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The North Western Fells

The North Western Fells was published in March 1964 and Wainwright dedicated it to: “Those unlovely twins MY RIGHT LEG and MY LEFT LEG, staunch supporters that have carried me about for over half a century, enduring much without complaint and never once let me down.” The sixth book in the series was the first without its traditional full-page advert featured...

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The Northern Fells

The Northern Fells was published in April 1962 and was dedicated to: “Those who travel alone THE SOLITARY WANDERERS ON THE FELLS who find contentment in the companionship of the mountains and of the creatures of the mountains” The fifth book in the series was expected to be the biggest seller yet. Keswick was a popular holiday destination, and most...

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The Southern Fells

The Southern Fells was published in April 1960 and was dedicated to: “The hardiest of all fellwalkers THE SHEEP OF LAKELAND the truest lovers of the mountains, their natural homes and providers of their food and shelter.” Even before the book was released, it was highly anticipated to be his biggest selling Lakeland guide of all. Not surprisingly, as this...

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The Central Fells

The Central Fells was published in May 1958 and was dedicated to: “Those eager explorers of the fells THE DOGS OF LAKELAND willing workers and faithful friends, and an essential part of Lakeland life.” With the delay in publishing The Far Eastern Fells, it meant there was only a year’s gap between both guides. Wainwright was already concerned that his...

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Old Roads of Eastern Lakeland

Old Roads of Eastern Lakeland is one of Alfred Wainwrights most overlooked guides. It describes the old pre-turnpike tracks and roads of Eastern Lakeland. Roads include: The Roman Road over High Street The road across Moor Divock Social roads east of Ullswater The Corpse Road Swinedale to Mosedale Quarry Garburn Pass Kentmere to Longsleddale Nan Bield Pass Gatesgarth Pass Longsleddale...

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The Far Eastern Fells

The Far Eastern Fells was published in May 1957 and was dedicated to: “The memory of THE MEN WHO BUILT THE STONE WALLS, which have endured the storms of centuries and remain to this day as monuments to enterprise, perseverance and hard work.” Even before The Eastern Fells was published, Wainwright began work on the next book in the series....

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The Eastern Fells

On 9th November 1952, Alfred Wainwright began an obsessive thirteen-year project, producing seven Pictorial Guides to the Lake District fells. The guides incorporated 214 fells in total. Book one, The Eastern Fells was two years in the making and was published in May 1955. Wainwright dedicated it to: “THE MEN OF THE ORDNANCE SURVEY whose maps of Lakeland have given...

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