Troubador The Cumbria and Lake District Coast

Released: 28/08/2021

ISBN: 9781800464049

Format: Paperback

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The Cumbria and Lake District Coast

A Guide to Places to Visit, History and Wildlife from Morecambe Bay to the Solway Firth


The coastline of Cumbria stretches for almost two hundred miles from Morecambe Bay to the Solway Firth and passes through the beautiful Lake District National Park.The Cumbria and Lake District Coast provides suggestions for places to visit along the coast, including picturesque harbours, stately homes, museums and seaside resorts. Readers will also discover less well-known sights such as medieval buildings, lighthouses and stone circles. The Lancashire shores of Morecambe Bay and the Scottish shores of the Solway Firth are included too.

For those interested in the history of the coast, there is an introduction to the role of coastal trade through the centuries. Topics include the Roman coastal defences that once extended to Maryport beyond Hadrian’s Wall, how mining contributed to the growth of ports such as Barrow, Millom and Workington, and the canals that linked ports at Lancaster, Ulverston and Carlisle to the shore.

For wildlife enthusiasts, the book highlights the many nature reserves that dot the shoreline and the varied habitats that are found, such as sand dunes, lowland raised mires and spectacular sea cliffs. There are also tips on watching waterbirds, for which Morecambe Bay and the Solway Firth are famed, and on where to see seals and tidal bores such as the Arnside Bore.

With stunning colour photographs, The Cumbria and Lake District Coast is a must-read for travellers and local residents alike. It will also be of interest to walkers along the England Coast Path, a fabulous new long-distance trail which is due to be completed shortly.

Book of the Month

Very pleased that Coast Magazine has chosen 'The Cumbria and Lake District Coast' as Book of the Month in the January 2022 issue (December 2021)

Blog tour

Thanks to Random Things Tours for organising this tour. I was pleased by the interesting and insightful reviews, some of which are posted on this page (December 2021)

Book webpages

I've recently set up a webpage for each of my Troubador books, including links to blog posts and photographs. If you would like to see them they are available at the following links (September 2021):

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The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide:

The Cumbria and Lake District Coast:

Tidal bores of England, Scotland and Wales:

Tidal bores of England, Scotland and Wales - new ebook announcement

One of the more unusual topics in my book on Cumbria's coast (see below) is its tidal bores, and I've written a more general ebook on the topic too. It's also available from Troubador and is called 'Tidal bores of England, Scotland and Wales' (September 2021)

The Cumbria and Lake District Coast - new book announcement

After all the writing and research, it's great to be able to announce my latest book 'The Cumbria and Lake District Coast', which was published on 28 August 2021 (August 2021)

The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide - reviews

If you would like to see more reviews of 'The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide' there is a selection on the Goodreads page for the book (March 2021)

A Windermere Watershed Walk blog post

While thinking back to past trips, I thought I would share a few highlights from a long-distance walk around the lake's catchment a few years ago. It passed through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lake District and was a contribution to a project to raise awareness of water quality issues in the lake (March 2021)

That's Books and Entertainment - book review

Great to see this review by That's Books and Entertainment (December 2020)

Blog tour

Thanks to @RandomTTours for organising such a well-run book blog tour. It's been really interesting to see all the comments from bloggers about the book, including several who know the area well. If you search on the hashtag #themerseyestuary on Twitter you can find links to some of the reviews (November 2020).

Unexpected sights

I've been asked a few times what my highlights are from trips around the Mersey Estuary so have been posting some images on Instagram and Twitter. These includes examples of wildlife, outdoors artwork and historical destinations. Search for @meteowriternews on Instagram and Twitter if you are interested to see them (October-November 2020)

Local bookshops

It's been a real pleasure to discuss the book with several local bookshops that stock it, including Broadhursts, Southport; Curiosity Bookshop, Runcorn; News from Nowhere, Liverpool; Pritchards, Crosby (September 2020)

Writing 'The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide'

Several people have recently asked how I went about writing the book and my own highlights from the research so I wrote a blog post about it (September 2020)

Essential Runcorn-book review

I really liked this review of 'The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide' that appeared in Essential Runcorn:

Author Kevin Sene is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a scientist specialising in issues related to water and climate and a lover of the area around the Mersey Estuary. The result is The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide with colour illustrations throughout and detailed information every step of the way. Runcorn and Widnes are well represented with, for example, Walk 7, 3 miles, starting and ending at Runcorn Station, and Walk 8, 2 miles, starting and ending at the Catalyst Museum. Contents include places to visit, route description for fifteen walks, fascinating insights into history and tips on where to see waterbirds and the Mersey tidal bore. Review by Curiosity Bookshop, Runcorn (September-October 2020)

BBC Radio Merseyside - interview

Delighted to be interviewed by Sean Styles on BBC Radio Merseyside. Thanks Sean for an enjoyable interview (27 August 2020)

Warrington Worldwide - book review

Yes-Warrington can be a tourist attraction (19 August 2020)

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Kevin Sene

Kevin Sene is a scientist and writer with a love of mountains, estuaries and the coast who enjoys getting off the beaten track.

A keen hillwalker and photographer, he once lived in Cumbria and cycled the length of the coastline. His book 'The Cumbria and Lake District Coast' describes places to visit along with insights into the history and wildlife of the coast.

The inspiration for his previous book 'The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide' arose when he lived just a short walk away from the estuary and after work often used to go cycling and jogging along its canal towpaths and shores. In addition to sights to see it includes 15 walks and cycle rides in Liverpool, Wirral and Cheshire and background on the maritime history and wildlife of the estuary.

Tidal bores are another of his interests and he has written an ebook describing why and where they occur. 'Tidal bores of England, Scotland and Wales' was the result. This features ten tidal bores around the coast of England, Scotland and Wales, such as the Severn Bore, along with tips on increasing your chances of seeing one and sightseeing ideas nearby.

His other books are more technical and explore the influence of climate on floods, droughts and water resources. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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