50 Gems of Cumbria by Beth and Steve Pipe, £14.99

CUMBRIA defies any attempt to measure its true beauty. Home to England’s highest mountain and both the longest and deepest lakes. It also covers the third largest area of any county in the UK and is, of course, home to ‘Britain’s Favourite View,’ but Cumbria captures your soul in a way that statistics and awards will never truly explain.

There are far more than 50 gems in Cumbria and the Lake District, but the 50 in this book are a great place to start. To say they are places that we love is to do them a disservice; these are places that get under our skin and invade our mind, drawing us back to them time and again. Some of the gems will take your breath away, some will make you pause and think about how our ancestors shaped the landscape, while others have a fantastic tearoom or cosy pub nearby.