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Wainwright's TV Walks [Hardcover]

Alfred Wainwright , Eric Robson
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1 Jun 2007
All the 17 walks shown on the television series, plus a bonus from the Outlying Fells, are covered in full in this handy book, bringing together more than 250 pages from the Pictorial Guides.



Wainwright's old friend Eric Robson sets the scene for each walk with stories from the days he spent filming with the great fell-walker, adding his own personal impressions of the fell and the chosen ascent. Practical sections give the length of each route, the ascent in feet, the best O.S. map to take along, how to get to the start of the walk, and suggestions for the best route down.



Here is all you need to get out and enjoy the Lakeland landscape – and who better to take along as your guide than the one and only Alfred Wainwright – much-loved British character and fell-walking legend.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (1 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071122806X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711228061
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 11.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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While purists may prefer to consult their dog-eared first editions, for relative newcomers, these revised guides are significantly more user-friendly. (Lakeland Walker)

This is an opportunity to have the most up-to-date information for these classic fells throughout the Lake District. (Footsteps) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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.



Eric Robson was born in southern Scotland and has lived most of his life in Cumbria. For the last 15 years he has had a small farm in the southern Lake District where he keeps sheep. A broadcaster and television documentary maker, he got to know Alfred Wainwright uncommonly well while filming with him in the 1980s. He was executive producer of Granada's Wainwright Country and consultant for the BBC's Wainwright Walks series. He is best known as the presenter of Radio 4's Gardener's Question Time, where he sees his job as keeping the panellists from 'straying into horticultural Latin'.

To visit Eric's Striding Edge website click here


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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wainwrights TV walks 28 Feb 2008
By DMC
Format:Hardcover
Great pictorial guide using Wainwrights original drawings for 18 walks. Taken from the BBC and Granada tv series. Accompanied by detailed but simple descriptions of what to expect during the walks. Good selection of fell walks from each direction of the Lake District.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Wainwright compilation. 9 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
I found this to be really, really good. Although I have not seen any of the TV series this did not prevent me from enjoying this book. In fact it left me wanting the whole series of his books.
I used this to plan a recent ten hour walk to Scafell Pike and will no doubt use it to plan future walks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this little book 8 Feb 2010
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This is a brilliant 'beginners guide' and will ensure full enjoyment of just a few of Wainwright's walks. For anyone who has loved the TV series it is essential!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Couldn't seem to find this book at WHSmith or Waterstones but easily found it at Amazon. Great little book with maps and routes for those of you that enjoy a good walk at the lakes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wainwright 15 Feb 2010
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I purchased this for my Husband, as he avidly followed the TV series. Its full of wonderfully details maps, and I felt myself looking at them for ages...he puts in so much information! If your a fan of Wainwright...or not..you cant fail to find yourself longing to find the places he has so lovingly described and drawn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect companion to the DVD series 4 Oct 2012
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Fab little book to accompany the wonderful TV series. We've got all of Wainwright's Guides. We've used them on walks but just sat at home (far from the Lakes!) and reading them instantly transports you to the fells. Would recommend this book if you're thinking of following any of the walks from the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars walk tastic 7 May 2012
By steve
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marvelous book easy to follow and very informative,shows really good maps with every detail.would recommend to anyone.have used it several times and been very impressed
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4.0 out of 5 stars wainwright 4 Dec 2011
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just what you expect from a wainwright book. Well written, easily followed when out walking. Enjoy reading them even when not on the fells
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting book, sometimes a little difficult to follow maps.
Published 1 month ago by roger wallace
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book.
Having seen the tv series I decided to buy the book and am really pleased with it. Just need to organise a walking hol now. Arrived very quickly and packaged well. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Julia Angell
5.0 out of 5 stars walking guides
great book & guide for the lakes compact & detail maps help to plan & navigate your walks in the lakes
Published 13 months ago by Mr Peter A Fothergill
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Came in plenty of time. Looks good. Good value for money. Was pleased with the item. No problems with the purchase, would definately recommend.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs A
5.0 out of 5 stars Wainwright's TV Walks Second Edition
An excellent pocket sized book with good distinguishing features to help the adventurist in navigating the 'Fells'. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Woody
5.0 out of 5 stars Wainwright's TV walks
This was bought for a friend's 65th birthda. He is an avid walker and enjoys reading Wainwright's descriptions of walks.
Published on 29 Jun 2012 by Knype1
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Worm
This product arrived swiftly in excellent condition and has everything you would like to know about walks in the Lake District as per Alfred Wainwright including maps.
Published on 14 Nov 2011 by KC
4.0 out of 5 stars Wainwrights walks
Excellent book with easy to follow content. I aim to complete all walks in a two year period. Recommend the book
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by Bento
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Book!
Great value. All you need to expand onto the TV series plus additional walks as well.
Published on 10 Nov 2010 by Want the Best
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