Change Comes to Around-England

by David Murray on 15 November 2014

in Books, General admin

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 under the Around-England banner and eventually sites relating to areas further south will be added.

The first stage of this revival concerns the bookselling and associated sites. Today I want to mention just two of these. In the near future I’ll say more about several of the others, including Lake District Gifts which, although it contains some excellent gift suggestions, needs bringing up to date..

The Lake District in Books

This is not strictly “new” as I’ve had a successful site with that name since mid-2011. However, it is now completely rebuilt using more advanced software and is relaunched with a changed (although very similar) Web address: The website at the old address will continue to function but will not be updated.

All the book categories of the old site are covered by the new one, from Lakeland landscape, travel guides and maps to transport and the historic industries of the Lake District. Walking books include not only Alfred Wainwright’s guides and the more recent Fellranger walking guides from Mark Richards but also a number of titles focused on the needs of particular groups of people such as dog walkers and families with children. And there’s much more, including this coming year’s Lake District calendars for 2015.

Britain through Books

This is a completely new venture, expanding beyond the Lake District and Northern England. Several of my travel sites (also part of the “revival project”) include either all of England or of Britain as a whole. These now will now be able to link to a parallel bookselling site.

I’m starting with the sections on the North and working down through England. There is already a fair number of titles about Wales, and Scotland will follow shortly. Take a look at what’s there already. There are also approaching two hundred 2015 calendars.

Lake District Accommodation

My Lake District hotel and holiday cottage sites are due for renovation during December. Meanwhile the hotel booking form at the top of the righthand column here provides for hotel reservations not only in England but worldwide, or click on the Sykes block.

Finally, although this site does not need a rebuild it does need a more regular flow of new content. Expect to see much about Lancashire over coming weeks.

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