Mark Richards was at Brougham Hall in Penrith last week to mark the launch of his three new, long-distance walking trails in Cumbria and Northumberland. The trail guidebooks, written in Mark’s inimitable, informal and informative style, are full of fascinating facts and information about the structures, communities and landscapes en route and are illustrated throughout with his exquisite linescape drawings.
As well as Hadrian’s High Way, the event marked the launch of the Castles of Eden and Great Lakes Connection trails. The Castles of Eden trail explores Cumbria’s Eden Valley from Kirkby Stephen to Penrith through a gently undulating landscape brimming with castles, ancient stones, earthworks and ruins. Great Lakes Connection is a 50-mile trail linking Windermere with Ullswater passing through the heart of Lakeland along the valleys of its largest lakes and encompassing some of the finest landscape scenery and villages of the Lake District.
The sun blazed throughout the launch event and the team at Brougham Hall took wonderful care of us and our guests. At the launch event Mark said “I hope that new and more experienced walkers will gain new some new perspectives on our nation’s history by following these trails through some of England’s most stunning scenery. Researching, writing and illustrating the trail guidebooks has been a passion project for me for several years and I’m delighted to finally be able to share them with my fellow heritage and outdoor enthusiasts.”