Whether you’re looking to escape the hustle for an adventurous weekend or dreaming of an epic adventure across the world, here are some great books which will both inspire adventure and give you some useful resources to help you get started. From microadventures to grand adventures, there’s something for everyone.
100 Family Adventures
by Tim, Kerry, Amy and Ella Meek
Adventure is out there, you’ve just got to go and find it! This book contains 100 tried and tested outdoor activities to enjoy with children, swapping screen time for green time. The Meek family show you how any family, anywhere in the country, can enjoy time together outdoors all year round. Packed with inspiring photos, sensible instructions from the parents and advice and jokes from the children!
by Alastair Humpreys
Refresh your life with a tiny little adventure that’s close to home and easy on your pocket. Inspiration is abundant in this brilliant and beautifully-illustrated guide. What exactly is an adventure? Something that’s new and exhilarating. Something that launches you from your comfort zone into a different place altogether. An adventure changes you and how you see the world. And while we can’t all be Bear Grylls, what an adventurer really needs is bags of enthusiasm and boundless curiosity. Let Alastair Humphreys introduce you to the exciting world of microadventures – adventures that are close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective. A microadventure takes the spirit of a big adventure and squeezes it into a day or even a few hours. The point of microadventures is that you do not need lots of time and money to meet a new challenge. Go on a night hike; follow a nature trail; take the plunge with wild swimming. This practical guide is filled with great activities and days out, and over 150 stunning photographs, plus tips and advice on safety and kit.
Whether it is sleeping on a hilltop, cycling a lap of the Isle of Wight or walking home for Christmas, it’s time you discovered something new about yourself and the world outside your window. Adventure is everywhere, every day, and it is up to us to find it.
by Alastair Humpreys
So what’s a GRAND ADVENTURE – it is the most life-changing, career-enhancing, personality-forging, fun adventure of your life.
Following on from his popular Microadventures, in Grand Adventures Alastair Humphreys shines a spotlight on the real-life things that get in the way: stuff like time, money or your other commitments. Grand Adventures is also crammed with hard-won wisdom from people who have actually been there and done that: by boat and boot, car and kayak, bicycle and motorbike. People who had one epic trip then returned to normal life, or who got bitten so badly by the bug that they devoted their life to the pursuit of adventure. Young people, old people. Men, women. Mates, couples, families. Extraordinary, inspiring people. People like you.
Saving your pennies, overcoming inertia, generating momentum, getting out the front door: if you want it enough, you can do it.
Tiny steps to a grand adventure.
Are you in?
by Phoebe Smith
Bed down among some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world and discover your own bolthole in one of Britain’s rugged corners. Wilderness Weekends reveals the 26 best places for wild camping from the south coast of England to Scotland’s far north. Each weekend includes practical advice, detailed maps and inspiring photographs to help the camping enthusiast take the next adventurous step. With a host of hard-won tips on what to take and when to go, this is the helping hand needed to unlock your outdoor potential.
Wild Guide (Southern and Eastern England)
by Daniel Start, Lucy Grewcock and Elsa Hammond
From the best-selling Wild Guide series, this new compendium of wild weekend adventures features the best hidden places to visit in southern and eastern England, including ideas for slow food and wilder accommodation. From the wild swimming rivers, secret beaches and lost ruins of Norfolk and Suffolk, to the ancient woods, meadows and orchards of Kent and Sussex. Includes the New Forest and Isle of Wight. Contains over 1000 hidden places in the south east and around London including: * 300 Wild swimming places, canoeing rivers and hidden beaches * 100 Ancient woodlands, summer meadows and wildlife wonders * 100 Lost ruins, hidden castles and sacred stones * 50 Caves and crypts, grottoes and follies * 50 Sunset hillforts, night walks and spots for wild camping * 250 Micro-breweries, artisan food, cosy pubs and foraging * 250 Campfire campsites, treehouses and remote hideaways.