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on 1 November 2009
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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on 29 November 2009
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.

So far as this book in particular goes, it is pretty much on par with the others in the series, Wast water and Wasdale head are probably a tad too much effort for the main accommodation areas of the Lakes, so it can be a bit quieter around these areas. You will also find that those who do make the effort to get this far ( upto 2hrs drive from Ambleside for example ) will often be heading up ScaFell Pike or Gable..

A great part of this book and all the others in the series is the summit panoramas. If one is fortunate enough to find oneself on top of any particular fell when there is a clear day, one inevitably wishes to put a name to all the visible peeks. I suggest a photo copy of the panoramas to prevent having to take the book itself, assuming you are using a printed out route ?

So far as the revised edition goes, I think the revised editions have undeniably added to the usefulness of the books. Assuming one's main reason for buying this book is as an informational tool to assist in planning a days walk obviously. There will of course be some who prefer the 'original' as intended. I have one of the original editions which I bought before the revised one was published so I can compare them. I would say that the updates are very well considered, made in such a way as to have limited visual impact to the general style of the book ( you can not differentiate the hand written lettering for example ) and of course they are highly useful. Missing or altered paths and fences , car parks, changed features.. the odd demolished land mark or rebuilt cairn.. it makes a big difference, I have a lot of faith in the revisions.

In summary the sheer amount of detail, care and loving attention that has gone into these book, means it has got to be money well spent. If you like reading about what's out there in the Fells, you want to wet your appetite for adventure, or if you want to explorer a new way to get to the top of your favourite then this is to be recommended. If you just want to do a Sunday afternoon jaunt from the car park or join a gang of your mates to race up the shortest route to Sca fell pike and be back , showered and in the pub by 5pm then I would say don't bother..
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on 24 November 2009
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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on 24 November 2009
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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on 11 May 2012
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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on 21 July 2016
the best guides for the Lakeland Fells, if you are not a total novice. You need a little bit of experience walking there to fully appreciate this majestic work of a most remarkable man. And to discover later on that no guidebook can improve what A.W. has achieved.
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on 10 October 2009
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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on 7 April 2014
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
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on 20 March 2013
Came in plenty of time. Looks good. Good value for money. Was pleased with the item. No problems with the purchase, would definately recommend.
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on 30 June 2013
Choose this book to add to my sons' collection of Wainwright books, he really loves these as the illustrations are so good.
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