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Cumbria's Misty Mountain Tops


About this book:

  • ISBN: 978-1-910237-67-0

  • Published August 2021

  • Price £9.00 + postage

  • 176 pages
  • Illustrated with seven black & white photograph

Also by Robert Gambles

Man in Lakeland (1975)
Exploring the Lakeland Fringe (1989)
The Spa Resorts and Mineral Springs of Cumbria (1993)
Walks on the Borders of Lakeland (1995)*
Yorkshire Dales Place-Names (1995)
Walks Round Windermere (1997)
Echoes of Old Lakeland (2010)
Escape to the Lakes: The First Tourists (2013)*
Lake District Place-Names (2013)
The Lakeland Dales (2016)*
Words from the Wildwood (2017)
Reflections from the Lakes (2019)
Cumbria's Misty Mountain Tops (2021)

Translated and Edited
Espen Ash Lad: Folk Tales from Norway (2014)

* Lakeland Book of the Year Award winners


About this book:

This book looks at the misty tops of Cumbria’s mountains in the uplands of the Lake District, Howgills and Pennines. Robert Gambles has spent many years researching the county’s history and some of his previous books have been Lake District Book of the Year Award winners.
His love of Cumbria and his knowledge of languages inspired this search for the meaning of the fell top names. The book includes information about each ‘top’ and a little history too. Many of the names come from Old Norse with a scattering of dialect, Old English and ancient Cumbric names such as Blencathra which means a summit with a chair or seat.
The book is illustrated by evocative black and white photographs by Peter Koronka.

The Author:
ROBERT Gambles was born and grew up in Derbyshire. He was a scholar of St John’s College, Oxford, where he took an Honours degree in Modern History and a post-graduate Diploma in Education. He also has a Licentiate Diploma in Music. His professional career was spent in Education, mainly in Ely and Liverpool.
He acquired a love of the Lake District early in life and he has lived in Cumbria in his years of retirement during which he has explored the whole district and written a number of books and many articles on various aspects of its history.
The author has also pursued his interest in a wider national history and a critical study of some of the well-known stories from British history was published in 2013 under the title Great Tales from British History, and was decribed by The Guardian as ‘hugely enjoyable’. Through his Norwegian wife he acquired a special interest in the life and history of Norway: Hayloft recently published his ac- claimed Espen Ash Lad a collection of Folk Tales from Norway.
A keen but pragmatic interest in conservation and the protection of the natural environment has always featured in his philosophy of life and he was for many years a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Friends of the Lake District. He has also worked as a volunteer for the National Trust.

Cover photograph by James Koronka


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