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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; 2nd Revised edition edition (8 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711221995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711221994
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.1 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,332 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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There will be hundreds of books published in the next two weeks in preparation for Christmas, but if you want one that you know will well received by any walker on this side of the Lake District then it's this one. (Whitehaven News)

Wainwright would certainly have approved of this reworking. (Cumbria)

In view of the large number of amendments to this revised edition of Book 7, I feel that even if [Wainwright Society] members have the original guide, it makes practical sense to purchase the revised version if only for the number of route changes. For a modest outlay, walkers can have the most up-to-date guide to the western fells. (Footsteps)

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard, Buckinghamshire on 1 Nov 2009
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I love these guides. They bring the mountains alive with their rich commentaries. I now always take the relevant book with me when I climb any Wainwright. I am hoping to climb them all!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael B nr Hull UK on 24 Nov 2009
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Excellent.
The series of 7 books enhances the pleasure of walking the Fells. This 2nd Edition offers the security of a recent update and route inspection. The drawings incorporate colour (red) for paths - a distinct benefit.

We have walked 130 of the Wainwright peaks so far and would not dream of setting off without the appropriate 'book'. Compact and easy to carry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Gudger on 24 Nov 2009
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As like the previous six guides,it's an invaluable fell walking pocket map/book. also I find them (all seven) a great fireside read when at home.Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim on 11 May 2012
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An excellent updated copy of Alfred Wainwrights the Western fells,Chris Jesty has done a great job on this revised edition which was way over due i like the way he has made the paths stand out more in red much easier to see at a glance i will look forward to buying the rest of the updated versions,well done Chris,Thanks.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon Parker on 29 Nov 2009
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I was directed to the Lake District by the BBC programme with JB which I'm sure every one here will have seen or heard about.

I have developed a kinship with the Lakeland fells over the last 3 years or so and have collected these revised books as they have been released. I use them in conjunction with a deep fascination and amazement of the technology behind GPS and Google earth, electronic mapping and also web sites where you can download pre-packaged walking routes, some times complete with uploadable GPS waypoints.

Wainwright is of course still the definitive reference for all things Lakeland Fell related. Were you may wish to invest in additional research or money is the actual route plans them selves. There are a great many classic well trodden routes in the Lakes and these books do not necessary give one an easy route off the page for a days walk. They make excellent reading as back ground study for the routes though. Indeed if ones objective is simply to climb Great Gable and explore the myriad alternatives and nooks and crannies then this is your book.

All to often when out walking on the fells you will see large groups of people all trudging up the same path to the same meeting place on the top of a fell. The expenditure of half an hour with this book and a little forethought and planning could easily turn a great day out into a spiritually uplifting , exciting adventure away from the masses where one can enjoy their own space. All that is needed is an understanding of where any main 'touristy' lines of attack reside and then a little work with the WR books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By actionman023 on 10 Oct 2009
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This map is in-vaulable to me i take my car and go walking but unlike other maps this is more detailed and shows all the parking places, really good and reccommended
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