What follows is a select bibliography of the books we have come across whilst working our way around the coast of Britain:
- Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps – Say no more. We’re going to get through a lot of these. Not only useful, but essential.
- AA Illustrated Guide to Britain’s Coast – No longer in print but you can still get it from Amazon. This book provides a step-by-step illustrated tour of the coastline, providing commentary and brief histories as it goes. It’s coverage is not as in-depth as the more local books, but it does provide a brief overview of the entire coastline.
- The Living Coast – An Aerial View of Britain’s Shoreline – A coffee table picturebook which is nonetheless extremely useful for looking back on past walks and stoking up the appetite for future ones.
- DK Pocket Nature Wildlife of Britain – A superb and easy to use reference book, with good illustrations. It covers Trees, plants, fungi and lichen, mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, insects, spiders and more. There is only a small amount of information on each plant/animal, but it is great for identification and is extremely comprehensive in its coverage.
- The Essex Coastline – Then and Now (Fautley & Garon) – No longer in print but an essential text if you want a good history of the Essex stretch, giving a huge amount of information that other books miss out. If there is a book that I would have to recommend above any other, this would be it.
- Essex Coast Walk (Peter Caton) – A personal account of one man’s trek around the Essex coastline. It provides a mix of personal experience and fact.
Walking the Kent Coast from End to End (David Bathurst) – It does what it says on the cover, giving intricate detail on the path, but perhaps not as much history as I would have liked.
The Saxon Shore Way (Sillitoe & Godwin) – As much of the Kent Coast is on the Saxon Shore Way, this is a very good book to have.
A Tour ALong the Sussex Coast (David Arscott) – Gives bite-sized commentary on some of the main features on this stretch of coastline.