The Story of the English Lake District

4.80 out of 5
(5 customer reviews)


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This large-format (27 x 21 cm (10½ by 8¼ inches)) soft-back book with over 350 pages and 500 colour photos tells the story of the Lake District landscape and its people. From the formation of the first rocks 500 million years ago and the arrival of the first people 8,000 years ago, we trace the interaction between man and his environment to produce the beautiful and entrancing landscape we see today.

It is a story about volcanoes and Vikings, forests and flying saucers, Wainwright and Wordsworth, rugby league and rights of way, standing stones and sticky toffee pudding, monasteries and mint cake and much, much more!

The story is told in the form of a long walk around the Lake District, so that items of interest can be discussed as they arise, but this doesn’t mean that you have to do the walk to enjoy the book!

To give you an idea what the book is really like, the Introduction and a sample chapter are available to read below.


Chapter 7


It is the author’s hope that anyone who loves the Lakes will find something in the book that will amuse, enthuse, encourage and maybe even inspire you to discover more about one of Europe’s iconic landscapes.

For now at least, the book is not available in bookshops. At £25 (plus £3.50 towards postage and packing (UK only)) the book would make an ideal gift – to a loved one or, of course, to yourself! The first 100 copies will be numbered and signed by the author – well, you never know, it might be worth a fortune one day. (And if it’s not, I’m sure it will come in handy for sticking underneath a wonky table leg.) And, if you don’t want a signed copy, just let me know and you can have one just as nature intended instead.

PS If you want any further information about the book, just fill in the form on the Contact page or give me a call on 07967 609802.

PPS Postage and packing on this book is £3.50 for UK 2nd class post. For UK first class and for postage and packing to non-UK destinations, please contact me.

5 reviews for The Story of the English Lake District

  1. Kathryn Unsworth
    4 out of 5


    Having a long-standing love of the Lake District this book really appealed to me. I imagined I would dip in and out but actually found that I couldn’t put it down! Having read the whole thing I can say that it’s packed with interesting information. You don’t have to follow the walks to enjoy it and the way it’s organised means that you can easily go back and revisit sections.

  2. Alun Newby
    5 out of 5


    Every time I walk in the Lakes I ponder on the multitude of landscape features at every turn. I sorely test my wife’s patience as I quiz her on her special interest: geology. Then I bore her silly with my musings about the old mine workings and the rationale behind building dry stone walls in a vertical direction. And we are both fascinated by the history and wildlife as we walk. So thanks Pete, for answering all the questions. The next walk in the Lakes will be undertaken with an improved appreciation of what is around us.

  3. Fred Morris
    5 out of 5


    I have just finished reading Peter Jacksons book “The English Lake District the first 500 million years”. It is a brilliant publication, full of facts about the area in addition to the walk descriptions. The way that he has linked together each chapter ( one days walk ) to create a huge sixty day walk around the district is amazing. He must have spent a long time researching the details contained in the book especially the walk routes and the history, I certainly know much more about the Lake District than I did before. Thank you Peter for providing me with such a great read.

  4. Gerry Frizzelle
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I am in the unusual position of posting a review for a book that, beyond a couple of chapters, I have not yet had a chance to read but, despite this, I confidently give it a five-star rating. Having bought it as a xmas present for my partner, since she unwrapped it on christmas day it has displaced all other reading for her. The book uses a series of contiguous walks as a vehicle on which to hang wonderfully erudite detail about every corner and aspect of the Lake District. History, topography, geology, weather and pretty much everything else all get a look-in. The bonus – which more than justifies the £25 price – is that the whole thing is beautifully presented and bound, with excellent (and excellently reproduced) photographs. It is a classic-to-be and Mr Jackson and his publishers should be extremely proud of their achievement.

  5. Alex Clark
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    There are numerous books about the Lake District but this is undoubtedly one of the best. It is packed full of interesting details and facts incorporated in a connected series of day walks covering features such as geography, geology, history, local personalities and legends and much more. The time spent on research must have been substantial. The book is illustrated by numerous photographs and is beautifully produced. Highly recommended.
    Ordered on-line and received promptly and well packaged.

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