Bill Birkett

One of Britain’s foremost mountain writers and photographers Bill Birkett is an  acknowledged expert on his native Lakeland. Born and bred in Cumbria he first started exploring the region with his father Jim Birkett a leading rock climber and naturalist. An accomplished rock climber, part of the famous Birkett dynasty, he has pioneered many new rock climbs throughout Britain though mainly in his native Lake District. Today he lectures widely, writes and runs a photographic agency specialising in all matters related to the Lake District, mountains and wild places. Although he climbs and travels  worldwide he has a unique fascination with the hills and wild places of Britain. He lives in Little Langdale in the Lake District.   

With some thirty books to his credit his Lakeland Books include best selling guidebooks to the fells and valleys notably ‘Exploring The Lakes and Low Fells’ and the definitive ‘Complete Lakeland Fells’. In ‘Lakeland’s Greatest Pioneers’    he wrote evocatively of the life and times of  the most influential cragsmen who shaped the  history of  mountaineering in the region from its  birth  in the 1880’s to modern day. His critically acclaimed photographic essays, recently published by Frances Lincoln, include ‘A Year In The Life of The Langdale Valleys’  and ‘A Year In The Life of Borrowdale’. He has presented a number of videos on walks amongst the fells and dales.