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Welcome to the subject page for Outdoors Adventure & Environment.

This page has been compiled by your subject librarian and will help you to find information for your studies and research. It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction. 

Take a look at the Using the library pages for more general information about using our services.

Use OneSearch to find everything that the library has to offer including print books, electronic books, journals and moreā€¦

  • Books & Ebooks

    See OneList (online reading lists) for current lists of recommended reading for your course / modules..

    Books on outdoor and environmental topics are available from our library at the Ambleside campus. These can be borrowed in person, or reserved and sent to your UoC library of choice, via OneSearch.

    All ebooks, available via OneSearch, provide online access from any location. 

    Issues in Environmental Science and Technology - a specialist collection of ebooks in a series called 'Issues in Environmental Science and Technology'. Available on the shelves in Ambleside or via this link

    As well as text books for your course, we also have a selection of outdoor DVDs, climbing guides and the following maps (some for reference, some for loan):

    OS 1:25,000 

    OS 1:50,000 

    Harveys/BMC maps including summit maps 

    Mountain biking maps

    Fell Race maps

    Geological and Soil maps

    Sailing Charts

    See also our online mapping website - Digimap - to create customised, annotated maps





  • Journals & Eresources

    Individual Journals

    Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning - available in print in Ambleside Library or online

    Journal of Experiential Education - online

    Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education- online

    Horizons - in print in Ambleside Library or via the Institute of Oudoor Learning

    Australian Journal of Environmental Education - online

    Others available in the Ambleside Library include Mountain Biking, Climb, TGO and Trail


    Journal Collections

    Whilst OneSearch can provide a good starting point you may find searching the following individual collections of journals beneficial:


    Full text database, plus index and abstracts covering journal articles, monographs and theses on sport, sport medicine, fitness and related disciplines.

    Academic Search Complete

    A full text database of over 5,500 journals in most subject areas.


    Other databases that might be useful





    Marketing and Statistics:

    • Mintel Reports - market reports on leisure and travel sectors
    • Statista - statistics of all kinds from around the world

    Ordnance Survey, Geology and Historical Maps:

    Psychology and Sociology:

    More general databases:

  • Websites

    A selection of useful and reputable websites have been collected together for you here.  Obviously many more are available on the web but do make sure you evaluate all websites and any information you find in them before using them in your studies.

    Institute for Outdoor Learning

    Information on accreditation and development, job opportunities and publications.

    Association for Experiential Education

    The Association for Experiential Education (AEE) is a non-profit, professional membership association dedicated to experiential education and the students, educators and practitioners who utilise its philosophy.

    British Mountaineering Council

    Working for climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers in England and Wales. Features news, events, area updates, membership information and travel insurance.

    English Outdoor Council

    The English Outdoor Council is an umbrella body for organisations involved in the provision of outdoor education, recreation and development training.

    Sport England

    Sport England is the government agency responsible for building the foundations of sporting success, by creating a world-leading community sport environment of clubs, coaches, facilities and volunteers.