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Western Fells
By Alfred Wainwright

The Western Fells

Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells (Lake District & Cumbria) Book 7 Anniversary edition

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Western Fells by Alfred Wainwright

Book Awards

  • Winner of Walk Reader Awards: Best Walking Book - Gold 2009.

Book Description

The Western Fells offer widely diverse scenery and popular resorts such as Buttermere and Wasdale Head. They include fine peaks such as Pillar and Great Gable that rise close to 3,000 feet. There is also the fascinating Haystacks (where Wainwright asked that his ashes be scattered) and valley and lake scenery of the very best vintage. The Pictorial Guides by A. Wainwright, written half a century ago, have been treasured by generations of walkers. This edition of The Western Fells is freshly reproduced from Wainwright's original hand-drawn pages.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780711224605
ISBN-10: 0711224609
Format: Hardback
(170mm x 112mm x 19mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells by Alfred Wainwright Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Hardback (July 2016)

The original Pictorial Guide to the Far Eastern Fells of Lakeland - freshly reproduced from Wainwright's original pages.

Wainwright's Illustrated Walking Guide to the Lake District by Alfred Wainwright Wainwright's Illustrated Walking Guide to the Lake District, Paperback (March 2016)

Book 3 of a new set of Walkers Editions of Alfred Wainwright's Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells, fully updated and checked by Clive Hutchby.

Western Fells by Alfred Wainwright Western Fells, Hardback (January 2016)

The original Pictorial Guide to the Western Fells of Lakeland - freshly reproduced from Wainwright's original pages.

Wainwright's Illustrated Walking Guide to the Lake District Fells by Alfred Wainwright Wainwright's Illustrated Walking Guide to the Lake District Fells, Paperback (October 2015)

Book 2 of a new set of Walkers Editions of Alfred Wainwright's Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells, fully updated and checked by Clive Hutchby.

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Author Biography - Alfred Wainwright

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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