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Lake District Reads

Literature is synonymous with the Lake District. Having been the location to inspire many well-known poets, authors and illustrators, the Lakes continues to draw creatives from all corners of the world. We’ve put together a list of our favourite Cumbrian books to set the scene for your Lake District holiday.

The Shepherds Life – James Rebanks

A Lake District author and shepherd, James documents a year in the life of a traditional sheep farmer. Glimpse inside the workings of a multi-generational farm where the land and its people work hand in hand. Steeped in history and knowledge, this book is must read for anyone wanting to better understand the traditional lives of Lakeland people, and what it takes to make a living off the harsh landscape.

Forty Farms – Amy Bateman

Fort Farms is a beautiful coffee table book packed with gorgeous photography. Telling the stories of forty Lakeland farms, Amy relays stories of tradition, culture, and farm life in an ever-changing world. Learn how these locals are facing the challenges of the modern world and adapting to survive.   

Wild Fell- Lee Schofield

Site manager at RSPB Haweswater, Lee writes with passion and conviction about the importance of conserving our wonderful landscape. Focusing on rewilding, and maintaining traditional practises, this book is an inspiring work focused on maintaining our wilderness through the challenges to come.

Lake District: Landscape and Geology – Ian Francis, Stuart Holmes, Bruce Yardley

Ever wondered about the geology that form this incredible landscape? From sharp crags to deep lakes and fast flowing rivers, this book explains how the landscape was formed over centuries and how it continues to evolve today. With illustrations and walking guides, you’ll find this a great companion for any inquisitive rambler.

Joss Naylor’s Lakes, Meres & Waters of The Lake District -Joss Naylor

A Lake District icon, Joss Naylor takes his audience on an incredible journey spanning an entire lifetime. From growing up and working in the Wasdale Valley, to becoming one of the country’s most iconic fell runners and creating records that stand unbeaten. Joss’s achievements will wow every reader and have you tying those laces and hitting the fells.

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