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The Outlying Fells of Lakeland Hardcover – 17 Apr 2003
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Wainwright's dry humour shines through - as well as his frustration at his own increasing limitations at the time - and his opening diagrams made me laugh out loud. (Cumbria Life)
AW's originals and Chris Jesty's revisions will always have a place on my shelves as the definitive guides - to consult pre- and post-walk, and of course far, far too precious to take out of the fells. (Cumbria)
For days when the weather puts the higher fells out of bounds or when you want a shorter half-day or evening walk, this guide provides a range of excellent options. In view of the large amendments in this revised edition needed to reflect changes that have taken place to routes in the past 38 years. I consider this to be a very useful acquisition for walkers. (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.
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I have completed several of the walks Potter Fell and Claife Heights being particular favourites. Well worth adding to the other editions
I bought this because it covers some of the minor molehills surrounding where I live - I already had the seven Wainwright only editions of the major fells.
The Jesty edition has routes on the maps in red which makes them easier to read.
I can't say what has been updated on the maps/text as I don't have the original edition.
I already have the original edition and wanted to have the updated edition which is clearer, without changing the format.
1) lets run over the sacred cow of Alfred's handwritten text, lets have it in proper printed form.
2) lets have some photographs
3) lets have some more walks in "the middle" and the north of the lake district.
guess my membership of the AW club just lapsed !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Routes for the very popular "Doggy Baggers".
This series cannot be faulted. shame the old man isn't here to comment
I bought this book because I wanted an updated version of the one I already own...It's another classic from our Alfred...I love that man...Published on 28 Jan. 2013 by Mr. C. J. Withers
No review is necessary for an AW item, the mans genius is on every page. Even if you don't walk,read.Published on 6 Aug. 2012 by Peter Boardman
Brilliant addition to the seven pictorial guides, a must for any Wainwright fan!! espeacially the updated version where all main paths are dictated in red.Published on 28 Dec. 2011 by churchman
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