On the Path of the Plague Dogs

Guest post by George Kitching. In Richard Adams’ 1977 bestseller, Plague Dogs, Rowf and Snitter are two dogs subjected to cruel experiments in a vivisection lab. When an unsecured catch and a loose bit of wire afford a means of escape, they find themselves in the Coniston Fells. Adams describes the landscape in vivid detail, and original editions of the...

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The Wainwright Signed Prints

Guest post by Graham Wilkinson. Many people know about the Wainwright signed prints and may have even collected a few depicting their favourite locations. One question that occasionally arises concerns how many different prints were actually published. This is a subject that has interested me over many years and here I will share what I have learnt. Let me emphasise at the...

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A Tribute to Wainwright

Guest post by Shane Wilkinson. October 5, 2008 proved to be a very memorable day trip, with the focus of attention being to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Wainwright’s A Pennine Journey completion in 1938. Instead, it turned out to be a fulfilling recollection, and tribute to the master fellwanderer’s works, and their continuing influence around the entire region to...

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Remembering Harry Firth

Guest post by James Firth. I discovered Chris Butterfield’s content rich website through his growing Facebook group Alfred Wainwright Books & Memorabilia. It was a pleasure to reveal to the group, many signed Wainwright books and other collectables that had been passed down through my family. After a short time, Chris kindly asked me if I would like to write...

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Scratch & Co. and Wainwright

Guest post by Matthew Entwistle. As a native of Blackburn, I have upheld a longterm interest in the town’s heritage. In addition to our connections with the cotton trade, as a community we are also proud to be home to the birthplace of Alfred Wainwright. I was first introduced to Wainwright through my dad, a keen walker and owner of...

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Castle Crag

Guest post by Chris Jesty. During one of Chris Butterfield’s visits at my home this summer, he suggested going for a walk to Castle Crag. It had been about 14 years since my last visit there when I was revising The North Western Fells guidebook. I thought it would be a good opportunity to see how much had changed in the intervening...

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Into the Wainwright Cave

Interview by Tony Greenbank. Chris Butterfield quizzes me as if he, not I, was Cumbria’s interviewer, after activating his smartphone recorder in the Borrowdale Hotel lounge. “So you, Tony Greenbank, were an assistant in Kendal library in the 1950s and actually stamped Alfred Wainwright’s library books?” he says, pointing his coffee cup at me. “Incredible! And you once fined him...

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Ron Hill and Wainwright

Guest post by David Pitt. In 2015 a friend in Bampton who was a volunteer driver for our village car scheme rang me and said that whilst taking a long-time valley resident, Ron Hill, to Carlisle hospital he was told that Ron had known Alfred Wainwright many years earlier and had been on walks with him. Fascinated I eventually persuaded...

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TV Memories

Guest post by Richard Else. When I was researching Wainwright Revealed, one question kept recurring and was fundamental to the years we spent together. I kept asking myself, did he enjoy making the films? It’s a simple question but one that for a long time I found impossible to answer. Normally I’d say let the facts speak for themselves, but...

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