The English Lakes

The English Lakes

A History

Book - 2010
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For more than two hundred years the Lake District has been regarded as one of the most beautiful regions of England. Today, with in excess of 20 million visitors every year from across Britain and abroad, it continues to exercise a powerful hold on the imagination and, despite its popularity, has managed to retain its natural beauty and tranquility. But what is the source of its magnetic attraction and how did it come to exert such a spell?
Ian Thompson, who grew up in nearby Barrow-in-Furness and went fell-walking from an early age, is well equipped to reveal the region's special allure. He tells how it was the chance combination of a fascination with the Alps and the outbreak of the Napoleonic wars that provided the spark for a national and later international obsession. And in brief, elegant chapters he shows how Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey and De Quincey transformed the perception of the region from one of 'horrid mountains' to 'vales of peace'.
Artists, guides, climbers, conservationists and story tellers, including J.M.W. Turner, John Ruskin, Harriet Martineau, Beatrix Potter, O.G. Jones, Arthur Ransome and the great twentieth-century populariser of fell-walking, Alfred Wainwright, have each in their different ways added to our perception of this cherished place.
Crammed with fascinating detail and illustrated with Thompson's own superb colour photographs and more than 50 illustrations, The English Lakes is sheer delight.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, c2010
ISBN: 9780747598381
Branch Call Number: 942.78 THO 2010
Characteristics: 343 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm


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Jan 09, 2011

Not as much geography as I would have liked.

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