The Time Walk

Come on a stroll with us through the hill­walk­ing decades…

Trail (UK) - - Base Camp -

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.

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