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Wild Guide Central England book


By Nikki Squires, Richard Clifford and John Webster,

With 1050 places covering the Peak District, Cotswolds, Midlands, Welsh Borders and Lincolnshire coast.

Also as an ebook: buy the PDF ebook or Kindle version.

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The owners of Compton Pools in Warwickshire have asked the publishers to clarify that picnicking is not welcome on the public footpath and bathing is not permitted in the lake. Thank you for your cooperation.

The managers of Enville & Stalybridge Estates have asked that we calrify that Shenstone Chapel is not accessible to the public.

Wild swim at a secret river beach dappled by willows, seek out a lost castle hidden within an enchanted forest, then watch the sun set from an ancient hillfort with a picnic of local cheese, sourdough and cider.

This inspiring travel compendium reveals the most exciting secret places in Central England, from forgotten pockets of the busy Midlands, to the iconic landscapes of the Peaks, Cotswolds, Welsh Borders and Lincolnshire coast. Covering Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Gloucestershire, North Oxfordshire, Rutland and Lincolnshire.

Featuring stunning photography, detailed maps and engaging travel writing, this is the perfect guide for wild adventures and ultimate weekend escapes.




New from the award-winning Wild Guide  series, with 600 secret adventures and 450 wilder places to eat and sleep. Taking you to places no other guidebook reaches

  • Rivers, lakes, waterfalls, beaches and idyllic wild swims
  • Easy scrambles, gorges and peaks
  • Sunset hill forts and prehistoric caverns
  • Ancient woods, magical meadows and wildlife spectacles
  • Sacred sites, holy wells and standing stones
  • Lost ruins and industrial remains
  • Best farm shops, micro-breweries and gastropubs
  • Wild camping and campfire campsites
  • Secluded hideaways, cottages and cabins



Nikki Squires is an avid camper, photographer and English teacher who runs her school’s bushcraft programme. Richard Clifford is a wild swimmer, triathlete, PE teacher and adventure leader. John Webster grew up sea swimming and surfing and now raises his two children on a diet of wild adventures. They all live and work in the Midlands near Leicester and have spent the last decade wild camping, swimming, climbing and exploring Central England.


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Regions covered

1 High Peak 38
2 South West Peak 50
3 White Peak 60
4 Dark Peak 72
5 Nottinghamshire 86
6 Lincolnshire & The Wolds 100
7 North Shropshire 110
8 Central Staffordshire 120
9 South Derbyshire 132
10 South Lincolnshire & Rutland 142
11 Shropshire Hills 152
12 Southern Staffordshire 164
13 North Warwickshire 176
14 Leicestershire 186
15 North Herefordshire 200
16 South Herefordshire 212
17 The Malverns & Worcestershire 222
18 South Warwickshire 234
19 The Wye Valley 248
20 North Cotswolds 260
21 South West Cotswolds 272

Table of Contents

Map of the regions . 6
Introduction 9
Finding your way 14
Wild swimming & canoeing . 16
River walks & waterfalls . 18
Ancient & sacred . 20
Easy peaks & scrambles . 22
Woods, meadows & wildlife . 24
Ruins & follies . 26
Industrial heritage 28
Picnics 30
Slow food & drink . 32
Cosy pubs . . 34
Camp & sleep . . 36
Co-ordinate conversions 286
Acknowledgements . 288

288 pages, 210mm x 170mm,

Wild Guides

Travmedia Guidebook of the Year

bothy prize winner

Small Publisher of the Year 2019

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