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The title of this book is a real give away to both its tone and content. It's full of quirky and little known facts, delivered with a dry humor.

The book is split into sections in a variety of ways - the larger lakes get their own chapters, the smaller lakes are grouped by region and in some cases the chapters follow the flow of a river. Each person seems to have a different view of the Lakes, and this arrangement has as much merit as any other - although I am sure that that Wainwright would have said his system was the best!

This book contains such facts (or possibly factoids) as : the Cumberland Pencil produces 500,000 pencils a week, in the Middle Ages Whitehaven was the second largest port in western England, Walney Island is the model for Isle of Sodor and that Holy Trinity Church in Kendal is the widest church in England. Whether such knowledge would improve a visit to the Lakes is debatable - but they are all worthwhile snippets to be produced at the conversational hour of your deepest need!

The book is illustrated with some rather fine ink drawings which add greatly to the quality of the book. The final section contains a Gazetteer of places to visit that are open to the public. This section is organsied along ths same lines as the main part of the book.

I don't suppose that it was ever the author's intention that the book would be read from cover to cover in more of less one go, but I admit that's what I did. It's more likely to be used as a book to dip into when you happen to already be in one of the regions described. It could also be used to help plan visits to a number of places that are off the main stream tourist track if you wish to find the UK largest collection of owls or some examples of fine topiary!

This is a charming little book, recommended to those who wish to explore the Lakes a little more - you could already live there, be planning to visit or simply be missing a place that you love, but in this book you will find things that interest you.

Recommended.
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on 1 February 2011
Sent this to a friend who enthused about the information contained in this book. Although she had lived in the Lake District for several years, she found the book very interesting and packed with detail. A good read and useful for pub quizes!
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on 11 December 2011
A great book from a whole series of them. Unusual facts and stories to appeal to all particularly those with an interest in history. Ideal for the person who has everything.
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on 13 September 2014
Big fans of the lake district being going there for years. Buttermere is my favourite place ever. On saying that the book was so very interesting it related information that we just did not know about. The story about the Fish Inn was amazing.
Well done, a great read.
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on 19 August 2010
Definitely disappointing. Very little I didn't know already and too brief in description to be of much use. Its OK to buy if you are just finding out about the Lakes but not recommended for an existing Lakeland lover.
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on 19 August 2015
100% excellent, just fantastic with interesting pieces of information about the lakes, got a few plans to go and see some of them when we return in September,
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on 2 January 2014
Great book which I gave to my dad for Christmas. He has really enjoyed reading it and finding out bits and pieces that he didn't already know!
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on 17 February 2015
Never really grabbed me. Expected more local stories from around the area and got bored with the constant referals to wordsworth and his family and friends from long ago, where they lived who visited etc etc. Wanted lakeland history in general, mixed with more modern anecdotes. Major letdown, and found myself skipping pages in boredom.
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on 4 June 2013
I've bought this for my father for Father's Day - having had a quick look through I'm sure he'll love it!
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on 3 February 2011
A lot of information about the Lake Dirstict as you would expect from the title.
But to my mind there was much too much space devoted to details about the hills, walking and Wainwright.
There was not enough trivia about the towns, villages, lakes and in general.
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