Three Points of the Compass encourages anyone who hikes or ventures into the countryside to not only look around and take notice of the surroundings, but to seek answers to questions. Buy a book, a Field Guide, try and remember a new name each trip out, each season, every year

A personal library

As one strides through the countryside, the mind will dwell on just about anything- music, relationships, films, composing poetry and letters, tonight’s meal, clouds building to the left, what can be left out of the pack next time, that twinge in the left thigh…

On foot, a change of terrain makes itself known immediately, rock and soil types are also noticed, especially if wet. Even the most ignorant amongst us will also notice a change in flora. What can help add interest to a hike is to have some knowledge of what we are passing through. The weather, the flora, the fauna, mans imprint upon the land, the why. To this end, Three Points of the Compass believes that a well stocked book shelf at home and time taken out to read and gen up on various subjects is almost as important for a decent walk as the walk itself, almost.

I am not referring necessarily just to a guide to a particular trail, though I gain much of interest from the sterling research work that many hikers and authors have put into a whole bunch of these that sit on my shelves. I have done a number of posts that have given a brief glance at some of the volumes that I value.

Poyser Bird Monograph- The RavenOrnithology-

Lars Jonsson Field Guide

Helm Identification Guides

Raptors

Waders

The Bird Collectors

T & A D Poyser

Birds of the Western Palearctic

 

 

 

 

The Flowering of Britain. Richard Mabey and Tony EvansBotany- 

Roger Phillips Photographic Guides

Wild Flower Keys

Specialist Groups

Trees

Those ‘special’ flowers

The Natural History of British Flora

Gerard’s Herbal

 

 

 

Number One in the New Naturalist series- Butterflies by E.B. Ford

Natural History-

Naturalists’ Handbooks

Mammal Monographs

AIDGAP Guides

Dragonflies and Damselflies

Fungi

Butterflies and Moths

The Handbook of British Mammals

 

 

 

Local Geology guides- Northeast Norfolk and CornwallGeology-

Lakeland Rocks

Fossils 

British Regional Geology- The Wealden District

The Geology of Britain

Minerals, Rocks and Fossils

A Walker’s Guide to the Geology of British Mountains

Chalk Hill Figures

 

 

Rice's guides to Architecture and ChurchesHistory-

The English Barn and Oasthouse

Traditional Buildings of the English Countryside

Castles and Hillforts

The British Landscape

Churches

‘Shire’ publications

The Oxford History of England

 

 

John Hillaby- hiker and author extraordinaireInspiration-

Keble Martin

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Ffyona Campbell

Laurie Lee

Alfred Wainwright

Ernest Shackleton

John Hillaby