An Explorer's Guide to Britain's Woods and Forestsby Alvin Nicholas and Martin Cray
Wild Woods Guide – Travel, nature, woodland and outdoor information and tips for 450 of the most magical, extraordinary and lesser-known woods in England, Scotland and Wales, ideal for weekend escapes, including best campsites and bothies, wildlife, waterfalls, wild swimming, canoeing, caves and canyons. Includes directions and route descriptions.
About this book
Explore over 450 of the most magical, extraordinary and lesser-known woods and forests in England, Scotland and Wales with this unique, practical and fully illustrated book. Featuring stunning photography and lively travel writing, it is divided into easy-to-navigate geographical sections – Southwest, South and East, Wales, Central and North, and Scotland – and covers everything from the best campsites, bothies and quirky accommodation through to wild swimming, walking trails, types of woodland and forest, cycling routes, waterfalls, canoeing, wildflowers and wildlife, dark skies and stargazing, foraging, lost ruins and sacred, mystical and haunted sites.
Wild Woods reveals life-affirming ways to connect with wild places through adventure and is the perfect book for both families and wilderness lovers seeking new experiences well off the beaten track. Also included is a series of ‘Best for.’ recommendations, from ‘Best for Lost Ruins’ to ‘Best for Charismatic Wildlife’, as well as Untamed Waters, Caves and Canyons, and Quirky Stays among others. High-quality photography illustrates a selection of sites and a number of featured adventures are included.
With Bradt’s Wild Woods visit historic forests such as Epping, Sherwood and the New Forest. Discover ancient and notable trees, healing springs and hidden castles and lose yourself in Britain’s largest, wildest and most ancient woods and forests. Detailed, user-friendly instructions help to create wild weekend escapes and you can also learn about ‘lost beasts’ – megafauna such as wolves – and the evolution of ancient woodland. The legacy of royal forests and private chases is also covered. Whatever your interest in Britain’s woods and forests, Bradt’s Wild Woods is the ideal guide and companion.
About the Author
Alvin Nicholas has a passion for wild places. His latest and most ambitious book to date leads you well off the beaten track to explore hidden secrets within woods and forests. A protected area specialist, avid traveller and writer, Alvin spent several months researching forest elephants on the Kenya-Uganda border. He’s been shot at by rebels in Burundi, led safaris in South Africa and even had a spell as ranger on Hampstead Heath. He now lives with his young family in his native South Wales. In addition to managing upland nature conservation projects he spent two years biking, hiking and bivvying amidst Britain’s wildest woods.
Martin Cray has been involved with the wild world for over 20 years filming and photographing everything from Himalayan adventures to the wonders of nature in our own back yard. He is a frequent contributor to BBC’s The One Show and a host of films produced by the BBC’s Natural History Unit.
Additional InformationTable of Contents
Into the woods
Out in the wild
Using this book
1 Cornwall & Devon
2 Exmoor & Somerset
3 The Cotswolds, Forest Of Dean & Wye Valley
4 Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire & The Isle Of Wight
SOUTH & EAST ENGLAND
5 The South Downs, Sussex & Kent
6 London & The Home Counties
7 East Anglia
8 Mid & South Wales
9 Snowdonia & North Wales
CENTRAL & NORTHERN ENGLAND
10 Central England
11 Peaks, Dales, Moors & Wolds
12 The Lake District, Cumbria & The Northeast
13 South & Central Scotland
14 Perthshire, Cairngorms & Surrounds
15 The Highlands
Recording woodland wildlife