Back in Burnbanks after a lovely walk in a most interesting part of the Lake District.
You can probably tell I have a fascination for this place, its history, its people and the sad events in the 1920's that changed the area for ever. I have an ever expanding collection of original 18th, 19th and early 20th century Lake District books, and the first thing I do when I buy one is look to see if they have any information about Mardale. I also have some books that are specific to Mardale, including a 1928 edition of a book by Isaac Hinchliffe "A Backwater in Lakeland", which is a fascinating account of his many holidays in the area prior to the flooding of the valley. Near the beginning of the book he says "It is over twenty-six years since I first found my way there and I was so charmed and delighted, not only with the beauty, restfulness and grandeur of the scenery but also with its interesting associations and the quaintness and homely good nature of its inhabitants, that has ever since drawn me as a loadstone"
In 1842 Jonathan Otley tells us in his "A Descriptive Guide to the English Lakes, and adjacent Mountains" "The houses, with the exception of Mr Boustead's at Measand-beck, and Mr Holmes' at Chapel Hill, are mostly walled without mortar; and the deciduous trees associate well with the rest of the scenery. Lying beyond the usual circuit of the lakes, and at a distance from the great roads and places of entertainment, Hawes Water is often omitted. But tourists, who can contrive to visit it without hurry or fatigue, will find it a sweet retired spot".