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In 2017 the English Lake District was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO as a “cultural landscape” of global significance; a landscape gifted by Nature and modified by the activities of humankind to create a very distinctive and special place. The famous English landscape painter John Constable once said “We see nothing truly until we understand it”. This suggests that gaining some understanding of why Lake District landscapes look as beautiful as they do will enable us see them more clearly and have our enjoyment of them enriched. As the reader you are taken to 22 prominent viewpoints around the World Heritage Site, all with a historical, Norse-derived name of ‘how’ or ‘knott’. Then, whether you are sitting on a rock at the viewpoint or sitting in an armchair at home, the guide relates the historical story of the view in front of you - how the key features in the view came about and how they may change in the future in response to new environmental challenges.
The book is fully illustrated with numerous colour photographs and detailed maps of the viewpoints. After reading this book you will have enjoyed the beauties and story of the Lake District’s acclaimed landscapes, and quite probably will not look at them again in quite the same way.
About the Author: After university Guy Richardson pursued a career in town planning. He retired as Head of Planning, Cumbria County Council in 1999. Guy went on to become part-time Chief Officer of the association of Parish Councils in Cumbria and in that capacity was a member of the Lake District National Park Partnership for a number of years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an active mountaineer and sailor in the Lake District, UK and abroad over several decades. A resident of the Lake District for over 30 years, he now lives in Grange over Sands.