A detailed touring guide for the Lake District, the result of a year’s research.
This was my first fully fledged guidebook (apart from the walking guides I'd written previously). It was in the days when travel writers were given full expenses to research guidebooks, and I made numerous visits, anonymous hotel inspections and researched dozens of tourist attractions and devised walks that are worth crossing the country for.
Long out of print, and though it’s not in the style I’d write this sort of book nowadays, much of it is still valid – with a thoughtful update and journalistic rewrite it could be an interesting one to revive.
The book covered accommodation, places to visit, local history and the best low-level and fell walks in the national park. It moved from one locality to the next, with a local map for each few pages in the main part of the Guide, and my hand-drawn maps for the 25 featured walks.
Val Campbell wrote the introductory chapters. I covered the whole region, including a detailed guide to walking in the area.
At the time, Which? Books had the policy of putting 'Edited by' instead of 'Written by' on the covers of their books, so rather curiously I'm shown as the editor rather than the author.
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