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Gin, Cake & Rucksacks

A fun-filled tour of Lakeland distillers

Karen Guttridge, Beth Pipe


This book is a brilliant concept. You can use it: as a guide to walking (not necessarily in a straight line!) from distillery to distillery; to plan lovely days out in the Lakes; as a highly entertaining read. So what’s it all about? “How d’you fancy a mad Lakeland distillery tour? “So said hairbrained-ideas factory Beth Pipe to social media pal Karen Guttridge, whom she had never even met! Karen immediately agreed, and with only a sense of humour and a love of gin (etc.!) in common, the two women set off on a selfless mission to find and taste the best spirits and beers our English Lakes have to offer.

Join the intrepid pair as they brave weather, hangovers, heavy rucksacks, motorised sheep and far too many cakes, all in the name of celebrating and spreading the word about Lakeland’s excellent gin, whisky, beer and vodka. And there are a surprising number of thesesmall-scale, high quality producers in the Lake District, all of them passionate about what they do and creating divine drinks for all tastes.

Whether you decide to follow in their footsteps or just read about their adventures from the comfort of your armchair, Gin, cake & rucksacks is a hugely entertaining read – even if you’re not a gin nut!


Palatine Books



Publication Date:

2018 October


Paperback; 235 x 157mm




Colour photographs throughout