New Year, New You

February 01, 2022 3 min read

Ten books to help you achieve your New Year's resolutions

Two of the most common New Year’s resolutions are:

(1) Exercise more

(2) Take up a new hobby

If you’ve got either (or both) of these resolutions on your list and need a bit of inspiration, then be sure to check out the books below…


Perfect for anyone interested in wild water and open water swimming in Great Britain, The Outdoor Swimming Guide features over 400 of the best lidos, wild swimming and open air swimming spots in England, Wales and Scotland

The Outdoor Swimming Guide

The Outdoor Swimming Guide features over 400 great places to swim outside in Great Britain. It includes lidos, rivers, lakes and other stretches of water specifically designated for open water swimming. It’s the perfect guide for the travelling swimmer and an essential companion when heading on holiday with the family or children.

Perfect for both new and experienced wild swimmers, Swimming Wild in the Lake District by Suzanna Cruickshank an informative and inspiring guide to the most beautiful wild swimming spots in the Lake District National Park

Swimming Wild in the Lake District

Swimming Wild in the Lake District by Suzanna Cruickshank is an informative and inspiring book for both new and experienced wild swimmers, exploring the larger lakes in the beautiful Lake District National Park. Contains all the inspiration, practical advice and local knowledge you need to plan your next adventure.


A great book for swimmers, kayakers, adventure travellers and wildlife spotters, England & Wales Island Bagging by Lisa Drewe is a stunning and informative guide to the islands of England, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man

England & Wales Island Bagging

England & Wales Island Bagging by Lisa Drewe is a stunning and informative guide to the islands of England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Almost 300 islands are included, from larger, populated islands to remote, uninhabited islets; the author has described the best ways to experience each one.

Written by the founders of Walkhighlands, Scottish Island Bagging by Helen and Paul Webster is a guide to the islands of Scotland, including Bass Rock, Craigleith, Fidra and Inchcolm

Scottish Island Bagging

Scottish Island Bagging by Helen and Paul Webster, founders of Walkhighlands, is a guide to the islands of Scotland. Focusing on the 99 islands that have regular trips or means of access, plus 55 other islands without regular transport but of significant size or interest, the authors have described the best ways to experience each one.


1001 Running Tips by Robbie Britton is an accessible and informative guidebook to all kinds of running and features a variety of training tips for trail running, ultra-running and parkruns

1001 Running Tips

1001 Running Tips by Robbie Britton is a light-hearted and informative guide to all kinds of running. Covering a vast range of topics, from training plans and racing to fell running and kit, this book will help both beginners and those with more experience to improve their running and enjoy themselves in the process.

1001 Cycling Tips by Hannah Reynolds is a guide to all kinds of cycling, including road cycling and mountain biking, and features sections on beginner cycling and cycling for women

1001 Cycling Tips

1001 Cycling Tips by Hannah Reynolds is a huge collection of small tips to make a real difference to your cycling, whether you’re into road cycling, mountain biking, have an ebike, gravel bike or commute to work on your bike. Features: choosing your bike, essential kit, clothing, navigation, fitness, nutrition, maintenance and travelling.

1001 Climbing Tips by Andy Kirkpatrick is an essential climbing guide that features a huge collection of useful climbing tips perfect for beginners and more experienced climbers

1001 Climbing Tips

1001 Climbing Tips by Andy Kirkpatrick is a massive collection, acquired from three decades of climbing obsession, of all those little tips that make a real difference when at the crag, in the mountains, or when you’re planning your next big trip.


The Climbing Bible guide by Martin Mobråten and Stian Christophersen is a great climbing book for intermediate climbers and features useful tips for climbing training and bouldering training

The Climbing Bible

Published to coincide with sport climbing’s debut in the Olympics, The Climbing Bible by Martin Mobråten and Stian Christophersen is a comprehensive guide to help you train effectively to become a better climber. Illustrated with 400 technique and action photos, and features stories from top climbers as well as a foreword by Jo Nesbø.

A great climbing gift, The Climbing Bible: Practical Exercises by Martin Mobråten and Stian Christophersen is a climbing training book that features various bouldering and rock climbing exercises and techniques

The Climbing Bible: Practical Exercises

The Climbing Bible: Practical Exercises by Martin Mobråten and Stian Christophersen is a collection of exercises designed for developing technique and strength for climbing. It is illustrated with over 200 photos, and features insights from the authors and other top climbers. Also included is a section for children and young climbers.

Written by top climber Ned Feehally, Beastmaking is a book about training for climbing and features chapters on how to use a Beastmaker fingerboard to do fingerboarding exercises and develop finger strength


Beastmaking by Ned Feehally is a book about training for climbing. It is designed to provide normal people – like you and me – with the tools we need to get the most out of our climbing. It features sections on finger strength, fingerboarding, board training, mobility and core, and includes suggested exercises and workouts.