The Lake District and the Highlands ’13 – Complete Contents Page

The Lake District and the Highlands ’13: Roadtrip 

01 – The drive from London to the Lake District. Motorways and advertisements. Power stations and dead cities. Heavy clouds in Yorkshire. 

02 – Sleeping in the car. Exploring Ambleside. Any other town in disguise. Miserable people in the hills. Walls and rubbish. Dancing soldiers. Grange-Over-Sands, a second first impression. 

03 – Conversations in a northern pub. Hope for the cynical. The fall of British Greatness? The Lake District and partying. The Old Man versus Swirl How. An adventure alone becomes isolation in a faraway place. 

04 – Countryside in the Lake District. The abandoned swimming pool at Grange-Over-Sands.  A morbid train daydream. Things that stay the same also change, as long as you do. Losing the excitement of Childhood. 

05 – The river… The woods. Following streams and walls. Discovering a waterfall. Exploring Coniston. 

06 – Hostel in the middle of nowhere. Hiking off track. Coniston from the sky. The Baaaaa-edlands. Fallen villages on the hillsides. 

07 – The Campsie Fells. Deer escape. Most heavily fortified Italian restaurant in the country. The UFO hotspot of the UK. Towns. Clearcuts. 

08 – Exploring the Grampians. Old new discoveries. Checking out an abandoned house in the Highlands. Light footed on a slowly collapsing bridge. 

09 – Driving safe on dangerous roads. Discovering Loch Maree. White trees around Beinn Eighe. Part of the macro-organism. 

10 – A sad hymn for the Loch Ness monster. The kraken and its bad business practices. The shattered mystery of an iconic Loch. Tourism and marketing. The journey continues. 

11 – The journey home.

12 – Reflections. Travelling to the Highlands. Meet the old boss… Showers or orgies. The miserable owners of mobile homes. Coming to rest. 

13 – Anti-timetable tourists. Freedom in a cage. The feeling of the monument. Braveheart: The sculptor who turned William Wallace into a movie star. A halo of darkness around Stirling. 

14 – Wildlife. Fake forests in the Highlands. Graveyards for trees. 

15 – A land before time? Designer forests. New romantics. Purpose and narrative. Giant Mushrooms on the Dead Ground. 

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About Luke Smith

I travel around and write about it. When I'm not travelling around, I write about whatever seems meaningful to me at the time; these are usually meditations on current events, finding ways to survive the crushing existential grind of modern civilisation or vaguely philosophical musings.
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  1. Pingback: The Past, Present and Future of Journeys Through Pre-World War 3 Britain and a Thanks | Journeys Through Pre-World War 3 Britain

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