I came across a wonderful series of books recently – the Wild Guides.
So much attention is paid to guidebooks for far flung corners of the world that we often neglect to see what is right on our doorstep.
The Wild Guide is a self-proclaimed celebration of the wild places that lie hidden, just off the beaten path. It’s your guide to a lifetime of joyful exploration and simple pleasures. And these special places are on your very doorstep, if you know where to look.
Discover lost ruins overgrown by ancient forests; clamber down to a secret cove and explore sea caves; picnic in a meadow of orchids and rare butterflies; watch the sun set from an Iron Age hill fort; search for glow worms in the dusk then wait for the sky to turn deep indigo and fill with stars.
Currently I’ve only got as far as the Lakes and Dales compendium – which also features the often overlooked Forest of Bowland – one of my all time favourite places and one I’m fortunate enough to live just a stone’s throw away from.
There’s something quite satisfying about finding one of my favourite gems tucked within the pages of these books – it’s like a pat on the back that we discovered somewhere good. There’s an equal thrill in reading about somewhere new and planning it into our next trip.
It’s also quite reassuring in a way to know that I can go out and live a life of wildness but always have this little security blanket. Take wild swimming for example… it’s something I desperately want to do, but am I brave enough to head out and try to find the best spot for my first al fresco dip? Probably not. It’s comforting to know I can go somewhere that’s been tried and tested first.
If you’re looking for a little extra wildness in your life I’d highly recommend this series – they’re also all available on Amazon Prime which is always a bonus!!
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