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Lakeland: A Personal Journey (Paperback)
  • Lakeland: A Personal Journey (Paperback)
  • Lakeland: A Personal Journey (Paperback)
Lakeland: A Personal Journey (Paperback)

Lakeland: A Personal Journey (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 02/04/2020
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Waterstones Says

One of our most experienced journalists pays fulsome tribute to the Lake District, an area whose fells and waterways have held him spellbound for decades. Highlighting esoteric local customs, rich cultural heritage and a bevy of colourful characters, Lakeland is a delight for all armchair travellers. 

'I don't know any tract of land in which in so narrow a compass may be found an equal variety of sublime and beautiful features'. So said the poet Wordsworth of England's Lake District, an area as rich in cultural associations as it is in beautiful scenery. Hunter Davies, who has spent every summer in the Lake District for nearly half a century, takes the reader on an engaging, informative and affectionate tour of the lakes, fells, traditions, denizens and history of England's most popular tourist destination. From the first discovery of Lakeland as a tourist destination in the 18th century, to the tale of the Maid of Buttermere, to the poet Coleridge's ascent of Scafell Pike in 1802, to such enduring local traditions as Cumberland wrestling and hound trailing, Hunter Davies brings England's Lake District memorably and informatively to life.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781789545586
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

I absolutely adored Lakeland. Lucky Lake District to have such an inspired chronicler -- Jilly Cooper
Nicely produced and tastefully illustrated, the whole thing enchants from start to finish * The Times *
The generous illustrations to Lakeland are by turns beautiful and quirky. Engravings by artists of the Picturesque evoke the changing past of what Hunter Davies sums up as "a living place not a museum" * TLS *
This great little book brings the Lake District memorably to life * NFU Countryside *
Davies's easy, affable style makes his Lakeland a plum-pie delight of gossip, pictures and facts. This is one to treasure * WI Life *
Davies waxes lyrical about its famous sons and daughters * This is England *
A lovely read for everyone who loves the Lakes * Cumberland News *
A beautifully produced Lake District miscellany, informed by a lifetime's enthusiasm * TGO Magazine *

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“Lakeland by Hunter Davies”

At first glance this is an unassuming little book, with black and white illustrations. It’s a book I thought I would just dip into, but I have found myself reading the whole thing and finding it both interesting and... More

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“A history and a guidebook”

I read Hunter Davies book on the lakes published in the 1980's befoe my first trip there, and the vivid descriptions have stayed with me ever since. This book is a more compresensive look at the people and... More

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“Lakeland in all it’s quirky glory”

This was a fascinating read from page one. I am familiar with the Lake District, been there many times as a tourist, but this little book with its interesting illustrations takes you past the tourism for a real look... More

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