A rip-roaring ride through Cumbria past and present. From crashing continents to Stone Age axes and stone circles, Roman roads, ruins and canals to Saxon runes, Viking sagas, Norman castles, hunting abbeys and crusaders, mines, mills and markets. Read about poets and writers from Wordsworth, Ruskin and Southey, to Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome. Look under the surface in Cumbria to see how nature and man has changed the landscape. Find out about pack horses and coaches, the guide writers who attracted tourists to the Lake District, steam trains and steam ships. Explore Cumbria and the Lake District through this photographic album of oddities, ancient and modern.