The charm of these guides undoubtedly lies in Wainwright’s personal touch with painstakingly detailed heather covered fells and minute contour lines; carefully annotated compass view points; and multiple approaches to each summit. But amongst all this obsessive detail, Wainwright does relax every so often and the hard work is leavened by a joke or two such as: “TAKE CARE DO NOT START FIRE and so waste the effort spent in drawing all the little trees on this map. The Forestry Commission, too, will be annoyed.”
Wainwright’s sketch of the Summit of Coniston Old Man includes details and descriptions of “Tourists looking for Blackpool Tower”, a regimented line of Boy Scouts and “a Solitary fell walker, bless him, looking north to the hills.”
We hope you will find your own favourite vignettes whilst planning your walks!
For further information about Alfred Wainwright, please follow this link to the Wainwright Society.