Book Reviews

The Cumbria and Lake District Coast by Kevin Sene

What Da Cover Says: 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.

What I Says: I’m one of those Brits who never goes abroad, never needs a holiday that is super hot, I’ve always said that there is so much in the UK left for me to explore and this book has given me a list of some fantastic places to check out on my next trip up north. As a scout I spent a lot of time in the Lake District and as an adult I’ve spent a lot of time exploring the Solway Firth on the Scottish side…you’d think with all that time spent in this area I’d know it well, this book has shown me there is so much I have missed. I’ve never heard of Leven Estuary or the Ravenglass Estuary but these are the two most interesting places included here, I can’t wait to have a visit…and try and check out a steam train.

The book is jam packed with information, facts and many lovely photographs, my daughter has just got into photography and can’t wait to see the places captured in this book. The book is well spaced out with interesting headings, like coastal themes and the Irish sea. More care seems to have been taken here than I have found in similar guide books, for example I absolutely loved that you get a whole page dedicated to the River Leven…from source to sea, fascinating stuff.

Even if you are not planning on visiting this area I would still recommend this book, in this era of uncertain COVID travel restrictions this is the sort of book to inspire you to see what’s at home.

This review is based on reading the book, I’ll update once I’ve taken it out into the field for testing.

This was my stop on this blog tour, make sure to check out the other reviews on the list below.

About the Author: Kevin Sene is a scientist and writer on water and climate themes. The idea for this guide arose from many enjoyable walks and cycle rides along the Cumbrian coast when living in Kendal and Carlisle and an interest in its history and wildlife. He has also written a book on tidal bores and a travel guide to the Mersey Estuary describing places to visit around its Liverpool, Wirral and Cheshire shores. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has worked extensively in Europe, Africa and Asia.
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