‘I don’t know any tract of land in which in so narrow a compass may be found an equal variety of sublime and beautiful features’.
So said the poet Wordsworth of England’s Lake District, an area as rich in cultural associations as it is in beautiful scenery.
Hunter Davies, who has spent every summer in the Lake District for nearly half a century, takes the reader on an engaging, informative and affectionate tour of the lakes, fells, traditions, denizens and history of England’s most popular tourist destination.
From the first discovery of Lakeland as a tourist destination in the 18th century, to the tale of the Maid of Buttermere, to the poet Coleridge’s ascent of Scafell Pike in 1802, to such enduring local traditions as Cumberland wrestling and hound trailing, Hunter Davies brings England’s Lake District memorably and informatively to life.
Praise for Hunter Davies
‘I absolutely adored Lakeland. Hunter Davies captures the breathtaking beauty of the Lake District and packs his history with wonderful gossipy details.’ Jilly Cooper
‘Affable, curious, unpretentious, never dull, Hunter is one of the most agreeable egomaniacs I know,’ Michael Palin
‘Everyone who has read Wainwright… will want this book’, Melvyn Bragg on Wainwright: The Biography
Hunter Davies is a prolific author, journalist and broadcaster. The author of a number of guides to the Lake District, as well as biographies of Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Wainwright, From 1987, he lived half of each year at his house in Loweswater.