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

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A new vision of the Lakes as a capsule history of the kingdom as a whole, with its ambivalent approach to 'nature' (worshipful but predatory), its rapacious extraction of resources, its many migrations and, inevitably, class.

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. The flip side to that is that these pages are so winsome – the best beer garden in the county, the bluest fake nails on a barmaid, and so on – that (besides a bizarre liking for Bob Marley) this place could be inundated by Chesshyre fans. Whether this engages with the Insta crowd and the inappropriately-dressed selfie takers remains to be seen. This is the Lake District seen from its walking paths – with just a backpack, an open mind… and a spring in the step. The folk at Summersdale Publishers kindly sent us a copy of Lost in the Lakes, a new travel book by Tom Chesshyre which they thought might entertain us, and it did.

Take a Look at Our Summary of November Highlights, Whether You're Looking for the Latest Releases or Gift Inspiration Then there’s a fireplace-cum-stove. 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. Lyrical, witty and full of cheer, Lost in the Lakes avoids tales of heroic climbs in favour of the quieter – and oft-overlooked – story of everyday life in one of Britain’s rural honey-pots.

I like the author have ( probably ) hiked 379 miles ( although in my case over many years ) and it was great to read about the places I have also enjoyed.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. Across landscape that so inspired the Romantic poets, he takes in remote parts of the parkland that many tourists miss - enjoying encounters aplenty with farmers, fell runners and fellow hikers, while staying in shepherds' huts, bothies and old climbers' hotels along the way, and even going for a (chilly) dip in Derwentwater. A charming book, brimming with tender affection for this ‘magnificent… dreamy patchwork’ of peaks, tarns and ‘serpentine valleys… between soaring slopes’. Loved that he had a plan and stick to it - all his accommodation was pre-booked and he arrived everywhere he planned on foot.

Rebecca Lowe, journalist and author of The Slow Road to Tehran * Lyrical, witty and full of cheer, Lost in the Lakes avoids tales of heroic climbs in favour of the quieter - and oft-overlooked - story of everyday life in one of Britain's rural honey-pots. What is impressive though is that he had a plan and he stuck to it - so all his accommodation was pre-booked and he arrived everywhere when he planned to, doing it all on foot. He has written magazine pieces for Wanderlust, Geographical and Business Traveller - and contributes book reviews to the TLS. After reading politics at Bristol University and completing a journalism diploma from City University, he had stints at the Cambridge Evening News, Sporting Life and Sky Sports. 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.The Chalke History Festival announces a new name, new look, and tons for history buffs to get their teeth into!

To Hull and Back: On Holiday in Unsung Britain was published by Summersdale in July 2010, followed by Tales from the Fast Trains: Europe at 186 mph is published in July 2011. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. A good travelogue is the one that makes me open a map and check if I could visit those places and walk on those path. Calendar arrived safely in plastic-free packaging - which I've not seen before with a calendar, so kudos for that.Also felt bit repetitive by tje end - only so much many inns to drink in and hills to climb before you're looking longingly at the bookcase for your next read. 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. all the people who he spoke to say the same things, too many holiday homes, not enough people to work there and hardly anyone who is born there can afford to live in the lakes. But, seeing as here he totes Coke Zero and elsewhere online says he remembered the wine, just how did he lubricate his night in the bothy? He freelanced for the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, wrote a column for Conde Nast Traveller, and contributed to the Express, the Guardian, and the Independent, before working on the travel desk of the Times.

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