Whether you’re reading about other people’s adventures or want information to plan your own, books are a great source of inspiration. Here’s our pick of books to inspire adventure in and around the city.
Peak District Trail Running – 22 Off-road routes for trail and fell runners by Nikalas Cook and Jon Barton
This pocket sized book includes easy to follow directions and maps, with runs around the rocky Burbage Valley, the moorland of Black Hill, and easy-running flat trails at Carsington Water. From 5km up to 28km in length, the locations and routes are varied enough to choose the right amount of ascent and distance for your run while discovering new Peak District trails.
Walking South Yorkshire – 30 circular walks exploring the ancient woodland around Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley by Rob Haslam
Ranging from 2 to 8 miles in length and covering everything from ancient woodland to scheduled ancient monuments and industrial legacies, this book is a great go-to guide for anyone looking to explore the county further. The pocket-sized book is organised by towns and city, featuring some cracking walks in Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley – though it doesn't venture into the Doncaster end of South Yorks. Although lightweight, the book includes Ordance Survey maps, photographs, and recommended refreshment stops for each walk so you can plan the perfect day.
Peak District Bouldering by Rupert Davies, John Coefield, and Jon Barton
Climbing guidebooks need to be functional and informative, and this one has clear directions and labelled pictures of boulder problems and their grades. It also includes beautiful photographs of the Peak District grit in locations like Derwent Edge, the Roaches, and Stanage Plantation. Along with high quality action shots, this is a book you’ll enjoy reading whether you’re climbing or resting.
Mountain Bike Rides in the Peak District – All-weather laminated map by Jon Barton
This is a map and guide book in one so if you’re new to mountain biking in the Peaks it provides an ideal introduction. There are 8 routes, but since it’s a map you can make up your own variations. It’s designed to be used in all weathers, so there’s no excuse not to get out there!
All these books and more are published by Sheffield’s own Vertebrate Publishing, winner of the National Adventure Awards, Media Category 2016.