The other day I picked up a leaflet somewhere about a bookshop trail. Not just any bookshop trail, but specifically the ‘Dales & Lakes Bookshop Trail’, which is a collective of secondhand bookshops in the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District national parks and their surroundings.
I’d never come across this before, and was delighted to find that there are twenty-six participating stores, including several in the small “book town” of Sedbergh, which is situated roughly half way between Kendal and Yorkshire. We visited the town for the first time last year and I was amazed at the number of book shops lining the streets. Now, apparently, there are six – not bad for a town of around 3,000 people!
And it’s not just Sedbergh. The shops listed cover a vast area from Hawes and Hebden Bridge in the Yorkshire Dales, to Keswick and Penrith in northern Cumbria, Whitehaven on the far west coast, and Cartmel and Grange-over-Sands in the south.
It’s an impressive cooperative project. And I’m really looking forward to trying to visit every bookshop on the list!