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

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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. Christopher Somerville , The Times Bob Mortimer wins 2023 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction with The Satsuma Complex Yet the cheapest of all nights – in the bothy – proves the most memorable of my month-long trip. 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. The map at the front of the book makes it easy to see where he is and where he is going and the chapters are broken down into the different places he visits.

This is a Lake District as lived, and not as seen on a day hike – there are trips to extinct quarries with their exhibitions of the industrial plant of the region, there are encounters with people decommissioning Sellafield. This is the Lake District for the casual rambler seen from its walking paths – with a backpack on, an open mind… and a spring in the step. Christopher Somerville, The Times * A charming book, brimming with tender affection for this 'magnificent. The author had an annoying way of seemingly poking fun at some the locals, mainly people who he met in passing. LoveReading has teamed up with Summersdale Publishers to give our readers a chance to win signed copies of Lost in the Lakes by Tom Chesshyre, Moderate Becoming Good Later by Toby and Katie Carr and The Race of Truth by Leigh Timmis.As presenter of The Bike Show on Resonance FM, he has brought his affable, infectious velophilia to London’s airwaves, attracting an enthusiastic worldwide audience via the popular podcast edition – now celebrating its one millionth download.

A lovely gentle, slow paced meander around the peaks, lakes and valleys of the Lake District - an impressive 379 miles of them.

Loved that he had a plan and stick to it - all his accommodation was pre-booked and he arrived everywhere he planned on foot. Had I done so, it would have been toasty and perfect, not that I had particularly minded with an engrossing book to read by candlelight – and a good bottle of red wine. I couldn't wait to get started on this read, I have been to the Lake District many times now and I am always blown away with the beauty of the place. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions.

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? I'm not a great reader of travel books but one of my other interests is travelling by train and I recently read (and would also recommend) Stuart Campbell's Daniel Defoe's Railway Journey: A Surreal Odyssey Through Modern Britain. By bidding on, or purchasing this item, you are agreeing to us sharing your name and address details with that 3rd party supplier to allow us to fulfil our contractual obligations to you. 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.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. 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. Wordsworth expressed similar concerns at the beginning of the nineteenth century, and the paradox of popularity has been a concern ever since, but it’s particularly powerful to hear it from the people who are most affected.

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. But while the author is not pretending to have surpassed recognisable logic with his mileage, and not claiming to have recognised the three-throated chiff-warbler by sound alone, this really is my kind of Lakes travel book. Thankfully Tom does not agree and in his book, like Stuart before him, he is if anything more interested in the people he meets than anything else although he still has many a Lakeland tale to tell which he does as he covers many miles, passing through a lot of towns and villages. His bagging of Scafell Pike for example was on a cold and windy day with clouds below so no views to speak of.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 perfect gift for the avid cyclist, the armchair explorer or the London family keen to escape by train. And while the latter is about to become the latest subject it's not that interesting to read years-old reportage on, it will never beat covid for that. 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.

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