The coastline of Cumbria stretches for almost two hundred miles from Morecambe Bay to the Solway Firth and passes through the beautiful Lake District National Park. The Cumbria and Lake District Coast provides suggestions for places to visit along the coast, including picturesque harbours, stately homes, museums and seaside resorts. Readers will also discover less well-known sights such as medieval buildings, lighthouses and stone circles. The Lancashire shores of Morecambe Bay and the Scottish shores of the Solway Firth are included too.
For those interested in the history of the coast, there is an introduction to the role of coastal trade through the centuries. Topics include the Roman coastal defences that once extended to Maryport beyond Hadrian’s Wall, how mining contributed to the growth of ports such as Barrow, Millom and Workington, and the canals that linked ports at Lancaster, Ulverston and Carlisle to the shore.
For wildlife enthusiasts, the book highlights the many nature reserves that dot the shoreline and the varied habitats that are found, such as sand dunes, lowland raised mires and spectacular sea cliffs. There are also tips on watching waterbirds, for which Morecambe Bay and the Solway Firth are famed, and on where to see seals and tidal bores such as the Arnside Bore.
With stunning colour photographs, The Cumbria and Lake District Coast is a must-read for travellers and local residents alike. It will also be of interest to walkers along the England Coast Path, a fabulous new long-distance trail which is due to be completed shortly.
I couldn’t wait to read this book after going to the Lake District recently and loving it, I wanted to learn more about this stunning place and this was the perfect book to do that with. It is a very interesting and engaging read, where you can learn so much from, it is filled with lots of information about different things. The parts that really interested me the most was learning about all the different wildlife and birds. It gives a detailed look at things ranging from the different estuary’s and water safety to a bit about the history to the different wildlife and birds, I feel as though there is a bit for everyone in here. The pictures are great and really makes me want to go back now, now I have a bit more knowledge up my sleeve about this beautiful and breathtaking place. This book is such a handy guide to keep with you when you are out and about.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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