Lost in the Lakes: Notes from a 379-Mile Hike Around the Lake District

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Lost in the Lakes: Notes from a 379-Mile Hike Around the Lake District

Lost in the Lakes: Notes from a 379-Mile Hike Around the Lake District

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The best travel writing is about people as much as places, and the best way to meet the people who inhabit or visit a place is on foot. From barmaids to town mayors, Chesshyre lends an inquiring ear to everyone who crosses his path, resulting in a delightful portrait of a community that is proud of its past but unsure of its future. OK, Wordsworth and everyone and their dog since have written one of the 50,000 books about the Lakes and you can still find yourself alone, but I will not be alone in wanting to follow the list of hostelries mentioned as one 370-mile long pub crawl. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. From Penrith and back, via Ullswater, Keswick, Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Eskdale, Coniston, Grasmere and Windermere, plus many places in between, Tom Chesshyre puts on his walking boots and sets forth along the trails in a “big wobbly circle”, drawn onwards by the dramatic scenery that attracts more than 19 million visitors each year.

all the people who he spoke to say the same things, too many holiday homes, not enough people to work there and hardly anyone who is born there can afford to live in the lakes.Neither travel guide nor gushing panegyric, Lost in the Lakes is a book for the everyday ambler: gentle, slow-paced and sweetly uplifting at every turn. Together they sum up a region whose problems are many, but whose enchantments are still unmatched for walkers in these islands. This is a Lake District as lived, and not as seen on a day hike – there are trips to extinct quarries with their exhibitions of the industrial plant of the region, there are encounters with people decommissioning Sellafield. mile - that's 904,271 steps over 32 days - odyssey, during which he finds himself falling in love all over again with this remote wilderness.

The folk at Summersdale Publishers kindly sent us a copy of Lost in the Lakes, a new travel book by Tom Chesshyre which they thought might entertain us, and it did. Ride traffic free paths along the River Wharfe and Swale stopping for river swims and picnics in sun-dappled woodlands.Tom Chesshyre’s 379-mile hike through the English Lake District proves the point admirably: ‘I wanted the random to rule in Lost in the Lakes. He has written magazine pieces for Wanderlust, Geographical and Business Traveller - and contributes book reviews to the TLS. We also use them to help detect unauthorized access or activity that violate our terms of service, as well as to analyze site traffic and performance for our own site improvement efforts. I like the author have ( probably ) hiked 379 miles ( although in my case over many years ) and it was great to read about the places I have also enjoyed. Lyrical, witty and full of cheer, Lost in the Lakes avoids tales of heroic climbs in favour of the quieter - and oft-overlooked - story of everyday life in one of Britain's rural honey-pots.

In his amiable and relaxed company we climb the fells and skirt the lakes; just as engagingly, we meet a carnival of characters whose personalities and opinions are the real focus of Chesshyre's tale. Tom Chesshyre is no brash Wainwright-bagger, but instead a relaxed, affable guide who takes us on a ‘big wobbly circle’ of a stroll around all sixteen main lakes: an impressive 379 miles in all. Just remember to take a camping mat and some fuel… and you can stay in a bothy without any bother at all. But, seeing as here he totes Coke Zero and elsewhere online says he remembered the wine, just how did he lubricate his night in the bothy?Not for him the chocolate box guide, but a grittier account of his travails, and his travels, on a journey of self-discovery. Wordsworth expressed similar concerns at the beginning of the nineteenth century, and the paradox of popularity has been a concern ever since, but it’s particularly powerful to hear it from the people who are most affected. If it becomes just a playground for visitors, with no local character, what is the point of preserving it? Loved that he had a plan and stick to it - all his accommodation was pre-booked and he arrived everywhere he planned on foot.

Rides graded from easy to challenging, with best pubs and tea stops, wild swims, finest viewpoints and accommodation too. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. A charming book, brimming with tender affection for this ‘magnificent… dreamy patchwork’ of peaks, tarns and ‘serpentine valleys… between soaring slopes’. For more infomation please review our use of cookies in our Cookie Policy and then Accept and Close this bar.The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. Pay in 4 is a form of credit, so consider whether you can afford the repayments as use of the product may impact your credit score.

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