Books

Beyond the Footpath:

mindful adventures for modern pilgrims

 

A book to take you on a journey to places of spiritual or personal significance, and show you how to travel in a way that enhances your connection to the world and to yourself. Whether you choose a long-distance trail, an ascent of an awe-inspiring mountain, a walk in an ancient forest, a journey to a temple, stone circle or sacred garden, or simply a lunchtime stroll to somewhere special, it has suggestions and tips to inspire you to open the door and walk into a world of wonder.

‘A treasure trove of inspiration…[Beyond the Footpath] shows us how to make the most of the calm beauty of the natural world that surrounds us, as well as offering practical guidance on where to find – and how to travel to – those special places.’ Raynor Winn, best-selling author of The Salt Path

‘Inspirational yet practical. With mindful exercises and tracks to take. Discover the benefits of being a modern pilgrim’ Country Living

‘A brilliant solution to restoring balance and rediscovering meaning’ The Simple Things

“… while the amount of people to have walked to the Camino now seems to outnumber those who haven’t, this book widens its gaze, serving a rare secular view …as well as challenges that tug at the soul…” Wilderness Magazine 

 

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Hidden Villages of Britain

Hidden Villages by Clare Gogerty

Inspired by the popular Channel 4 programme ‘Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages’, this book explores the most interesting and beautiful examples of British villages. Using the Batstford guides of the 1930s as a starting point, it is a journey around tucked-away places, from honey-coloured Cotswolds cottages to Scottish fishing communities. Along the way it explores village traditions, encompassing folklore, history and newer ways of life.

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The National Trust Book of the Coast

The National Trust Book of the Coast by Clare Gogerty
A trip around the British coastline, from saltmarsh to dune systems to spectacular beaches. Published to celebrate 50 years of the National Trust’s Neptune Coastline Campaign, it focuses on the shoreline in the National Trust’s care. Alongside descriptions and history of the coast, there are suggestions of things to do, wildlife to see and six essays by notable writers.

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Brownsea Island Guidebook

An informative and lively account of the National Trust nature reserve in Poole Harbour, including tales of eccentric owners, wartime activities, the birth of the Scouting movement and red squirrels.

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Gower Peninsula guidebook


An in-depth look at this peninsula in South Wales, including history and wildlife. Discover caves that were home to Prehistoric people and smugglers’ haunts; where to find otters, wading birds and rare plants; and how the writer Dylan Thomas once got stranded on Worms Head overnight. Seven walks with step-by-step instructions, ranging from gentle one-mile wanders to longer, more challenging excursions, are the perfect way to get to know the Peninsula by foot, while a fold-out Spotter’s Guide helps identify species you’ll spot here, including birds, butterflies and plants.

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IN ART: children’s book series

A series of books introducing children to art appreciation. Each themed book explains the pleasure of looking at art and includes activities for children to explore the themes themselves.