C.S. Lewis

Most people know Clive Staples Lewis because of The Chronicles of Narnia, one of the greatest (if not the greatest) series of children’s books. If you pay any attention to the movies, you would know that two of the books in this series have been made into movies recently.

C.S. Lewis is much more than a children’s book writer, though. In fact, his work spans a lot of topics and interests. From medieval literature to Christian apologetics to literary criticism – Lewis has touched upon all these. So who is C.S. Lewis and why are we writing about him in the English Blog?

He was born on November 29 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was a close friend of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the classic Lord of the Rings. Like Tolkien, Lewis was one of the most known figures in the English department of Oxford during their time. Lewis was born and baptised into the Church of Ireland but digressed from his faith as an adult. It was only till he was 30, due to the influence of friends –Tolkien among them – that he came back to his faith. Since then, his works have become known all over the world.

Aside from The Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis is known for his works such as:

-The Pilgrim’s Regress
-Mere Christianity
-The Screwtape Letters
-The Abolition of Man

These are only among of my favorites. If you have not experienced the work of C.S. Lewis, I suggest that you start now. You just might find what you are looking for. You can rent textbooks on CS Lewis at Bookrenter.com.

Long rambling walks in the countryside, the unmistakable scent of fresh air, the peacefulness that one finds only outside of the city – these things and more are what you can expect from a visit to Cumbria. Cumbria is a shire county in Northwest England and is predominantly rural. It is actually considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the whole country.

Being predominantly rural, the Cumbria area is one of the best places – if not the best – to go walking in England. If going on leisurely walks is your idea of relaxation, then Cumbria should definitely be on your list of places to visit.

The two main footpaths in this area are the Cumbrian Way and the Dales Way. If you take the former route, you will start by the sea side and head on northward to experience some of the most spectacular sceneries. The latter route will take you west into Yorkshire. Either way, you will have a one of a kind walking experience.

Of course, there are other options for those who are not “heavy duty walkers.” There are countless other footpaths wherein you can take more leisurely and shorter walks. Cumbria Calling lists down some of them:

• Buttermere – a two hour walk takes you all the way round this lovely lake
• Derwent Water Ferry – take the Derwent ferry from Keswick to Hawes End. Walk to Lodore Falls and take the ferry back to Keswick
• Stiffer than a stroll, but possible without being a mountaineer is to climb Skiddaw from Keswick.
• Ullswater ferry and walk. Take ferry from Glenridding pier to Howtown. It is then a three hour walk back along the lake shore to Howtown
• Take the ferry from Bowness to Sawrey, walk along the lake shore to Bass Rock, return through the National Trust woods
• Grizedale forest. There are a number of waymarked walks. Details from Forestry Commission
• Round Grasmere. A pleasant walk all the way round the lake at Grasmere will take about two hours

So put on your walking shoes and head on over to Cumbria!

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