Originally published in London 1901 by MacMillan & Co., Ltd., this 1903 edition of the Highways and Byways in the Lake District, is republished here on fully-searchable CD-ROM. Macmillan began publishing the Highways & Byways series in 1899 and by 1909 had completed almost twenty publications in the series, which extended across the length and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales, with one publication on Normandy and and another on Ireland. This highly popular series continued until the beginning of the Second World War. In May 2009 Pan Macmillan reissued a one-volume collection of the best of the Highways and Byways series offering a glimpse of the very best of Britain.
The Highways and Byways in the Lake District contains just over 320 printed pages, including a map of the Lakes marking the route taken by the author, Arthur Granville Bradley and more than 100 pen and ink illustrations by Joseph Pennell, providing as with all of the Highways and Byways series a wonderful mix of topography, local history and folklore, which perhaps more than ever allows the reader to rediscover parts of Britain that have long disappeared under a morass of concrete, which is perhaps fortunately less the case with the Lake District than other areas of Britain.
Arthur Bradley undertook only eleven 'tours' on which he reported in the Highways and Byways in the Lake District, which is perhaps misleading, as he chose to structure his travels in thirteen chapters, which included many meanderings off his main routes. The major stops on Bradley's tour of the Lake District include: Penrith - his starting point for a number of the tours - Carlisle; Strickland; Kendal; Keswick; Ravenglass and the most westerly point on his travels, St Bee's.
Much of the charm a vigour of the Highways and Byways series which has stood the test of time is down to the travellers and in the case of the Lake District this is no exception. Arthur Granville Bradley (1850-1943) was a renowned English 'traveller' in the Victorian sense of the word as well as well-published author. This title is replete with more than 100 pen and ink sketches by Joseph Pennell (1857-1926). He was an American artist and author, was a friend and biographer of James Whistler, whose chief distinction is that of an original etcher, lithographer and illustrator. Pennell's works and the added association with Whistler make any publication associated with his work a much sought after acquisition and the Highways and Byways in Lake District is no exception.