Rotary Meetings

Guest Speaker

Thursday 9th Mar 2017 | Steward: Gordon Downing Stewart / Graham Lynch

Early Travellers to the Lake District
Terry Bond

 

Terry Bond was the Speaker at the meeting on 9th March and his period was late 1600 - 1800. This beautiful area was not a tourist centre then indeed Daniel Defoe described the area as most wild and barren and it was where people called the mountains fells! They were certainly not climbed for pleasure in that period. OS maps were introduced in the 1800s. It was a lady, Harriet Martineau, who wrote a complete Guide to the English Lakes in 1855. However it was Wordsworth's "Guide Through The District of the Lakes" which sparked mass tourism and he was the first person to propose that it should be designated a national park.

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