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Year-long tribute ride calls on female cyclists

Billie Fleming at Guildford during her year-long ride. Photograph: Peter Samwell

Billie Fleming at Guildford during her year-long ride. Photograph: Peter Samwell

Scottish women cyclists: Your chance to join an epic UK-wide year-long tribute bike ride – in small stages. Read more ›

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Hadrians Wildlife

Hadrian's Wildlife by John Miles

Hadrian’s Wildlife by John Miles

At once a historical journey along the length of the largest ancient monument in northern Europe and an exploration of its wildlife and surrounding habitat, this is a painstakingly-researched account of one of Britain’s most important World Heritage sites. A month by month look at what wildlife can be found, and where, is a nice touch for those who’d like to dip in to sections of the wall at different times of the year.

Whittles Publishing RRP £16.99

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Great British Shipwrecks – SO Favourite

Great British Shipwrecks

Our favourite from Spring 2013 Reviewed by Scotland Outdoors

Great British Shipwrecks, A Personal Adventure by

Perhaps slightly off topic for an outdoors publication, we nonetheless found this is a revealing and absorbing read. Written by hugely experienced diver Rod Macdonald, the book highlights almost 40 of the best known wrecks around the UK – including the remains of the German High Seas Fleet scuttled at Scapa Flow. Others are less well-known such as the wreck, in the Firth of Forth, of HMS Pathfinder, the first Royal Naval warship to be sunk by a torpedo from a German U-boat in World War One.

The level of detail is such that it’s not surprising that the book is the result of several decades’ worth of dives. Each narrative includes details on the ship’s history, how it met its fate, excellent underwater photography and wonderful artist’s illustrations of how the wrecks look on the seabed today. Fascinating stuff – with an appeal for divers and non-divers alike.

Rating: 4.5
Whittles Publishing, RRP £18.99

Pick up a copy Amazon UK for £16.52

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