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The Lake District Tree of Light - organised by the Rotary Club of Keswick, the tree is a magnificent beech tree situated next to the Cenotaph in the centre of Keswick, the ‘heartbeat’ of the Lake District. All proceeds from the Lake District Tree of Light will go to the many charities and local good causes which the Rotary Club of Keswick supports. For more information please go to their website

Wainwrights On The Air - A non-profit group of amateur radio enthusiasts encouraging people to have a go at the 214 Wainwright Fells as part of their enjoyment of amateur radio

Animal Rescue Cumbria - AW used his considerable royalties to establish the Kapellan animal shelter near Kendal

The Mountain Rescue Service will provide assistance to anyone who becomes lost or injured in the mountains, fells or moorland for whatever reason. The service is provided 24 hours per day 7 day per week and operates in all weather conditions

Fylde Coast Ramblers - A friendly and unpretentious walking club based on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire. Popular destinations include the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Derbyshire's Peak District and Lancashire. New members are very welcome - The Wainwright Society is a member of the Cumbrian conservation charity Nurture Lakeland, which works with visitors and with tourism related businesses throughout Cumbria to fundraise for conservation and raise awareness of environmentally sustainable practices. As members of Nurture Lakeland and with the help of our visitors we promote sustainable tourism and fundraise for conservation projects. For more information about Nurture Lakeland and the projects we help them to support, visit

Frances Lincoln Publishers have acquired the rights to the complete works of A. Wainwright and will return the printing to Kendal in accordance with the author's original wishes

YHA (England & Wales) is part of the International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF) - the largest budget accommodation network in the world

The Glaramara Centre, located at the head of the stunningly beautiful Borrowdale valley in the Lake District, offers a multi-purpose venue for outdoor activities, team development, skills courses, group accommodation and a host of other uses

The Ramblers' Association is Britain's biggest organisation working for walkers, a registered charity with 137,000 members across England, Scotland and Wales

Westmorland & North Lancs LDWA is a dynamic and friendly group of the Long Distance Walkers Association, with over 40 members, organising social walks, an annual group away weekend and challenge events in some of the most scenic locations of the UK

Natural England is the government’s adviser on the natural environment, providing practical scientific advice on how to look after England's landscapes and wildlife. The site has information about Open Access, Protected sites and species, Parks, trails and nature reserves, land management and other similar subjects.

Kendal Sea Cadets - This new website highlights the fact that Alfred Wainwright was the Treasurer of the Unit back in 1947

The Pennine Way Association is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers. It was founded in 1971 as "a focus of public interest" in Britain's first and finest long distance footpath

LDWA Hill Walkers Register - includes a register of all those individuals who have reached the summit of all the hills featured in Alfred Wainwright's Guides to the Lakeland Fells

The Calvert Trust - The Calvert Trust has over 30 years of experience in delivering exciting, challenging and enjoyable outdoor activity adventures to all ages and abilities

Books, Biography & Bibliography - The writers and artists of the Cumbrian Cthulhu project are proud to announce the release of the first two collected volumes of illustrated stories. All profits from Cumbrian Cthulhu will be donated to The Lake District Search And Mountain Rescue Association - Based in the Wasdale Valley in the English Lake District, for sixteen years Striding Edge Productions has been providing the very best hill walking programmes. It started with Wainwright. Eric Robson, who is one of the directors of the company, was Wainwright’s walking companion in the classic television series. They now offer a wide range of outdoor DVDs and books along with other products which will appeal to all outdoor enthusiasts

Kirkland Books is a secondhand bookshop in Kendal with Wainwright books as one of their specialties. The website includes a comprehensive bibliography with a separate guide to AW first editions, which will be of interest to collectors

Kendal Museum - Alfred Wainwright was Honorary Clerk and Curator to Kendal Museum from 1945-1974. The Museum has many of his original pen and ink drawings on display including original pages for his famous 'Pictorial Guides'

Visit Cumbria contains a brief biography of Alfred Wainwright, along with other interesting information about the County.

Mountain Lakes Books contains an illustrated bibliography of the first fifty of A. Wainwright's books which may be of interest to collectors of his work / Colin Antwis  produces relief/tactile Maps of the Lake District, Coast to Coast and illustrations of the Lakeland Fells

The Outdoor Guide (TOG) is a resource for people, in particular families who love the outdoors. TOG is a curated site that aims to pull together all sorts of information for walks all around the UK. From outdoor related gear and gadgets, to hotels and campsites, not forgetting the latest news from our outdoor based partners.

Phil's GPS Mountain Resources has GPS Waypoint Files for Wainwright's hill tops. Phil has also recorded GPS routes for much of his own Wainwright bagging - Society member Jonathan Smith has developed this site to give information on walks in the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales

The Pennine Way Association - a registered charity run entirely by volunteers. It was founded in 1971 as 'a focus of public interest' in Britain’s first long distance footpath.

Back to the Wall - Andrew Lambert's blog is aimed at collating information for the as yet untitled guidebook of the walk that was undertaken in 1998 following Wainwright's route of 1938

A Pennine Journey is a challenging circular walk of 247 miles, passing through the wonderful variety of terrain and scenery the north of England offers whilst touching on all the major rivers in the region. It recreates the momentous expedition by Alfred Wainwright in 1938. This site gives a history of AW's original publication and details of the new book published by Francis Lincoln in 2010 along with other interesting items, including the Pennine Journey Supporters Club'.

The Cumbria Way is the complete resource centre for walkers wishing to tackle this magnificent 70 odd mile walk through Cumbria

Striding Edge includes pictures and details of each individual Lake District Wainwright fell, including accurate GPS co-ordinates and a picture of every summit visited

UK Lake District is a website being developed by one of our members which has many photographs of The Lake District, organised into sections corresponding to The Pictorial Guides.

Photography & Art

Andy Beck Images - the website of artist and photographer Andy Beck.

art by ray bradshaw - Society member Ray Bradshaw's paintings are in the main observations from within the English Countryside, especially the English Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales

Derry Brabbs collaborated with AW to produce a hugely popular seven book series on the English Lake District, Scotland and the Pennine Way and Coast to Coast long distance footpaths

MyWainwrights is Society member Gary Richardson's photographic walking journal with individual Lake District Fell details, photos and route maps

Val Corbett Photography a freelance photographer who lives on the eastern fringes of the Lake District and has spent over 25 years shooting stunning images of the area

Lakeland & Cumbria

Patterdale Village Store was the first place to sell Wainwright's Pictorial Guides and sells a wide range of food, drinks and gifts as well as walking gear and souvenirs.

Absolute Escapes is a leading specialist in self-guided walking holidays on some of the finest long distance trails in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, including the Coast to Coast and Cumbria Way

Wainwright House in Kendal is run by Society members David and Shirley Evans. AW stayed in this Georgian house, Betty’s family home, while recuperating from pneumonia in 1970.  Facilities include en-suite, satellite TV, wifi and a large car park is owned by Simon Cleasby, AW’s neighbour when he lived on Kendal Green in the 70’s. Simon is still a passionate admirer of AW, and a supporter of Animal Rescue Cumbria

Lakeland Walker - Paul Rose's ongoing attempt at climbing the 214 fells described by Alfred Wainwright in his seven Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells

Lake District Walks - John Dawson's site contains detailed descriptions of over 40 walks

C2C Packhorse - Coast to Coast Holidays & Services for Walkers & Cyclists: Accommodation Packages, passenger transfers, baggage and bike transfers

The Good Life Cottage Company - an independent independent, family run business started in 2008 with over 10 years experience in letting self-catering holiday cottages

The Barn House - Bed & Breakfast establishment located on the Coast to Coast route at Orton in Cumbria.
Tel: 015396 24259 email:

Blenheim Lodge B&B nestles into Brantfell in Bowness-on-Windermere and has extensive Lake and fell views. Discounts are available to Society members details of which are on the Member Discounts section

Sherpa Expeditions have been running walking holidays in the UK since 1973 and have many 15-, 16-, and 17-day trips throughout the year. These include their 18-day Coast-to-Coast Rambler, which includes all accommodation, baggage transfers, route notes and maps