The Time Walk
Come on a stroll with us through the hillwalking decades…
Scottish priest and author Thomas West published his A Guide to the
Lakes book, 240 years ago in 1778, becoming one of the first people to write about the attractions of walking in the Lake District. West’s book was deemed a huge success and is credited with kickstarting an era of genuine tourism in the Lakes.
The world’s tallest mountain was officially named
‘Everest’ by the Royal Geographical Society in 1865. The mountain’s title honours Sir George Everest, who was the Surveyor General of India in the 19th century. An amusing paradox is that the most wellknown summit on Earth is generally mispronounced – George Everest’s surname was pronounced ‘Eeve-rest’, with two syllables rather than three.
A United States photographic reconnaissance aircraft crashed
on Bleaklow in the Peak District 70 years ago in 1948. All 13 airmen on board were killed and the wreckage of the Boeing RB29 – named ‘Over Exposed’ – remains in situ on the hill to this day as a publicly accessible memorial.