Even if feeling particularly adventurous, having some good trails on hand is always useful and recommended. To that end, here are my favourite five hiking books:
1. Epic Hikes of the World (Lonely Planet)
I absolutely adore this classic of a book. Though it has a heavily British influence, there are also some wonderful international routes, from places a far afield as Jamaica and Germany. With some walks taking up to an hour, and some week long treks, it’s a great book to flick through, even if you’re not intending on doing any of the walks!
2. The Salt Path: The Sunday Times bestseller
If you’re looking for something a little closer to home and some great hikes and walks locally, then this is the book for you. You really get a wonderful feel for the variety of the British countryside, and the rich and diverse nature around us.
3. Wanderlust: Hiking on Legendary Trails (EN)
Now if you’re going for more of the coffee table vibe, then this is 1,000% the book for you. It’s large and truly stunning and this fabulous hard book belongs in your home. Written by Christopher Somerville, this is likely the most comprehensive overview of the British hiking scene.
4. The Times Britain’s Best Walks
Now this is a book I hope you’ll never have to use! To be honest, I like it mainly for interest and not out of a feeling I’ll ever need to use, it but as you never know what could happen, it’s always good to stay reminded of important survival guides.
5. Trekking Beyond: Walk the world’s epic trails
This book is about how landmarks are the power that shapes our concept of space. A truly remarkable guide to nature and the words used to describe it throughout Great Britain, this is a must read book especially for newcomers to walking.