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

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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. 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. This is the Lake District seen from its walking paths – with just a backpack, an open mind… and a spring in the step. We get what it was like to try and hike this hill, and some of the distances, but this is about the experience when you let a place reveal something of its heart – something arguably so few people do in the Lakes.

I'm not a great reader of travel books but one of my other interests is travelling by train and I recently read (and would also recommend) Stuart Campbell's Daniel Defoe's Railway Journey: A Surreal Odyssey Through Modern Britain.Our author chats to all the people he can – just the first couple of days alone he pops by so many eateries you fear for him ever managing to get to his digs for the night – and looks at what is making them tick. 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. If you have never been to The Lake District take a look at the pictures Tom has taken to share with his readers, you will literally want to step into the book and be transported there.

From Penrith to Ullswater, via Keswick, Cockermouth, Coniston, Grasmere and Windermere, plus many places in between, Tom Chesshyre puts on his walking boots and sets forth along the trails, drawn onwards by the dramatic scenery that attracts more than 19 million visitors each year. Please ensure that the details you use to enter the competition will be correct at the time the competition ends. It is the human encounters - fellow hikers friendly and not-so, get-off-my-land types and we-have-to-make-our-own-entertainment-here stoics, economic migrants, a bibulous local mayor - that make this book sing. Loved that he had a plan and stick to it - all his accommodation was pre-booked and he arrived everywhere he planned 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.

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. 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. A Serving of Crime with a Difference - You May Just Discover Something Unique, Different, or Unusual in These 20 Crime Novels.Explore towering mountains, wide-open valleys and magnificent lakes – stopping off at a cosy inn or two along the way – on a 379-mile hike around the Lake District.

You will have gathered by now that this is not really a guide to the Lakes but you will still learn a lot about the place and especially about its people, and hopefully you will also be entertained. WalkLakes recognises that hill walking, or walking in the mountains, is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. A charming book, brimming with tender affection for this ‘magnificent… dreamy patchwork’ of peaks, tarns and ‘serpentine valleys… between soaring slopes’. 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. He has written magazine pieces for Wanderlust, Geographical and Business Traveller - and contributes book reviews to the TLS.

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. Tom takes us on a journey to The Lake District and shows us all the beautiful and magnificent hikes you can do. 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. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged.

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