ESCAPE TO THE LAKES: A Cumbria Guide


ESCAPE TO THE LAKES: A Cumbria Guide

ROBERT GAMBLES    Book Number: 90757    Product format: Paperback

Lakeland Book of the Year Award winner 2012, this new edition includes additional colour illustrations by the celebrated Cumbrian photographer Val Corbett. Alive and swarming with tourists, in 1800 Samuel Coleridge the poet complained that the Lakes had become a fashionable adventure for the upper classes, anxious to escape the suffocating towns. Here Robert Gambles portrays what it was like to be a tourist in those days. Visitors were warned that the country was 'wild, barren and frightful', but guidebooks took them to picturesque beauty spots, ancient stone circles, spa resorts and the first tourist attractions. The Victorian lady sketched, studied botany, walked to distant waterfalls, and climbed the highest fells. We go back to a time of crinolines swelling on the mountains, waddling in the waters, a chain of amusements, fleas in the beds as a whole generation of gentlefolk took to the roads. 'Ith neame o'fackins wot a broughtin yoa here?' Eight pages of delightful modern colour plates and a plethora of archive images, pen and ink drawings and sketches throughout and even a short book of botany, there are images of early fell walkers, Wray Castle, Dorothy Wordsworth and the floating island of Derwentwater. 172pp, paperback.
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Brilliant!