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Millican Dalton: A Search for Romance and Freedom Paperback – 8 Mar 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Mountainmere Research; First edition (8 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954721306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954721305
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book has been a long time in coming. Millican Dalton was a local character who is bound to be remembered by many people in the area and his life deserves to be chronicled. Matthew Entwistle's book is packed with anecdotes and well-researched data on the life of this Professor of Adventure. Millican Dalton was born a Cumbrian of a well-to-do family and was educated at the Quaker Friends School in Wigton where he received his philosophy of life. A pacifist, vegetarian and an abstainer from intoxicating liquors he nevertheless enjoyed his chain-smoking and gallons of black coffee! His caveman life in the summertime in a disused slate quarry on the slopes of Castle Crag in Borrowdale made him a local eccentricity. However, he was a rock climber of international repute who led groups of walkers and climbers throughout the Lake District.
He was often to be seen on his homemade raft on the River Derwent and many photographs of his craft, his cave and numerous expeditions both in the Lakes and abroad are included in the book. He was also the subject of a comprehensive article in the Daily Mirror in January 1941 when he evacuated to his cave to avoid the bombing in the London area. He even wrote several letters to Winston Churchill in 10 Downing Street calling for an immediate end to WW2 as it was interfering with his liberty! He did not elicit any response.
This book is a very enjoyable read and a copy should find its way onto the bookshelves of every hotel and guest house in the area. I'm certain that this folklore will add interest for holiday makers and perhaps a visit to his cave on the Grange to Rosthwaite path will prove a joy for even the least adventurous walker." Joyce Wilson - Reviewer for the Keswick Reminder
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A well researched book about a character I only heard about by chance. He led a life true to himself that so few of manage to do and has cemented in my mind the belief that a simple life is a happy life.
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Excellent read for those of us who are secretive adventurers. Down to earth story that lightens the heart. The true 'Robinson Cruso' of the Lake District, who's life story sets a spark of magic in ones imagination.
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If you like eccentrics, and I do then you will enjoy this book. Millican Dalton,was a great British eccentric,we need people like him now more than ever. I am grateful to M D Entwistle for the time and reserch he has put into this book.
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If you love the lake district, then you need to read this.
Castle crag hermit...
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Buying a second copy to send to a friend.
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First class book.Well researched
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