October 10, 2022 3 min read
We love connecting people with the adventures they can have right on their own doorstep. It’s why some of our favourite (and most popular!) books are regional guides, helping cyclists, runners, climbers and walkers discover more in their local areas.
We’ve delved into 1001 Walking Tips to bring you these nuggets from Paul Besley, one of our most experienced guidebook writers, about having the best adventures close to home.
Paul Besley is a writer who began exploring the British landscape while at school in the 1970s. His focus of work is the interaction between humans and the land. His work has evolved into the study of how the physical environment imprints itself on humans and how we as a race respond. His belief that walking is a simple activity has led him to support the effort of many just starting out on a lifetime of pleasure. He has a desire to show people that walking does not just have to be in the hills and mountains of national parks or rely on expensive equipment but can be enjoyed from the front door of home through our urban landscape and out in our local countryside. His books, Day Walks in the South Pennines and 1001 Walking Tips for Vertebrate Publishing, and the three Peak District guidebooks for Cicerone Press, are well respected by walkers and explorers of all ages. He lives close to the Peak District in The Outdoor City of Sheffield with his partner, metalsmith Alison Counsell, and their three dogs Monty, Olly, and Scout.
Top row images: Britain's Best Bike Ride and 1001 Walking Tips // Bottom row images: Grit Blocs, Stand-up Paddleboarding in Great Britain, Great British Gravel Rides, 1001 Walking Tips and 1001 Outdoor Swimming Tips
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