W. R. Mitchell has had a sixty-year connection with the Lake District and made innumerable trips to find out more about this beautiful area and particularly its people. Using the maxim ‘people not places’ passed down by Harry Scott, editor of the Cumbria and Dalesman magazines, Mitchell has carried out countless interviews with a rich tapestry of Lakeland folk.
This book reflects on some of the most memorable meetings and reveals links with great names of the area, such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Lakeland folk can be set in their ways, but have always been keen to talk about a way of life that has changed appreciably with the passing of time. Mitchell also remembers fondly the many outings of the band of four intrepid walkers, including himself, known as the ‘Geriatric Blunderers’. They climbed every mountain and forded every stream of this most beautiful of areas.
In Lake District Folk, Mitchell makes a nostalgic walk on his own back through the decades as he recollects some of the many wonderful experiences in the lakes.
W. R. Mitchell MBE Hon D. Litt, author of over 200 books, began work as a journalist at The Craven Herald and was for many years editor of two magazines – The Dalesman (Yorkshire) and Cumbria (the Lake Counties). Mitchell’s honorary degree was awarded by the University of Bradford. In 2007, the Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild presented him with their Golden Eagle award. Mitchell is said to be one of the founding fathers of outdoor writing.
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Illustrations: 36 black-and-white photographs