Historic Cumbria - Off The Beaten Track

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With over 14 million visitors each year, you may think it’s odd to describe Cumbria as undiscovered, but the reality is the majority of those 14 million visitors return time and again to the same, well-trodden spots. This book turns the spotlight away from the tourist honey-pots, and on to the hidden gems that are so often missed.

From exploring a breathtaking viaduct – the remnant of an industrial past, the paths will take in some of the 182 miles of the spectacular Cumbria Coastal Way – often overlooked in favour of the high fells. Through these routes, the religious and social history that is woven along the Cistercian Way will be discovered, and the search for golden eagles in a beautiful, secluded valley, awash with Roman history.

Historic Cumbria: Off the Beaten Track whisks the reader away to untold medieval tales, to rarely seen vistas of Cumbria’s rugged landscapes, and reveals how people have marked their existence on the region’s hills, valleys and coasts.

The authors

Beth & Steve returned to Steve’s roots in Cumbria in January 2011. What started out as an enthusiastic and popular blog developed into a strong following across social media and led to writing and photography commissions for a variety of magazines and websites. They currently work with a range of organisations and publications including Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Lancashire Walks and Wildlife Magazine and the Camping and Caravanning Club.

They take particular joy in escaping the crowds to discover the paths less trodden and sights less seen. As experienced hikers they tackle the outdoors in all weathers to find the spectacular and the dramatic be that a far reaching panorama or a tiny ecosystem hidden away within limestone crags. They’ve also taken a keen interest in the history and geology of the region.

235 x 165mm
96 pages
180 illustrations




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