Books

Change Comes to Around-England

November 15, 2014

After 6½ years here online Around-England is to become the central hub of a small galaxy of websites, both existing and new. Following something of a hiatus from mid-2013 until recently (due to health issues) I am now in the process of reviving my entire network of North of England websites. All are being relaunched […]

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Lake District Christmas Gifts – Great Reductions

December 8, 2011

Here are three special gift suggestions with substantial price reductions. These, and other items on the Amazon.co.uk site, will either save you money or enable you to buy something better than expected with what you intended to spend. Houses of The Lake District is a new, beautifully produced volume that will delight any lover of […]

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Artist of the Lakes and Dales – and Pendle

September 9, 2011

Yesterday I was in Lancashire attending the funeral of an old friend, and driving from the church to the cemetery passed the studio of landscape artist Keith Melling. I’ve admired his work for many years. For decades he has painted the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and his home turf, that beautiful area around Pendle […]

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The Lake District – DVDs, Guides and Photos

December 15, 2010

It was around this time last year that I mentioned Amazon.co.uk having Julia Bradbury’s “Wainwright Walks” DVDs (2 series from the BBC) on sale at half price.  Just now I was checking for some new Lake District products and spotted that they’re still available this year at that excellent price. Looking a little further I […]

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Lake District Mountain Landscape, Alastair Lee

December 6, 2010

Today I’m turning my attention back to the English Lake District and a book published earlier this year that would make an excellent gift for anyone who loves this most beautiful corner of England. In “Lake District Mountain Landscape” Alastair Lee has produced a remarkable assembly of outstanding views of the Cumbrian fells and mountains. […]

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Book of the Week: Lake District Panoramas

January 19, 2010

Usually when I recommend a Lake District book it’s one that I already own myself. I prefer to do this so that the blog does not degenerate into an undiscriminating commercialism. Today, though, I’m making an exception. Although I’ve seen and admired Mark Denton’s The Lake District: The Panoramas on a number of occasions, for […]

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Landscapes of the Ribble, by Andy Latham

January 15, 2010

I have written several times recently about the River Ribble and its tributaries, especially the Hodder. Now, here is a new book to enjoy. The Ribble is substantially a Lancashire river, but in fact rises in the heights above the Yorkshire Dales. These are outstanding landscapes, walking-country par excellence, from the bleakness of the river’s origins […]

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Joss – Fell Runner of Wasdale

October 23, 2009

The end of last month saw the launch of a biography of Joss Naylor, the legendary Lake District fell runner from Wasdale. He’s a man of 73 now, but in his early years was a pioneer of some of the roughest running in Britain. He once ran 72 Lake District fells inside 24 hours.  And […]

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Lake District Landscape Photography

November 10, 2008

For many years I’ve admired the photographs of W A Poucher (1891-1988), showing the beauties of the Lake District from many different aspects – and of course, his many illustrated guides covered far more than the Lakeland mountains.  His was a lover of the high places of all the countries in our islands. Now there’s […]

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Windermere and the Ice Age

September 1, 2008

It was the year before I was married. (I’ll let you work out when that was; I’m just indicating that it was well within living memory). Windermere was frozen over for several weeks during that winter, and for the first time in many years it was safe to skate over large areas of its surface. […]

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