Alfred Wainwright ("A.W.") MBE (17 January 1907 – 20 January 1991) was a British fellwalker, guidebook author and illustrator. His seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, published between 1955 and 1966 and consisting entirely of reproductions of his manuscript, has become the standard reference work to 214 of the fells of the English Lake District. Among his 40-odd other books is the first guide to the Coast to Coast Walk, a 192-mile long-distance footpath devised by Wainwright which remains popular today.
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Read about the filming of the BBC series with AW in Eric Robson’s blunt, humorous and indiscreet broadcasting memoir.
Sorry, only available to UK customers. A new insight into AW's achievement, his place in the tradition of guidebook writing and a life that was essentially solitary.
A. Wainwright's 190-mile walk has over the years become one of the best-loved long-distance routes in the world
The Central Fells, Book Three of Wainwright’ s Walking Guide, covers the popular fells accessible from Great Langdale, Ambleside, Grasmere, Keswick and Borrowdale, including Harrison Stickle, Pike o’ Stickle, Pavey Ark, Silver How Loughrigg Fell, Helm Crag and Walla Crag.
The North Western Fells covers the area between the rivers Derwent and Cocker, bordered by Crummock Water and Buttermere to the west and by Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water to the east.
The Northern Fells, Book Five of the series, covers an area that encompasses both the gentler gradients of the Uldale and Caldbeck Fells and the spectacular mountains of Skiddaw and Blencathra.
A delightful little book that Wainwright drew to support Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.