit hardcore for a four-year-old – you don’t see many primary school kids flying a Spitfire – but this book does truly satisfy the cliché of having something for everybody, with lots of fresh ideas you might not have considered. It’s a testament to the wonderful outdoors of Britain, covering historical stately homes to glamping beneath the stars. You’ll never run out of ideas for things to do with this book on your shelf!
Hidden Beaches Spain by John Weller
And finally, now that travel restrictions are easing, why not consider perhaps the most exotic offering on this list? Hidden Beaches Spain contains dazzling photography and all the practical information you need about more than 450 coastal areas. Snorkelling, dolphin watching, diving, you name it – these pristine locations are perfect for all the aquatic summertime adventures you could imagine.