Robert Drake
White Croft Cottage




01387 780652

Summer 2019

The last few bundles have gone to good homes, and the willow store is empty. We look forward to the next harvest, which will take place next January, but possibly earlier, in December. Any queries, please get in touch.


Nothing to do with willow, but anyone keen on literature about the countryside and traditional rural crafts may be interested in the following publications:

A Solitary Trade

The Art and Craft of Dry Stone Walling

by Robert Drake

As a craftsman, Robert Drake knows his trade inside out. He has a deep respect for his material and the long traditions of his craft. He is aware of the world about him, of a stillness and a solitude and a timelessness which few of us these days are able to experience. This is a beautiful and perceptive book. (Steve Matthews, Bookcase)

This would be the ideal book for attendees at dry stone walling courses, to reinforce what they have learned. They will find it invaluable. (Nick Aitken, Dry Stone Walling Association)

Paperback 98pp ISBN 9781904147381

Available from the author, £9.00 inc p&p - please make cheque or postal order payable to 'Robert Drake'.


Becks and Gills of the Northern Fells

by Robert Drake

The becks and gills of the English Lake District's Northern Fells are unknown territory. To follow them upstream is to voyage through a tapestry of interest and beauty and delight. The most obvious feature is the watercourse itself, and that simple element proves what a variety of effects it can achieve as water plays with the underlying geology and the surrounding vegetation.

Waterfalls and cascades pour themselves into pools of infinite variation. Like fingerprints, no two could be identical. They may be dark and mysterious with peaty water, or gleaming with a slew of golden gravel under the pellucid flow.

Paperback 122pp ISBN 978-1-90414-759-6

£11 inc p&p, from the author. Cheque/PO payable to 'Robert Drake'


A Line on Stone - a well-received collection of poems on varied subjects, but where stone in its many forms predominates. Paperback 66pp ISBN 0951758101. £4.00 inc p&p.

(If ordering multiple copies of these books, please email to request an advantageous rate for p&p)