FANS of Arthur Ransome came from all over the country to Coniston for a day-long reading of the author's story Pigeon Post on Sunday.

Their base was the Coppermines valley where the Swallows and Amazons writer had set his tale of mining, camping and adventures in the fells.

The event was staged inside the Coppermines YHA hostel after plans for an outdoor reading were thwarted by bad weather.

Writers, academics, an exchange student from the USA, young fans and old took turns each to read a chapter, brought together by photographer and writer Chris Routledge, who lives at Rydal.

Two years ago he organised a marathon reading of Swallows and Amazons on the Coniston lake shore.

His readers this time included artist Jessica Elleray, wildlife writer Amy Jane Beer, ultra-runner Jen Scotney, photographer Jon Sparks, and BBC reporter Emily Unia. There were also several members of the Arthur Ransome Society.

Chris said: “It was the ideal setting to read this story, and the enthusiasm of so many generations proved the enduring appeal of Ransome as a master narrator.”