The Top 10 Best Books for Adventure Lovers

Are you longing for the fun, thrill, excitement and awe of adventure? Then these are the books for you!
Adventure Lovers

At Dorset Adventure Park, we want to provide the opportunity for action and adventure in the great outdoors, with all the exhilaration and education it brings.

Dive into these great stories until you can come and dive into our lakes again. These tales of trials, tribulations, daring, determination, humour and insight will open the wonders of the world up to you once more.

Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air recalls the true account of the shocking 1996 Everest expedition disaster. As a journalist for Outside Magazine, Krakaur was part of the ill-fated team and one of the few who lived to tell the tale. A controversial, insightful and breathtaking book.

Step by Step

Step by Step by Simon Reeve

In this memoir Reeve gives us a first hand account of some of his greatest adventures. This book offers a deeper story of the journey of his life, from leaving school without qualifications, being at his lowest and overcoming his challenges, step by step. Follow in these footsteps as they take you through jungle, desert, war and wonder.


Departures by Anna Hart

In this warm, witty, inspiring book, Journalist Anna Hart brings you over ten years of knowledge and escapades as a travel writer. A book that is both joyful and also a hugely practical guide to travel and adventure. Hart offers honest candor and a glimpse across the globe within a single book.

Wind Sand and Stars

Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

This lyrical autobiography from the author of The Little Prince, centers around his extraordinary survival story of Saint-Exupery’s crash in the Libyan Desert in 1936. This beautiful book explores the poetic power of overcoming and enduring the obstacles in life. Saint- Exupery was one of the first to soar through the skies, sailing through clouds like waves upon an endless sea. Tragically Saint-Exupery’s plane disappeared during a mission in World War II. It is his books that remain as a shining star of those skies.

The perfect storm

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

Stare into the face of one of the worst storms in history, from the perspective and accounts of the fishing vessels and communities it hit. A story as simple as the ancient battle between humans and the merciless, bountiful, indifferent, beautiful sea. A lyrical lament to the 72ft swordfishing boat Andrea Gail and her crew of eight. An unrelenting, vivid and mesmerising tale.

The Salt Path

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

This best-selling memoir follows the footsteps of Winn and her husband Moth, as they teeter on the precipice of grief, despair, hope, adventure and affirmation. Walking the entire 630 miles of the South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall, all the beauty and brutality of life is laid bare. An unforgettable story about the healing power of nature and the homes we make in each other.

The Worst Journey

The Worst Adventure in the World, by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

The account of the most famous and disastrous arctic adventure in history. Told from one of the youngest members of Robert Scott’s 1910 Terra Nova team and later part of the attempted rescue party. Full of scientific discovery, human endurance, peril, extreme adventure and a portrait of one of the wildest landscapes on this earth. An unforgettable tale and adventure that shaped history and inspired futures.


Walking The Himalayas by Levison Wood

The book that will ‘appeal to the adventurer in us all’ written by one of Britain’s best adventurers and storytellers. Follow ex-paratrooper Levison Wood as he crosses the roof of the world. Wood takes you off the beaten track and tourist trail, walking through history, danger and discovery. A tale of almost hidden worlds, endurance and the humanity and kindness found in those worlds and especially, people.


A Walk in The Woods by Bill Bryson

Join Bill Bryson as he hikes the longest continuous footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail. A book that will simultaneously make you laugh out loud, appreciate just how comfortable your pillow is and want to strap on your walking boots! This hilarious account takes you through 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness and it’s certainly no teddy-bears-picnic.

The pants of perspective

The Pants of Perspective by Anna McNuff

A ‘coming-of-age story which will lead you on a roller coaster ride through fear, vulnerability, courage and failure.’ A truly inspiring adventure book that is full of wit, vitality and cutting candor. In this woman’s choice to test her own capability and courage, you will find a companion that will call you to awaken your own. Discover just how far you can go and laugh along the way.

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