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Fred On the Web

As a very young kid, many a Lakeland trip was watered down with a visit to the shops.  I specifically remember not liking to stop in Kendal (it was too far from the central fells for my liking) but stopping off in Ambleside at least afforded views of Loughrigg and of course the cradling ridges of the Fairfield horseshoe to the north of the town.  Now identified as the anorak selling capital of the UK, Ambleside does however, still retain some independent stores, one of which is Fred Holdsworth's Bookshop. This article examines this great store.
Shop interiorAs a child I remember Ambleside a lot differently from what it is now.  Hayes Garden World was for instance a lot smaller (I'm sure it was essentially in one building) and pre-walk sandwiches were collected from Birketts (now taken over by Greggs).  Peter Gaynor's was always fantastic and at least that is still in operation and doing well.  Unfortunately, other shops have gone, eaten up by national corporates all too keen to sell you wet weather gear for just £200!  One thing that hasn't changed however, is Fred Holdsworth's Bookshop.  I spent many an hour perusing the many books of Lakeland (and others) in this great store where every corner seems to excrete books as if its mere fabric were constructed from them.  Of course, my forays into the shop were to look over the Wainwright guides, but in later years I have bought the Cicerone scrambling guides by R.B.Evans and on occasion I have picked up a map for a day walk after leaving mine at home.

Shop fron with Tubular Fells on display top-centreWhen it came to selling Tubular Fells I thought that Fred's would be an ideal stockist, not only as they are a keen promoter of all things Lakeland, but also that I would reciprocate the support by making them the only supplier in Ambleside.  Steve Baskerville-Muscutt was enthusiastic to purchase the maps for the shop and so far they have been selling well since I started promoting the map at Easter.  Fred, the owner of the shop, is now retired but the staff on duty are all very knowledgable about the stock available and even if you can't visit personally, Fred is on the web! 

Many books on Lakeland are on offerI really do recommend that you call in the shop next time you're in Ambleside.  It's not huge, but you'll be engrossed by the varied selection of titles on offer from Wainwright titles through to maps which of course includes Tubular Fells.  It's also really easy to find in Central Buildings at the top of the town just a few yards from Bridge House.  So, next time you're in Ambleside give a call and who knows, you might pick up a great book bargain, oh and of course pick up your own copy of Tubular Fells.  Thanks a lot Fred - you established a great bookshop there!

Also visit Fred Holdsworth's Bookshop online at: http://www.lakedistrictbookshops.co.uk/
'Fred is on the Web'
Telephone:  015394 333 88
Central Buildings
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A spectacular piece of work and I have spent ages poring over it. I eagerly await your Himalaya equivalent!
Tom R., London

>£10,000 - THANKS!

Since April 2011 'Tubular Fells' has now raised just over £10000! >£10000 raised for Fix the FellsThis is an astounding figure and thanks to everyone who has shown their support by buying the map.  This figure is enough to produce over 100 metres of stone pitched path.  Many thanks to everyone who's purchased the map so far from as far afield as Leeds, London, Canada, Massachusetts, New Zealand and Hawaii!
  • £10-one metre of revegetation alongside a path
  • £25-one tonne of stone moved to site
  • £50-one 25kg bag of special upland grass seed
  • £100-one metre of stone pitched path
  • £250-one stone lined path cross drain
  • £600-one hour of helicopter flying time to move stone