With a flavour of each of the main Lakeland valleys, and time to stop and wonder at their charms, the walk described in this book leads quickly away from the busy tourist centres to the quiet pleasures of the fell country. Designed as a scenic tour of the Lake District, the route is primarily one of valleys and passes, rather than a tick list of peaks attained. The shepherds and drovers chose their paths well, logical links from one valley to the next, and many of these ancient ways have been chosen for this walk. All footpaths and bridleways used are on established rights of way. The walk starts at the railway terminus at Windermere town, quickly leaving the crowds behind and passes through Ambleside, the Langdale valley, Coniston, Dunnerdale, Eskdale, Wasdale, Ennerdale, Buttermere, Newlands Valley, Keswick, Borrowdale, Grasmere then Ullswater, before returning back to Windermere via the Troutbeck valley.
'This scenic Tour takes the walker away from the crowds and into some of the best of the Lakeland landscape. I particularly liked the graphs which are with every walk and show you clearly the height and distance you will walk. There is also invaluable information advising you about what to take, when to go, where to go, accommodation etc etc etc. Jim Reid has written a lovely guidebook which is designed to take the sting out of the lengthy and often tedious preparations necessary for walking in the Lakes. His is an inspirational guidebook born of his own love and deep understanding of this beautiful district.' (Keswick Reminder / April 07)'This book describes a circular multi-day tour of the English Lake District. Using mainly low-level routes, it brings the walker through a selection of the busy "classic" areas and many of the quieter corners. There are also high-level options for those seeking a more challenging experience.All stages and day walks are well described and are accompanied by a detailed OS map of the walk. There is very useful information at the start of the guide for planning a trip and lots of colour photos to inspire.'(Irish Mountain Log / Summer 2007)'This new 93 mile tour takes the idea of a typical European mountain trek and adapts it to the Lake District. The author has sub-divided his route into 12 stages, there are 5 high-level alternatives that take the walker over the main peaks and also 9 half-day walks that can be undertaken from points along the route.The author spent two years researching and writing the book whilst he was a warden at one of the Lake District youth hostels.'(Strider / August 2007)'For years I've had every intention of working out a 7-10 day backpacking route in the Lake District, visiting my favourite tops and valleys and staying away from towns and villages as much as possible.Being rather slothful by nature I've often dreamed the route but never put it down on paper. Now, Jim Reid has beat me to it, and I'm grateful to him for that for what he's produced, as someone probably much more familiar with the Lakes than I am, is a wonderfully scenic tour that takes the backpacker away from the crowds and into some of the best of the Lake District hills.The route itself is 93-miles in length and Jim has divided it into 12 sections. That's not a bad walk at all, and I reckon I could fit into a week. Now, when can I go?'(TGO / October 2007)Check out the review on the following website:Cumberland News
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