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Winter in the Lake District
by Val Corbett
ISBN: 978-0-7112-3056-9.
Published by Frances Lincoln

Winter in the Lake DistrictThis is a book filled with well over 100 beautiful photographs taken during the winter months in the Lake District. These cover a range of subjects – stunning scenes of fells mirrored in still lakes, Christmas scenes in local communities, children ice-skating and skiing, and a spider’s web defined by hoar frost.

Society members will be familiar with Val’s work as she has kindly provided many of the front cover photographs for Footsteps and she is well known for her photographs in various books and publications including Country Life and Cumbria Life.

The book progresses from late autumn through the changing faces of winter and ends with some delightful spring photographs that give the readers hope for the months to come. Each photograph has a brief description of the location or subject matter, and is often accompanied by a personal note or snippet of information. For example, the caption to a photograph of a small boat on Derwent Water informs us that the channel the boat is using through the frozen surface was cut by members of the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team to enable residents on an island to reach the ‘mainland’ to do their shopping.

Winter may not be everyone’s favourite season, but many consider the fells to be at their best in wintry conditions in fine weather. As Val puts it: ‘Winter in the Lake District can drag on, with a seemingly endless diet of dreary wet and windy weather. And then a day of such staggering beauty comes along that all is forgiven.’ This book captures many such days. This beautiful book is one that lovers of Lakeland, not least those living away from it and unable to visit during the winter months, will certainly enjoy.

Janet Johnson - Member No. 481