When you can’t travel and explore, why not read about it instead? Whether it’s to inspire the adventurer in you, to immerse yourself in some kind of freedom or simply to give you ideas for your next adventure, now is a great time to slow down, simplify and get lost in a good book. Over the last year, we’ve got through a few more books than usual! The books below are some of our favourites for getting out and about for an adventure or closer to nature in some way. We’ve included our family’s top kids books on the same theme at the bottom too! Pick up a book from your local independent bookshop – or we love our local library’s audiobook/e-book offerings. Escape in a good book; who knows where it will take you…
Epic Drives of the World – Lonely Planet
Food for thought, abound with bucket list roadtrips around the world. Lots of photos and practical information – get ready to start dreaming.
Losing Eden – Lucy Jones
A fascinating book exploring how the natural world affects us and the importance of nature for positive mental and physical health.
Hidden Beaches Secret Coast of Britain – Daniel Start
With UK beaches like these, who needs to go abroad! Not sure how secret they actually are, but the book also includes campsite suggestions and plenty of inspiring, azure blue sea photos.
Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
A classic book from the 90s about Bryson’s farewell tour of the Britain before returning to live in the US. Entertaining and nostalgic.
The Cloudspotter’s Guide – Gavin Pretor-Pinney
One to take with you on your next camping trip; sit back, look up and read on. Everything there is to know about clouds, both meteorological and cultural.
Roger Deakin – Waterlog
A travelogue of wild swimming locations around Britain, beautifully written with anecdotes and observations of nature, a travel book with a difference that will draw you in from the start.
Essential Guide to Beachcombing and the Strandline – Steve Trewhella, Julie Hatcher
I’m all about looking for treasure on the beach… this book will tell you all about the things you might find there – always something new to discover!
And for the kids…
Tidy – Emily Gravett
Pete the Badger likes things tidy – a lovely book with an environmental message too!
National Trust: 2021 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children’s Almanac
Lots for your little ones to see/make/do indoors and outdoors.
Famous five books – Enid Blyton
Good old-fashioned fun and adventure – and many locations in the books are based on locations you can visit in Dorset (Kimmeridge, Corfe Castle, Blue Pool, Stoborough Heath).
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
More nostalgia! A classic yarn of childhood adventure.
Maps – Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski
Beautifully illustrated maps across the world, referencing different cultures, landmarks, food, famous people, etc. A feast for the eyes.