Great and the good of the Lake District

Former Lancaster Guardian reporter and author of book, Lake District Icons, Michaela Robinson-Tate.
Former Lancaster Guardian reporter and author of book, Lake District Icons, Michaela Robinson-Tate.
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Lake District Icons is the authors’ fan letter to the place where they say they’re privileged to work.

Former Lancaster Guardian reporter from 1994 to 1998, Michaela Robinson-Tate and lensman Phil Rigby have teamed up to produce a beautifully photographed tribute to the people, places and things that make Cumbria great.

During 2012 and and 2013, Michaela, from Lancaster, and Cumbria Life colleague Phil travelled around Cumbria to meet experts on subjects as diverse as Kendal Mint Cake, John Ruskin and the Lake District’s most challenging high mountain passes. On their travels, the pair met living icons like Sir Chris Bonington, Lancaster University’s chancellor.

From the university, they also interviewed Simon Bainbridge, who’s professor of Romantic Studies, and Prof Stephen Wildman, director of the Ruskin Library and Research Centre.

Their book – which features more than 80 previously unpublished photographs and original research – is the result.

Michaela said: “In our view, there’s no other place that has produced such a range of influential writers, thinkers, artists, climbers, walkers and adventurers as the Lake District.

“We wanted to take a fresh look at figures such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, locations including England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike and things such as Kendal Mint Cake and the Lake District’s native Herdwick sheep.”

Lake District Icons is published by The History Press.