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The home of, and inspiration to, numerous authors over the past few hundred years the Lake District in England is a popular destination for book lovers.
In this article I have compiled a selection of books about the Lake District (or books set in the Lake District) for everyone young and old. Included are some favourite children’s classics which have been stood the test of time. Who doesn’t love Mrs Tiggywinkle and Peter Rabbit!
No list would be complete without a selection of Lake District walking guide books and in particular Wainwright walks books!
A perfect introduction to the Lake District this book by bestselling author Christopher Winn is a great choice for anyone wanting to find out more before they go. Take a journey through the Lake District and discover the people and places that make it so special.
No selection of books about the Lake District would be complete without the appearance of the poet William Wordsworth. He was born in Cockermouth and spent his life in the Lake District drawing inspiration from the area. If you are a fan of Wordsworth’s poetry a visit to Dove Cottage his home in Grasmere is a must for your Lake District itinerary.
Wordsworth is not the only literary genius associated with the Lake District. Ths books is an invaluable guide for those with an interest in the writers, poets and novelists who have also been inspired by the beauty of the area.
All the walks in this book are five miles or under in length and can easily be completed in less than three hours.
The book details 20 walks with clear maps to show the route and easy to follow walk descriptions.
This boxed set contains all seven of the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells by A. Wainwright. For this Anniversary edition the pages were freshly reproduced from the original artwork and printed and bound to match the original books as closely as possible.
This magnificent collection celebrates the artist behind some of the world’s most beloved children’s books, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tailor of Gloucester, and The Tale of Two Bad Mice.
Full of famous images and rarely seen gems—including early sketches of the now famous rabbit family—this monograph explores Beatrix Potter’s artistic process and reveals the places in the British Isles (including the Lake District) that inspired her timeless work. Organised geographically this collection features more than 200 images.
This collection of 12 books in the Swallows and Amazons series written by Arthur Ransome include Winter Holiday, Peter Duck, Swallows and Amazons, Swallowdale, Coot Club, and Pigeon Post. Fun and games on the Lakes for the Walker children.
Classic tales from a world before social media and iPads!
More travel inspiration (and reading)
I am sure you will have found one or two Lake District books of interest in this selection. If you like reading about places you are planning to visit you will enjoy my guide to travel books for various countries and places around the world.
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