Angus Winchester’s wonderful book, THE LANGUAGE OF THE LANDSCAPE, A Journey into Lake District History, has gone to print. It is a satisfying moment – the culmination of at least six months quite intensive work. Publication date is 8th November and we are very much looking forward to events at the Maryport Literature Festival and the New Bookshop in Cockermouth to launch it.

THE LANGUAGE OF THE LANDSCAPE is a book for everyone’s bookshelf and the perfect companion for a day out in the Lakes. A walk on the fells is always life enhancing but how often do we look at a view of fields, becks and farm buildings and sheep grazing high up on the tops and wonder – has it always looked like this? Who were the first settlers, how did places get their names and in what way has the landscape been altered over the centuries by human intervention? On a journey from Cockermouth through the Vale of Lorton, to Crummock Water and Buttermere, an area known to the author since childhood, we see the way in which personal connection, knowledge of local history, place names, memory and myth, combine to deepen an understanding and experience of landscape.

Angus Winchester is Emeritus Professor of Local and Landscape History at Lancaster University.

THE LANGUAGE OF THE LANDSCAPE will be available from 8th November. Price £10. ISBN 9780957660977. Available to purchase from bookshops, from this website, and by email