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Welcome the two new kids on the block - out April 2017

Trails with Tales - 10 fabulous intriguing walks around Arnside & Silverdale with awesome photos and lots of cake... 

NOW IN STOCK - £8.99 plus £2 P&P (If you want more than one book, or are outside the UK, email us HERE and we'll get you a quote for postage.)

Click on the button to get your copy - and do let us know if you'd like it signed.

Also available from bookshops and other outlets locally, and direct from the publishers with a 10% discount and POST FREE by calling 01524 840111 or visiting and using the code FPP

50 Gems of Cumbria - fascinating nuggets of history and a whole host of new places to discover.  

NOW IN STOCK - £13.49 plus £2 P&P (If you want more than one book, or are outside the UK, email us HERE and we'll get you a quote for postage.)

Click on the button to get your copy - and do let us know if you'd like it signed.

AND - not forgetting our first book Historic Cumbria Off the Beaten Track - still available to order directly from us.

(Cumbrian quiz answers at the bottom of this page - Scroll Down)


" original, well informed and entertaining guide." Cumbria Life magazine Feb 2016

"...a charming and enjoyable read which explores the history of some of the bits of Cumbria away from the honeypots."  The Great Outdoors magazine June 2016

Shortlisted Lakeland Book of the Year 2016

We're still really excited about our first book.  It's available via Amazon but I'll be honest, it works out better for us if you buy it direct.  We'll lovingly hand pack it and skip to the post office with it just as soon as we can.  If you want we'll even sign it too.

We've spent countless hours in libraries researching it and lots more hours out on the fells taking all the photos.  Of course we're going to tell you it's fabulous but Sir Chris Bonington agrees too - here's the full version of his lovely sleeve note:

"This is a truly lovely little book and an invaluable companion on any walk or wander around the Lake District.  It gives a fascinating and very readable background to the natural and people history of each area - you can dip into it when planning a walk or just dreaming of where you would like to go.”

A snip at £13.49 + £2.00 P&P (Sorry about that bit - blame the post office)

NOTE:  Postage price for UK only - for international shipping please contact us at with delivery details and we will provide you with a quote.

96 pages of lovely pics and info about Cumbria - all written in the same style as the blog so nothing dull or dusty.  The chapters are:

1. High Street and Haweswater
2. The Other Borrowdale
3. Smardale Gill
4. Grange-over-Sands and Cartmel
5. Dunmail Raise and Thirlmere
6. Kentmere and Longsleddale
7. Whitehaven and St Bees
8. Langdale Valley and Great Gable
9. Barrow-in-Furness and Walney Island
10. Buttermere and Rannerdale

Answers to the Cumbrian Quiz

1.  Friar's Crag is named as it was the site of a popular Victorian chippy.  FALSE

2.  They used to race horses on the top of Racecourse Hill - that's how it got its name.  TRUE

3.  Someone once tried to blow up Long Meg with dynamite but was stopped by angry villagers who said a storm that blew up at the same time was a sign she was displeased.  TRUE

4.  Coniston is an ancient measure of weight.  One Coniston = 2 x Ulverstons or 5 Wigtons  FALSE

5.  Haggs Wood near Arnside is named after giant flying worms that were said to live there.  TRUE

6.  Surprise View is so called because it marks the spot where William Wordsworth jumped out from behind a tree and surprised Dorothy.  FALSE

7.  Maryport is a Cumbrian coastal town just to the north of Mungoport and Midgeport.  FALSE

8.  Fairfield gets its name from the giant Ferris Wheel and Helter Skelter which once marked the summit.  FALSE

9.  Grange-over-Sands got its name from an angry vicar who was fed up of his post going to Grange in Borrowdale.  TRUE

10. Tebay marks the site of an ancient tea market.  FALSE

11.  Parting Stone near Grizedale Tarn is named to commemorate the spot where Wordsworth said goodbye to his brother.  TRUE

12. The pub in Kentmere village was once so rowdy it changed British law.  TRUE

13.  Levens is the site of the first bakery in Britain to add yeast to its bread.  FALSE

14. Tarmac was invented in a quiet valley just outside Arnside.  TRUE

15.  Kendal is twinned with the US town of Barbidal.  FALSE

16.  The street plan of New York is based on Whitehaven.  TRUE

17. The trouser press was invented in Kirkby Stephen.  FALSE

18.  The monks of Furness Abbey were world class smugglers. TRUE

19.  Hardknott Pass takes its name from the adjacent Roman Fort.  They placed a gate across the road which was secured two ropes joined in a complex knot.  FALSE

20.  There was once a plan to drill into Shap Granite as a source of geothermal energy.  TRUE