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Reading Recommendations for Lake District Tours

Here is a list of books and guides intended to provide suggestions for informative and pleasurable reading. It is offered in the conviction that a considerable part of a trip's enjoyment begins before leaving home. Your local library and book store may have these and other books of interest about the Lake District.


  • William Wordsworth of Dove Cottage by Frederika Beatty; Bookman, 1985
  • William Wordsworth of Rydal Mount by Frederika Beatty; 1989 reprint
  • Highways and Byways in the Lake District by A. C. Bradley; St Mut., 1985
  • Land of the Lakes by Melvyn Bragg; Trafalgar, 1991
  • The Lake Counties by W. G. Collingwood; pub. Dent
  • A Walk Around the Lakes by Hunter Davies
  • Beatrix Potter’s Lakeland by Hunter Davies; Warne, 1989
  • Recollections of the Lakes and the Lake Poets by Thomas De Quincey, 1971
  • The Remarkable Beatrix Potter by Alexander Grinstein; Intl. Univ. Pr., 1994
  • Beatrix Potter’s Art by Anne S. Hobbs; Warne, 1990
  • A Passionate Sisterhood (the sisters, wives and daughters of the Lakes Poets), by Kathleen Jones; pub. Virago
  • The Tale of Beatrix Potter: A Biography by Margaret Lane, 1985
  • A Literary Guide to the Lake District by Grevel Lindop; pub. Chatto and Windus
  • Lakeland, a Prose Anthology by Norman Nicholson; pub. Robert Hale
  • Wordsworth in England by Katherine Peek; Hippocrene Books, 1969
  • A History of Man in the Lake District by William Rollinson; pub. Dent
  • The Grasmere Journal by Dorothy Wordsworth (edited by Pamela Woof); Oxford University Press, 1993
  • Dorothy Wordsworth’s Illustrated Lakeland Journals by Dorothy Wordsworth; Collins, 1987
  • Guide Through the District of the Lakes in the North of England, with a Description of the Scenery for the Use of Tourists and Residents by William Wordsworth; Greenwood, 1969 reprint of 1952 edition
  • Lake District; Ordnance Survey Leisure Guide Series; Hunter NJ, 1992
  • Lake District; Ordnance Survey Pathfinder Guides Series; Seven Hills Book Dist., 1993
  • Lake District; Visitor’s Guide Series, 2nd ed.; Hunter NJ, 1993
  • The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams; Penguin Books
  • Maid of Buttermere by Melvyn Bragg; Trafalgar. Also by Bragg; A Time to Dance, For Want of a Nail, Without a City Wall, and Josh Lawton
  • Tale of Mrs. Tiggywinkle, Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, and others by Beatrix Potter; Warne
  • Swallows and Amazons, Swallowdale, Pigeon Post, and Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome; Godine

Note: This list was kindly compiled by Marion Simplicio, a professional librarian, whose delightful companionship we have all enjoyed on our trips.




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