England & Wales Island Bagging by Lisa Drewe is a stunning and informative guide to the islands of England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. It is ideal for swimmers, kayakers, adventure travellers, wildlife spotters and ice cream connoisseurs.
Go on an inspirational and fascinating coastline journey – familiar islands are visited, such as Lundy and the Isle of Wight; others are less well known, such as Gewni in Pembrokeshire and Coquet Island in Northumberland. Almost 300 islands are included, from larger, populated islands to remote, uninhabited islets – some can be reached by foot at low tide, others have ferry services, and some you will need your own transport, or be content to view them from the mainland.
Once you've found your island this book introduces you to the best sites on the island to appreciate: hidden beaches and coves, the tastiest local food and the wildlife that can be seen in the locality. Watch the Cemlyn Bay terns on Anglesey, go paddleboarding around Mersea Island in Essex, walk in the footsteps of pilgrims on Lindisfarne in Northumberland, or enjoy ice cream from one of the smallest dairy herds in the country on St Agnes in the Isles of Scilly … it's all there to be enjoyed in England & Wales Island Bagging.
Lisa Drewe is a self-confessed islomaniac, having explored over 350 islands of the British Isles in the last ten years. Initially balancing a career in the civil service with international travel to the mountains, islands and coffee shops of the world, she moved back to what was closest to her heart – spending more time exploring and understanding the natural world and protecting it through her work as Chair of Whale and Dolphin Conservation. In the depths of winter, she lives on the Isle of Skye, writes, and continues to build her website, a free online guide to the islands of the British Isles. Any other time she is ‘out of office’ and exploring the British Isles with husband Charlie and Goose the spaniel, along with enjoying family life in Wiltshire. Her first book, Islandeering: Adventures around the Edge of Britain’s Hidden Islands, won the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild’s guidebook of the year in 2020.