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The Western Fells

Alfred Wainwright & Clive Hutchby
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One name above all others has become associated with walking in the Lake District: A. Wainwright, whose seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, first published in 1955–66, has become the definitive guidebook. Wainwright’s meticulously hand-drawn maps, diagrams and drawings take you up the 214 principal hills and mountains of the Lake District, describing the main routes of ascent from different starting points, as well as lesser-known variants, showing the summit viewpoint panoramas and the ridge routes that can be made to create longer walks . The Western Fells, Book Seven of Wainwright’s Walking Guide, covers Great Gable and the High Stile and Pillar ranges, overlooking the Ennerdale, Cocker and Wasdale valleys.


About the authors

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

Clive Hutchby climbed his very first Lakeland fell just two years after the publication of the last of legendary fellwalker and guidebook writer Alfred Wainwright ’s seven Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells, and a full six years before the author relented to ‘pressure’ from his fans and produced his final guide to the mountains of the English Lake District, The Outlying Fells of Lakeland. After conquering Catbells, he has grown taller (and older, unfortunately), and in the intervening years since has edited newspapers in England and the United States and also worked in Ireland. In all three countries he has won journalism awards for writing and designing. Clive is the author of The Wainwright Companion, published in 2012, of which Cumberland News wrote 'No-one has analysed the Pictorial Guidebooks produced by Alfred Wainwright more closely than Clive Hutchby. He's counted the clouds in every book'.

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