Inspired Reads

 Inspired Good Reads as recommended by me.


I often turn to books for inspiration and created the page Inspired reads so I could share my book reviews with the readers. Good reads is a forum, where I also share my thoughts and reviews. I’m not 100% up to date with that all of the time but I do check in now and again.

All books on here are my own. I  don’t do affiliated links as such, but most of these books can be bought from Amazon. Probably all of them. I buy a lot of books so can’t always go to Waterstones.


Using your library

I do use my libraries though and if you ask them they will usually order them if they don’t have them already.


The Kent Ramblers Guide

A trio of Kent Guides:

Tunbridge Wells Circular walks,

Kent Coast Path Part 1: Camber to Ramsgate,

Three River Valley Walks in West Kent. All were written by Robert Peel.

The Secret Life of Cows

Safe to say it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but The Secret life of Cows by Rosamund Young, was an eye-opener. I have become very fond of cows lately, well I don’t see them very often, but I’m not half as scared of them and as I ramble about I’m so much more curious. I especially love her fun facts Page at the back.

TWENTY things you ought to know about cows.

No 8. Cows make friends for life & No 12. love music..


Year of the monkey by Patti Smith- Rock Poet.
Following a run of New Year’s concerts at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. 


British Wild Flowers

Diverse and a magical guide to our British Islands flowers.



The Ordnance survey puzzle Tour of Britain

Difficult questions for clever people!! Something for the back of the car perhaps when the mobile battery is gone! Not that I am ever in a back of a car, but maybe for kids reading geography.


The Ordnance survey puzzle tour of Great Britain.


The Salt Path

I read this story in 2019, the story is inspiring, and it encourages me to carry on reaching out and finding escapes that are authentic. Real lives and real people are what inspire me. To read more about The Salt Path story, read this Guardian article.



Get out there and explore a little.

The world is out there from urban guided walks, to canal walks,  & river walks long walks in the country, themed walks, or historical guided tours.


Wildflowers on the cliff top of Dover


Some other great books about walks.

  • The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry- Rachel Joyce
  •  Strayed Cheryl- Wild
  • Walking London’s -Waterways Gilly Cameron Cooper
  • London Walks,- On Foot Guides Celia Wolfram
  • Walking Haunted London – original walks exploring London’s Ghostly Past- Richard Jones
  • Walk Britain Great Views- The Ramblers Top 50 Walking routes to Britain’s finest views. (available to all members)
  •  Ramble On -The story of our love for walking Britain, by Sinclair McKay. 
  • Wanderlust A History of Walking  Rebecca Solnit


The Hezbollah Hiking Club: A short walk across the Lebanon Hezbollah Hiking Club: A short walk across the Lebanon    Dom Joly


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this, Dom Joly is the type of guy I would enjoy a chat with at a party, full of interesting observations, and a great sense of humour.

His roots are explored in this somewhat comical hiking adventure, with his two mates who tend to be there under some duress.  A lot of fantastic food and beer are consumed, and some history & politics in the mix makes this an interesting read. As well as the geography lesson.

DJ loves animals, music and travel, so he rates highly in my books.


Walks for Each Season Julia Smith is the latest read, it features 26 great days out in the countryside near London and can be bought at Amazon.

Walks for Each Season: 26 great days out in the countryside near LondonWalks for Each Season: 26 great days out in the countryside near London by Julia Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Although this is on my read shelf, it can never be truly finished as it is a guidebook.
Firstly it’s written by a woman, in the world of books about walking, men usually write them. I often find men’s instructions somewhat overelaborate and confusing.!

This is a lovely walking companion book, I will take it with me on my next adventure in Lewes next week. It is an area I love walking in and I am going to try Julia’s August recommendation

The book is written for each season, which is a great idea. The photographs are inspiring. Plus all walks are doable from London in a day. That’s my type of walk. If you live in London and want to walk out for a day, this book will be inspiring.



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