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Gin, Cake & Rucksacks

Two women, two weeks and a whole lot of gin (and cake!)


Join me & Karen as we brave weather, hangovers, heavy rucksacks, motorised sheep and far too many cakes, all in the name of celebrating and spreading the word about Lakeland’s excellent gin, whisky, beer and vodka. Whether you decide to follow in our footsteps or just read about our adventures from the comfort of your armchair, Gin, Cake & Rucksacks is a hugely entertaining read – even if you’re not a gin nut!

£9.99 + £2 P&P  (If you wish to buy more than one copy or would like me to ship abroad, please email me HERE for a quote. ALSO If you would like it signed please let me know but be aware it would be my signature only for the time being as Karen lives miles away.  In the sunshine... 😀 )


You can also buy direct from the publisher here

Cumbria in Photographs

Over 120 of Steve's very finest photos covering every corner of this amazing county!



"Awe-inspiring images" - Cumbria Life Magazine
"...stunning pictures highlight just why Cumbria is one of Britain's most bewitching counties" Daily Mail Online  (Getting it wrong again, Cumbria is THE most bewitching county!) 

Fabulous photos tracking all the finest views in the county throughout the changing seasons.  Perfect gift for Cumbria lovers and those looking for inspirational new places to explore.

NOW IN STOCK - £16.99 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.)




Trails with Tales - 10 intriguing walks around Arnside & Silverdale with awesome photos and lots of cake - walks need never be boring again!




Don't miss the chance to get your hands on this local best seller - since it was published is has consistently been in the top 5 best selling outdoors books in the region & regularly sells out on Amazon

"...lovely clear instructions...all the information you need to plan many lovely days out."  Lancaster District Magazine

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.)

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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 www.carnegiepublishing.com and using the code FPP

50 Gems of Cumbria - get to grips with the book which will take you places no other Cumbrian book takes you.



50 Gems has been described as a "bold" and "eclectic" collection of places, and events, in Cumbria.  Join us on our adventure as we explore the deepest, darkest corners of the county - including east of the M6!

"This book is not just for visitors...a surprisingly eclectic mix...places that on many occasions have 'slipped under the radar'  Penrith Today

"Beth & Steve have made a bold selection with their enthusiastic prose and enticing photographs."  Bookends Bookshop

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.)



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

Learn what the Romans, and everyone else in history, ever did for us in Cumbria!


Shortlisted Lakeland Book of the Year 2016


Historic Cumbria takes you on an unforgettable journey through the recent, ancient and natural history of 10 stunning Cumbrian locations - all written in the same style as the blog so nothing dull or dusty!

"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.”  Sir Chris Bonington

"...an 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

NOW IN STOCK: £13.49 + £2.00 P&P (Sorry about that bit - blame the post office)

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




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