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Fellwalking With Wainwright [Hardcover]

Alfred Wainwright , Derry Brabbs
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (1985)
  • ISBN-10: 0718124286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718124281
  • ASIN: B001H88LLO
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 20.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,525,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Blackburn in 1907, Alfred Wainwright left school at the age of 13. A holiday at the age of 23 kindled a life-long love affair with the Lake District. Following a move to Kendal in 1941 he began to devote every spare moment he had to researching and compiling the original seven Pictorial Guides. He described these as his 'love letters' to the Lakeland Fells and at the end of the first, The Eastern Fells, he wrote about what the mountains had come to mean to him:
"I suppose it might be said, to add impressiveness to the whole thing, that this book has been twenty years in the making, for it is so long, and more, since I first came from a smoky mill-town (forgive me, Blackburn!) and beheld, from Orrest Head, a scene of great beauty, a fascinating paradise, Lakeland's mountains and trees and water. That was the first time I had looked upon beauty, or imagined it, even."
A. Wainwright died in 1991 at the age of 84.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lift your eyes up to the hills - then go there 7 Sep 2007
Purists (a breed whom AW understood well) will probably argue that the only genuine article is the original set of seven Pictorial Guides.

If they do, they are partially missing the point. The original guides are the core, and literally the source, of many of the Wainwright books which followed them. This is one of those books. Wainwright's text is enhanced by a smattering of his exquisite draughtsmanship, and by the beautiful Derry Brabbs photographs. In a recent TV interview, Brabbs showed that he has a good handle on AW's strengths and foibles.

As a very average fellwalker, and a late starter, I yesterday reached the point where I have completed half of the 18 walks in this book. The book was the biggest single inspiration to get me this far. Someone on a recent TV programme (this may have been Derry Brabbs again)called Wainwright a "trudger". Nothing wrong with trudging if it gets you there, and you use the experience to enthral generations of trudgers by your description of the routes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Wainwright 11 Aug 2010
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Lovers of the English Lake District almost universally love Alfred Wainwright's wonderful volumes of `Pictorial Guides' detailing individual fells in guidebook format. In more narrative style this `Fellwalking with Wainwright' AW links some of the fells together or he describes combined ascent-descent routes to give 18 circular walks claimed as "the author's favourite walks in Lakeland". Any such choice is inevitably subjective, but having done all 18 I can vouch for their top quality. If his already sizeable book could have been increased to a `top-twenty' I would have liked AW to include a short circuit of Grasmoor and Whiteside from Lanthwaite Green, plus the superb but longer ridge walk around Ennerdale's summits from Great Borne to Crag Fell - incorporating his beloved Haystacks. Other subjective issues would be a preference for Birkness Combe rather than Burtness Combe, or Pavey Arc rather than Ark - but I dare not contradict AW. However I can fill a gap in his encyclopaedic knowledge of the Lake District by naming his 2 unknown gullies on Great End (page 184) where G and H are respectively One Pitch Gully and Window Gully.

This highly visual `Fellwalking with Wainwright' is an updated version of the 1984 edition when photographer Derry Brabbs first collaborated with Wainwright. There are some new illustrations and it has been brought up to date with minor revisions like a warning of rock-fall dangers on Lord's Rake (page 199). Photographs are of a variable nature as can be assessed from Scafell views of rock features on Scafell (pages 200 & 201) but the subject matter is exemplary. There are many traditional vistas together with aspects directly relating to the walks, plus unusual views as the buttress of Steeple (page 23).
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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic for every fellwalker's collection 4 Mar 2010
By Nick
Not an alternative to the classic series of guides but as a supplement to them this is an idiosyncratic and personal view from a master. The photography is always excellent and frequently stunning. If there is a drawback it is that Wainright assumed a good level of walking expertise and passes off some of the most challenging and scary walks in the Lakes (Sharp Edge for example) as interesting or preferable to the commonly used routes.From experience treat those with a little caution!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read 10 Mar 2014
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Great book for anyone who loves the outdoors - best read with the appropriate OS map to hand for reference! Fantastic photos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wainwright 25 Oct 2013
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If you know the Lake District and the works of Alfred Wainwright you will know that he knows what he writes about. This is another example.
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