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The Lure of the Lake District:
Places, People & Passions by Steve Goodier
Steve Goodier, born in 1962, is a freelance
outdoor writer who specialises in the Lake
District, Yorkshire and Scotland. He is a
keen fellwalker and adventurer, producing
regular articles for several national monthly
magazines. His 25-year passion for the Lake
District is explored in depth in this book.
The book is divided into five distinct sections. The
first, ‘A Love of the Lakes’, begins with an account
of those earliest fellwalkers who documented their
walks thereby introducing the general public to the
hills. He then introduces the idea of fellwalking in all
seasons and expounds delights such as night-walking
and sitting on a summit to watch the sun rise.
The second section, ‘Lost Lakeland’, tells of lesserknown
places worth visiting; fell tops such as Iron
Crag (otherwise known as Ennerdale Fell) and Great
How (north of Thirlmere), and hidden valleys such
as Southerndale to the north of Carl Side and
Shoulthwaite Gill near Thirlmere. In the next section,
‘Lakeland Oddities’, Steve introduces us to the thrills
of gill-dipping, looking for aircraft crash sites, and
making the most of the lower fells. ‘Peak Profiles’,
the fourth section, contains reflections on visits to
several of the less-frequented fells, with the routes
described likely to make readers reach for their
maps. Throughout these four sections Steve uses
reminiscent anecdotes to illustrate his adventures.
The final section is entitled ‘Lakeland Literature’.
Here he encourages the reader to enhance the
enjoyment of the fells and lakes by building a library
of Lakeland books. He selects books from a number
of authors including Coleridge and the lesser known
H. H. Symonds, W. T. Palmer and novelist Graham
Sutton, as well as illustrated books by the artist W. H.
Cooper, giving a brief résumé of their life and work.
This could soon have you scouring the rare-book
shops or Internet for copies.
Although this book would probably not serve
as an introduction to fellwalking for the novice,
it demonstrates many alternative and unusual
adventures that, with careful planning and correct
equipment, are possible for the more experienced
walker. Steve Goodier hopes to ‘inspire you to go
out and try some of the ideas yourself’ even if ‘they
may be a little unorthodox’.
aving said that, this book will be of interest to
all lovers of the Lake District, walkers and nonwalkers
reviewed by Jennifer McGuigan -
Member No. 1325