The Lake District – DVDs, Guides and Photos

December 15, 2010

It was around this time last year that I mentioned 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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Grasmere Church, etching by David Law (1831-1902)

January 21, 2010

The picture below of St. Oswald’s Church, Grasmere, is new to me today. This morning I was looking around one of the sites that I sometimes promote as a source of wall posters when I spotted a set of etchings that I’d never previously noticed. Grasmere Church, etching by David Law David Law (1831-1902) was […]

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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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Ullswater and Glenridding – Walking Country

November 18, 2009

The header photo both of this blog and our “English Lakes” site is of Ullswater. The second largest body of water in the Cumbrian Lake District, Ullswater is much less commercialised than the larger Windermere. There are few significant centres of human habitation. At the northeastern end of the lake is the small village of […]

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Wainwright Walks 1 & 2: Half-price at Amazon

November 12, 2009

I’ve just noticed this morning that have the Wainwright Walks complete BBC series 1 & 2 presented by Julia Bradbury on offer at half price for the DVD boxed set. (Click on the box) This would be a great gift for someone who loves the English Lake District, or even for someone who needs […]

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Thirlmere Before The Forest

November 9, 2009

On our main Lake District web site there is a picture, from a painting by Alfred Heaton Cooper, of Thirlmere before the forest. That views the lake from the western bank and looks toward Helvellyn and the southern end of the recently enlarged reservoir.  I’ve now found in my postcard collection a view in the […]

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Derwent Water On A Cloudy Day – photo

October 24, 2009

I was trawling Twitter for Lake District tweets this morning, and came across this beautiful photograph of Derwentwater on a cloudy day by Will Downing. It captures the atmosphere so well that it makes me regret that I’m sitting here in Nottinghamshire more than 200 miles away from Cumbria, and not able just to leave […]

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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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