The Lake District Survival Guide

Inspired by Lakeland


If you’re visiting the Lake District, DON’T PANIC..! With The Lake District Survival Guide in your pocket you will be fine.

In the Guide you will NOT find listings of pretty views or fashionable restaurants. Instead you’ll find FAR MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION, including how to…






Ian Young, a cartoonist from Back o'Skiddaw with a sense of humour and a wicked turn of phrase had been putting pen to paper to create light-hearted illustrations about the curiosities of Lakeland life for a while. Dave from Inspired by Lakeland read his blog posts chuckling, then read them all again, chuckling some more. Then he dropped him a line and asked if he wanted to make a book.

A year later the launch of the Lake District Survival Guide, which is, in equal measure, amusing, silly, occasionally touching, but always entertaining. 124-pages of irreverence are compiled into a lovely little hardback with chapters including ‘Wainwright in Therapy’, ‘Lakeland Stereotypes’, ‘Sheep ID Parade’, ‘Mythical Beasts’, ‘Melvyn Bragg’s Cultural Corner’ and ‘How to Get Battered’. 

Included are two of Dave's favourites below - Wainwright at a fancy restaurant, and a well-earned poke at United Utilities's fantasy pipeline.

Read about the artist/maker, here.

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