Wild Woods

by Martin Cray and Alvin Nicholas

Wild Woods

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Explore over 500 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 and Borders, 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, horse riding, canoeing, wildflowers and wildlife, dark skies and star-gazing, 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 Big Mammals' to 'Best for Deep Forest Experiences', as well as Waterfalls and Canoe Adventures, Caves and Canyons, and Bikepacking amongst others. High quality photography illustrates a selection of sites and a double-page featured adventure with full directions and a map is included at the end of each area.
With Bradt's Wild Woods visit historic forests such as Epping, Sherwood and the New Forest and literary forests such as Shakespeare's Forest of Arden. 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 - no longer present 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.

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Contents

Introduction
Wild Woods: The Essentials
Exploring Wild Woods - to include Iconic Trees
Foods to Forage, Features of Ancient Woodland, Animal Tracks and Lost Crafts
How to Use this Book
Index of 'Best for...' features

Part 2 SOUTHWEST
1. Cornwall & Devon
2. Exmoor & Somerset
3. Dorset, Wiltshire & the New Forest
4. Wye Valley & Forest of Dean
5. The Cotswolds
Part 3 SOUTH & EAST
6.East Hampshire & the South Downs
7.Surrey Hills & the Wealden Forests
8.Thames Valley & London
9. Eastern England
Part 4 WALES & BORDERS
10. South Wales
11. Mid Wales & Marches
12. North Wales
Part 5 CENTRAL & NORTH
13. Heart of England
14. The Peaks, Dales & Moors
15. Cumbria & the North East
Part 6 SCOTLAND
16. Highlands & Islands
17. Aberdeenshire & Cairngorms
18. Perth and Argyll
19. South Scotland

Appendices
Further info
Useful websites