Planning to go on holiday in the UK this year and need some inspiration? Then why not check out our top ten best UK adventure travel books of 2022. Whether you’re into long-distance walking, outdoor swimming, bikepacking or island bagging, these books are essential reading for anyone looking to go on outdoor adventures in the UK this year.
Big Trails: Great Britain & Ireland features 25 long-distance trails in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland, and includes a general overview of the trails, specific technical information, overview mapping, key information and stunning photography.
Big Rides: Great Britain & Ireland features twenty-five long-distance cycling trails in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland, and includes a general overview of the trails, specific technical information, overview mapping, key information and stunning photography.
Traffic-Free Cycle Trails by Nick Cotton contains over 400 cycle routes in Great Britain. This book includes a great variety of routes on former railway paths, canal towpaths and forest trails in England, Scotland and Wales, with every ride away from traffic, and it is perfect for families and leisure cyclists.
Bikepacking England by Emma Kingston contains twenty great multi-day off-road cycling adventures across England, including the Peak District, Jurassic Coast, South Downs, Lake District and Dartmoor. Illustrated with stunning action photography and overview mapping; downloadable GPX files are also included.
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.
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.
The Beaches of Wales by Alistair Hare is a guide to every beach and cove around the Welsh coastline. Listing over 500 beaches, it is invaluable for families, holidaymakers, anglers, surfers and other water-sports enthusiasts. Details include access and parking, facilities, and seasonal restrictions, alongside beach safety and wildlife hazards.
Peak Bagging: Wainwrights by Karen and Dan Parker features forty-five routes designed to efficiently link all 214 Wainwright fells. Features 1:40,000-scale maps, elevation profiles, public transport and parking details, downloadable GPX files for each route and custom timings.
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.
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.