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A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Book 3: The Central Fells [Hardcover]

Alfred Wainwright
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1 April 2005
The Central Fells of Lakeland include the ever-popular Langdale Pikes, the supremely lovely foothills overlooking Borrowdale and the 'silent forests and gaunt crags' above the dark waters of Thirlmere. The Pictorial Guides by A. Wainwright, written half a century ago, have been treasured by generations of walkers. This edition of The Central Fells is freshly reproduced from Wainwright's original hand-drawn pages.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; Anniversary ed edition (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711224560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711224568
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 11.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,967 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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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.

Afterwards I went often, whenever I could, and always my eyes were lifted to the hills. I was to find then, and it has been so ever since, a spiritual and physical satisfaction in climbing mountains – and a tranquil mind upon reaching their summits, as though I had escaped from the disappointments and unkindnesses of life and emerged above them into a new world, a better world.

In due course I came to live within sight of the hills, and I was well content. If I could not be climbing, I was happy to sit idly and dream of them, serenely. Then came a restlessness and the feeling that it was not enough to take their gifts and do nothing in return. I must dedicate something of myself, the best part of me, to them. I started to write about them, and to draw pictures of them. Doing these things, I found they were still giving and I still receiving, for a great pleasure filled me when I was so engaged – I had found a new way of escape to them and from all else less worth while.

Thus it comes about that I have written this book. Not for material gain, welcome though that would be (you see I have not escaped entirely!); not for the benefit of my contemporaries, though if it brings them also to the hills I shall be well pleased; certainly not for posterity, about which I can work up no enthusiasm at all. No, this book has been written, carefully and with infinite patience, for my own pleasure and because it has seemed to bring the hills to my own fireside. If it has merit, it is because the hills have merit."

A. Wainwright died in 1991 at the age of 84.


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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent walking guide 7 Feb 2006
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I've been a Lakeland enthusiast for quite a number of years, but it was only on my most recent trip that I was in a bookshop and noticed seven little white books... everywhere. I didn't really think much of it, until I was bought one for my birthday - book seven. It had the Great Gable walk in it, a mountain which I still haven't found the time to climb, but I'll get round to it.
I read it from cover to cover - unusual, considering it's a guidebook, and was immediately hooked. Wainwright has classified and categorised the Lake District so perfectly and so completely that if you have walked the paths he describes, you can almost see the views in your mind as you read the books. They are all lovingly and painstakingly produced - the hours he must have spent poring over maps and trespassing over various farmers' fields! Wainwright himself said that they were 'love letters' to the Lake District.
An absolute must-have series for anyone who likes to wander around the fells.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book for walkers and non walkers 17 Mar 2014
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This book is a good read for the walker and none walker. Wainwright gives a lot of detail to his work and you can feel like you are walking with him
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5.0 out of 5 stars The one and only AW 17 Aug 2013
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Beware of other publications. The wainwrights are the only fell walking guide you need when in this beautiful area. Artistically beautiful as well as reliable. Unbeatable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The hill walking classic 16 Jun 2013
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Classic! A must have for any hillwalking enthusiast. The descriptions and drawings are wonderful. The full collection is a great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Craigie 6 Mar 2013
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Arrived on time. A must for all hikers of the lakes. Routes galore from beginners to the more adventures. Get the other six.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wainwright 16 Feb 2013
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What else can one say about AW that has not already been said?

If you love fell walking odds on you will love Wainwright.
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