6 Must-Read Books About the United Kingdom for Your Summer

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  1. England’s Seaside Charm: Unveiling the Enigma, Granta, £20

Embark on a captivating journey across the nation, from Scarborough to Blackpool, as Madeleine Bunting unravels the timeless allure of seaside resorts, many of which have faded from their former 18th-century grandeur. Through encounters with local residents, Bunting delves into the landscapes, histories, and contemporary challenges faced by our coastal towns and cities.

  1. Off the Beaten Path in the Lakes, Summersdale, £16.99

Join Tom Chesshyre as he embarks on a 379-mile hike through the picturesque Lake District, venturing away from the crowded tourist spots. Discover remote bothies, shepherd’s huts, and climbers’ hotels while encountering farmers, hikers, and fell runners along the way. This book is perfect for casual hikers, budget-conscious travelers, and anyone interested in exploring the region’s landscapes, ecology, and everyday life.

  1. Exploring Scotland by Paddle, Adlard Coles, £16.99

According to Alasdair Findlay, an experienced paddleboard instructor and author, Scotland reveals its true beauty when seen from the water. With itineraries suitable for all skill levels, ranging from short excursions to immersive wilderness day trips, this guide provides maps and stunning photography. Whether you prefer kayaking, canoeing, or even paddleboarding, you can experience the joy of exploring Scottish waterways.

  1. Tracing the Geological Wonders of Britain on Foot, Doubleday, £25

Christopher Somerville, renowned walking correspondent for The Times, embarks on a thousand-mile journey stretching from the Outer Hebrides to the Thames Estuary. This book uncovers the captivating story of Britain’s unique geology, revealing how the land has shaped our past and continues to influence our nation, from agriculture to the Industrial Revolution and beyond.

  1. Sarn Helen: A Captivating Welsh Odyssey Through Time, Granta, £16.99

Join Tom Bullough as he walks the ancient Roman road known as Sarn Helen, which spans north to south through Wales. Immerse yourself in the ever-changing landscapes surrounding him and explore Wales’s rich political, cultural, and mythical history. This beautifully illustrated book is a treasure trove of stunning earth-toned imagery.

  1. Moderate Becoming Good Later, Summersdale, £9.99

This poignant book tells the story of one man’s profound endeavor to sea kayak through all 31 areas mentioned in BBC Radio 4’s Shipping Forecast. Toby Carr embarked on this journey after his brother’s battle with cancer, but tragically, he passed away before completing the book. Toby’s sister, Katie, took up the task and finished this moving and insightful voyage of self-discovery.

Originally published in the Jul/Aug 2023 edition of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UK travel books

What are the books about in this list?

The books in this list cover a range of topics related to the United Kingdom, including coastal resorts, remote hikes in the Lake District, waterway exploration in Scotland, geology, Roman roads in Wales, and a memoir of sea kayaking.

Where can I find these books?

You can find these books at various bookstores, both online and offline. They may also be available at libraries or through online platforms that offer e-books.

Are these books suitable for casual readers?

Yes, many of these books are suitable for casual readers. They offer engaging narratives and insights into different aspects of the UK, such as its coastal towns, landscapes, history, and everyday life. They are not overly technical or academic in nature.

Can I purchase a subscription to National Geographic Traveller (UK) magazine?

Yes, you can subscribe to National Geographic Traveller (UK) magazine. However, availability may vary depending on your location. Please check the subscription details on their website for more information.

Do these books include illustrations or photographs?

Yes, several of these books feature illustrations or glossy photography. They aim to enhance the reading experience and provide visual context to the landscapes, history, and culture explored in the texts.

Are these books only available in the UK?

These books are generally available worldwide through various online retailers and platforms. However, availability may vary depending on your location. It is recommended to check with local bookstores or online retailers to determine their availability in your country.

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1 comment

JaneDoe22 July 9, 2023 - 11:10 pm

wow these are some great UK books for summer! i luv the sound of the seaside 1, exploring the coastal towns sounds so interesting & the Lake District hike sounds like a real adventure!

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