November 30, 2019

For the last 18-or-so months I've been working on a new book that combines my passion for Lakeland with my love of maps, graphic design and infographics. And finally I'm pleased to announce it's out and, as they say, in all good bookshops :-)

I have been fascinated by infographics for years. Ever since reading National Geographic magazines as a kid. Distillation of complex da...

November 22, 2019

The Countrystride podcast that I make with author and illustrator Mark Richards is now (gasp!) 22 episodes old.

But we're ageing gracefully, and the latest recording was a highlight for me.

We walked with Jamie Normington from Cumbria Wildlife Trust to talk about 'Lost Words' - words like acorn, conker, kingfisher and ivy that were threatened with removal from the Oxford Junio...

October 16, 2019

It has long been a bugbear of mine that the vast majority of books about the Lake District take themselves – and the area – too seriously. Whether a book's about walking, nature, local history or photography there are very few titles out there that take an affectionate look at the funnier side of Cumbrian life. (I mean this is the county that gave the world...

May 24, 2019

New to the store for May is our second tea-towel, this time dedicated to colourful retorts from the northwest frontier. 

As the vernacular disappears from the English language, the tea-towel is a celebration of some of Cumbria's finest historic insults.

Elegant artwork by Kendal-based Evelyn Sinclair illustrates 24 choice Cumberland and Westmorland putdowns, from 'Du...

April 24, 2019

Nearly five months into 2019 and the team at Inspired by Lakeland has never been busier... 

Not only do we have two major new books in production, we've also got some fabulous illustrative work underway, with Barry Holmes, author of our best-selling Over the Hill at Sixty Something? book, upping his artwork ante yet again to deliver a series of hyper-detailed maps of 'Lakelan...

January 30, 2019

Our first run of Herdwick of the Lake District coasters sold out in three months. We took the opportunity to give our new run of coasters a spring (lamb) revamp, picking our eight favourite designs and giving them space to breathe on their own coasters.

You can buy the sets of four in two colour shades: warm and cool

As before, the delightful artwork is printed on four high-...

October 24, 2018

Hats off to fell runner, diarist and illustrator Barry Holmes who has been shortlisted for the 2018 Great Outdoors Awards for his book 'Over the Hill at 60 Something?'.  

Barry's illustrated log of running the Lakeland summits, featuring over 500 gorgeous detailed maps and drawings, has flown off the shelves since it was published earlier in the year, and we're delighted...

October 23, 2018

Pretty much every minute that's not spent working on new books or gifts you'll find me out on the fells. 

I've loved walking, and specifically walking in the Lakes, since the age of around about one, when my mum and dad first carried me to the top of Catbells (good choice!). I finally moved to my dream home five years back.

Over the past six months myself and fellwalker, autho...

September 12, 2018

Hot on the heels of our best-selling Lake District Quiz Book and Yorkshire Quiz Books we're pleased to announce the publication of Derbyshire & The Peak District Quiz Book, our latest brain-teasing stocking filler featuring 583 fiendish questions about the people, places, customs and culture of Derbyshire.

Where is the Cathedral of the Peak? What is a clackfart? Which village...

June 18, 2018

It was one of those moments of Cumbrian serendipity...

Mark Richards and myself were in Threlkeld's fab community coffee shop at the tail end of last year working on pages of The Ullswater Way Official Guide when a man came up to us with a large folder of A3 maps and illustrations and asked if we knew of a publisher who might be interested in taking on his book.

An hour later...

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