Wild Britain: A Traveller's Guideby Douglas Botting
"Wild Britain" is both a comprehensive guidebook and a personal introduction to the last outposts of wilderness in England, Scotland and Wales. It conveys the excitement of walking in wild places, the water-loud, lush-green and dapple-shaded Dartmoor streams and the thud of the gale-swept Atlantic rollers as they batter the granite battlements of the North Devon and Cornish Cliffs.
The detail and information in this the book is substantial. It's Botting's own charm, however, that makes this book shine above other guides. His youth in Yorkshire is recollected; war stories are recounted; and comparisons to The Wind in the Willows and stories from his own trips give each region, each path, each beach a personal feeling. He finds the coast near gritty Liverpool enchanting, thanks to the plethora of birds that choose to live there. With gorgeous color photos, pen-and-ink animal and plant illustrations and an exhaustive index, planning a trip through "wild" England, Scotland and Wales may actually be as much fun as the trip itself.
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