The Shining Levels
by John Wyatt

John Wyatt embraced the simplicity of living alone in a woodland hut, and so wrote one of the finest books ever written about the Lake District. Introduced by Melvyn Bragg.

Author: John Wyatt

Published: March 2012


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John Wyatt first encountered the Lake District during a boyhood trip to Windermere. He was overwhelmed by the freedom of the landscape and the closeness to nature he felt. It was as if he belonged here, amongst the fells, the crags and the endless horizon. The call to the wild stayed with him, becoming so powerful that one day he did what many only dream of: he left a steady job and his town life to become a forestry worker in a Lakeland wood at Cartmel Fell.

This is one of the finest books ever written on the Lake District. Like Thoreau, John Wyatt embraced the simplicity of living alone in a woodland hut, immersing himself in a life made rich by birdsong, foraging for food the smell of woodsmoke, and the extraordinary companionship of Buck, a young roe deer discovered in the woods.


Introduction by Melvyn Bragg
216 x 156mm sewn paperback with flaps
192 pages with illustrations by Norman Ackroyd & cover artwork by L.S. Lowry.
ISBN 978-1-908213-03-7

Additional Information

Weight350 g
Dimensions14 x 156 x 216 mm


  1. Neil Ansell, author of the acclaimed book Deep Country, has written a lovely review of The Shining Levels for Caught by the River.

    ‘This is a book that reads like life,’ writes Neil Ansell, ‘you never quite know where it is going to lead you next, and it is full of unexpected digressions on such things as moth-hunting, deer stalking or wild food.’

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