If you have ever wondered what caused the scratch marks on a layer of moss, or why there are scattered raven feathers on a wall, you can now find the answers in this original easy-to-follow approach to discovering new things about the Lake District - a type of forensic fellwalking. 18 walks from one to six miles suitable for all ages and abilities, encourage you to look at the countryside in a different way. A leisurely pace allows the walker the chance to experience what so often goes unnoticed. So, become a nature detective and solve the hidden mysteries. At every turn, you will find a world of plant and animal signs offering up their secrets. Fascinating facts help you interpret the countryside by combining the effects of geology and plant life on the animal population of the area. Learn how to use lichens as a diagnostic tool - the history of a rock, tree or boulder can often be 'read' from the presence (or absence!) of a particular lichen. Each walk description begins with information about the distance, ascent, time it might take, terrain, equipment, footwear, parking, public transport, and a local place to find refreshments.
At the end of each walk, there are additional 'Taking it Further' notes, for those who wish to delve deeper. The maps, also provided for each walk, are particularly well-detailed to include individual trees, animal tracks and signs. Clear drawings and photographs accompany the text that carries you through amazingly intricate pathways of thought, teasing out the answers to a variety of mysteries and puzzles (solutions supplied!). For leaders and members of field study groups, this book provides a useful source of reference material and background information. So, whether you're interested in a practical field guide or prefer the more sedentary armchair approach, here is an opportunity to explore the Lake District fells as you never have before.