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The Southern Fells Second Edition (Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells) [Hardcover]

Alfred Wainwright , Chris Jesty
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24 Mar 2007 Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells
The Southern Fells include the highest, roughest, grandest fells in Lakeland including the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike. Wainwright – a fell-walking legend in his own lifetime – knew the terrain and conveyed its grandeur and beauty like nobody else. In this unique Pictorial Guide, he writes of the glorious curves and simple grandeur of Great Langdale; of Wasdale, 'an emerald amongst sombre hills'; of enchanting Borrowdale; of the sparkling radiance of the Duddon; and of the most delectable valley of all – Eskdale, 'sanctuary of peace and solitude'.



This second edition of The Southern Fells has been brilliantly revised by Chris Jesty, a trained cartographer who worked with Wainwright on some of the maps in his later large-format guides. All footpaths have been rewalked, all routes checked, all maps and text updated. Paths and routes have been picked out in red to make them easier to follow, and parking information has been added. This new edition of the classic walking guide is Wainwright for the 21st century.

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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; 2nd Revised edition edition (24 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071122658X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711226586
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,440 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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Review

A. Wainwright for the 21st century with all the style but none of
the inaccuracies which had crept in as paths changed since Wainwright
walked them. -- Cumbria, November 2006

Something's happened to the late AW's classic guidebooks!...The
updating makes them, once again, contemporary guides.
-- TGO - The Great Outdoors, January 2007

This new edition retains all the charm of the original editions,
but it is accessible and appealing in equal measure to a new generation of
walkers. --The Sunday Telegraph, 15th October 2006

About the Author

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.



Chris Jesty trained as a cartographer with the Ordnance Survey. He devised Scafell Pike Panorama, a guide to the view from the highest mountain in England, for which Wainwright provided illustrations. When Wainwright's health deteriorated, Chris helped him with the maps for two of his large-format books. Shortly before he died, Wainwright said that if ever the Pictorial Guides were to be revised, Chris Jesty should be given the job. He lives in Kendal.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Companion To The Central Fells 30 April 2009
Format:Hardcover
If you have used a Wainwright guide before, you won't need to be informed any further just how wonderful these pocket books are. However, if you are a newcomer to the fells, or haven't come across this series yet, then please believe me when I say that there is simply no better companion to exploring the peaks of the Lake District.

For those whose interest is purely to walk the fells, these books cover every angle of the mountains to a remarkable extent, including route descriptions, maps, summit views, and some beautiful hand-drawn pictures by the author. Be aware that these guides cover the fells only, though, so for a wider coverage regarding attractions, etc. within the Lake District, you will require another guidebook in addition. I know that for me, at least, these books are more than enough!

Wainwright's books were fastidious and personal account of his Lakeland, which makes them a thoroughly enjoyable read - all too often now, most guides just describe facts in an incredibly detached manner, and how to get the most for your money.

Though I have a great deal of affection for the original books, I would recommend the revised editions, updated by Chris Jesty, which are distinguished from the original editions by the colour photographs on the cover. Wainwright himself was more than aware that in the future his guides would become steadily inaccurate, since mountain paths come and go over 50 years, and Mr Jesty has done a diligent job in detailing changes that have occurred to the original routes and their environment, whilst maintaining the spirit of the original guides. In addition, the paths are marked in red ink on the maps, making them much easier to follow whilst on the fells.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wainwright lives! 2 Jun 2007
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This is an astonishingly good revision of the classic guide, which I have used for many years. If you're going to use it 'in anger' it's to be preferred to the original edition.

In a sense, Chris Jesty does himself an injustice, because his new material is spliced in so incredibly well with Wainwright's, both in style and in lettering, that it's often only when you look at the original that you realise that it actually is new material.

Also, the quality of the reproduction is excellent - better, as far as I can see, than that of the later printings of the first edition

The same comments apply to the revised 'Central Fells', and, on the strength of these excellent volumes, I have ordered the other two.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential walking companion 1 Jan 2010
By Vinny
Format:Hardcover
This was the first Wainwright guide I bought after reading the excellent reviews and the reputation of the author, Alfred Wainwright. It's hard to believe that these books were first published over 50 years ago. They remain the best guides to walking in the Lake District - there is nothing to touch them. They are so good that I ended up buying the whole collection. If you are a newcomer to fell walking then I would highly recommend you purchase one. They cover all the fells in great detail, the drawings of the fells and routes are excellent and they show you things from the unique perspective of the author, things you'd never see on an OS map. It's no wonder Wainwright is held in such high regard.

I would also recommend the revised versions as the red pathways make things easier to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive guide 17 April 2012
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These 'little' books are a masterpieces that are not only fun to read but very useful too. This updated edition keep them a must have even long after they were first published, helping anybody make the most of their time exploring the fells of lakeland. Couldn't recommend highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 2 April 2013
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Met my expectations in every way. Can't wait to explore the fells described. Drawings are excellent, if u like the lakes buy this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Central Fells second edition 6 July 2012
By Jim
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Another excellent Wainwright book revised by Chris Jesty,A copy always with me when out on the Fells,Lots of updated Maps and information,I would recommend this book to any ardent Fell walker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AW at his best, a must for all walkers! 21 May 2012
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Really detailed and makes the adventure more exciting. AW is very passionate about the fells which shows through in the detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really useful 15 Nov 2011
By Andy
Format:Hardcover
a good read - now updated to include new features like car parks etc that were not really an issue when his nibs wrote the originals
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5.0 out of 5 stars the perfect guide to the Lakes
I have been a fan of AW for years and finally bought the books to guide me up and down the fells
The pictorial guides contain an incredible amount of information and details
Published 3 months ago by Neil Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Southern Fells second Edition
It's hard to explain the level of detail and the passion for the subject that have gone in to this book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul M. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
As I have said with reviews for the other books in the series that I have bought, these little books are the only ones you need for confident fell walking. Read more
Published 11 months ago by E. Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the Best Of Wainwright's Pictorial Guides
Book Four : The Southern Fells is arguably the best of Wainwright's Pictorial Guides of Lakeland. It has many of the top fells in including Scafell Pike, Scafell, Bowfell, Crinkle... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Chris Underhill
4.0 out of 5 stars Far Eastern Fells
Always wanted to have a set of Wainwrights Fells and this was one I did not have. Will use it as a reference book and look up a fell when I am going to walk it.
Published 17 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars A special book
I remember these books from when I was a kid going to the Lake District with my family. I haven't climbed a mountain for about 30 years but reading this book makes me want to! Read more
Published 23 months ago by R. COOPER
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesty refreshes AW so well!
Just bought all seven of AW's Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland fells as revised by Chris Jesty. Through Amazon they were half the price charged in some Lake Disrict shops and,... Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2011 by Sturat
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent revision of a classic guidebook
In the same way you want to ensure a roadmap/gps is up-to-date so you don't get lost, this book revision is essential to ensure you get the most out of your lake district walks and... Read more
Published on 25 July 2011 by view from the south coast
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