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Wainwright's early years revealed
The Whitehaven News 23/11/2010 A Whitehaven bookseller has revealed how a dear friend and early mentor of
his was the same man who taught the young Alfred Wainwright to draw ....
AW on the TV
Westmorland Gazette 15/10/2010 Alfred Wainwright is the subject of two programmes on the BBC Inside Out series. They feature Wainwright's lone walk from Settle in the Yorkshire Dales up to Hadrian's Wall and back, which he undertook on the eve of the Second World War ....
Alfred Wainwright’s early years come under scrutiny on the airwaves with two programmes about the curmudgeonly fellwalker ....
Wainwright Society 2011 Calendar
Mountain rescuers will benefit from this year’s sales of a Calendar produced by fans of the late Alfred Wainwright. The Wainwright Society will repeat the successful format of its first calendar, which last year raised £3,800 for the Fix the Fells project ....
Debenhams new model?
fashionista.com 27 Jul 2010 -"Department store Debenhams has enlisted a famous new model to help sell their menswear. If you think they’re banking on chiseled abs, a sparkling smile, and curly mane to attract shoppers, think again.
Debenhams’ new menswear model is Alfred Wainwright ...."
Wainwright Society recreates historic first walk
Lancashire Telegraph 8/6/10 - "Fans of fell walker Alfred Wainwright gathered yesterday to spend a day celebrating his life. Members of the Wainwright Society, many dressed in period costume, marked the 80th anniversary...."
Grant gives start on Wainwright statue plan for Kendal
Westmorland Gazette - 27/10/09
“As Wainwright said in his Coast to Coast Walk, the Lake District is the loveliest part of England, and Borrowdale is the fairest of its valleys,” ...
Festival plans to walk in Wainwright's footsteps
Hexham Courant - 23/10/09
He was renowned as a curmudgeonly, solitary soul, so it's hard to imagine a romantic Alfred Wainwright ...
Adding colour to famous Alfred Wainwright views
Teesdale Mercury - 22/09/09
AN artist from Barnard Castle is nearing the end of a mammoth project to bring colour to Alfred Wainwright's pen-and-ink sketches of the Lake District. ...
Wainwright pod casts launched
News & Star - 17/08/09
Fans of legendary fell walker Alfred Wainwright can now follow in his footsteps - guided by the man himself. ...
Dad's 1800-mile labour of love
Cambridge Evening News - 30/06/09
While reading a guide to the Pennines, penned by Alfred Wainwright, the revered writer and walker, Malcolm came across a reference to the watershed route. ...
Lake District literary giants go head to head
Westmorland Gazette - 19/06/09
The works of William Wordsworth, Alfred Wainwright, Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome will compete against modern-day Lake District and Cumbrian writers for ...
Why Julia Bradbury thinks Britain is best
Sunday Mercury - 05/06/09
“Standing on a Cumbrian mountain, gazing across the valleys below, is an experience on a par with any place I’ve been. It’s just breathtaking" ...
The little town taking a leaf out of Hay's book
guardian.co.uk - 17/04/09
Looming over the town and its public school are the Howgill Fells, favourites of Alfred Wainwright, the pipe-smoking patron saint of walking, ...
Why rambling rocks for TV presenter Julia Bradbury
Times Online - 25/04/09
My first fell was Haystacks — the “shaggy terrier”, as Alfred Wainwright called it. Wainwright is arguably the Walking God of the Lake District. ...
Youngest person to climb all 214 Wainwrights is just ...
Thaindian.com - 17/04/09
The youngest person to climb all 214 peaks in Alfred Wainwright’s Lake District guides is just five years old. ...
The man who hated celebrity: Alfred Wainwright ...
Daily Mail - 01/04/09
He abhorred anything which smacked of personal publicity and the notion that, by his stupendous sales, he had in effect become a famous author, filled him with horror. ...
Alfred Wainwright family's anger over plans to erect statue
Daily Mail - 31/03/09
Friends and relatives are far from delighted. Indeed, they claim he would be 'turning in his grave' at the prospect of a life-sized bronze of himself ...
Lake District, a 6 anni scala 214 cime
Montagna.tv - Bergamo, Italy - 10/03/09
La guida, in 7 volumi, descrive la salita delle 214 montagne fatta da Alfred Wainwright, il primo a completare la scalata di tutte le cime della zona. ...
Sculptor describes his vision for Wainwright tribute
Westmorland Gazette - 05/03/09
Graham Ibbeson, who created the celebrated statues of Eric Morecambe in Morecambe and Laurel and Hardy in Ulverston, plans to depict Alfred Wainwright in ...
It’s not what AW had in mind...
News & Star - 19/02/09
IT’S ironic that the shy and retiring Alfred Wainwright, who eschewed the limelight in his lifetime, has never been out of the spotlight since his death. ...
Why private genius Alfred Wainwright deserves a public monument
guardian.co.uk - 17/02/09
Highly uncomfortable in any kind of spotlight, the lyric master of the guide book is due a memorial statue ...
Mixed reaction to Wainwright tribute plans
Westmorland Gazette - 13/02/09
The owner of a popular Lakes tourism business believes that a proposed statue of Alfred Wainwright should be built in the Lake District ...
Reclusive Wainwright to stand tall in town centre
Times Online - 07/02/09
A statue of the fell walker and author Alfred Wainwright is to stand in the centre of the Lakeland town where he lived. The bronze, which will cost an ...
For his stoicism if nothing else, we should admire Becks
New Statesman - 05/02/09
I used to say, when asked for three heroes, Glenn Hoddle, Alfred Wainwright and Paul McCartney. I can hardly believe I used to worship Glenda, ...
Celebrity walkers for Wainwright challenge
NW Evening Mail - 20/01/09
During a nine-day period the Wainwright Society will have walkers reaching the summit of every one of the 214 fells listed in Alfred Wainwright’s Pictorial ...
Julia will join Wainwright fundraising challenge
Grough - 13/01/09
The event aims to put someone on every one of the hills detailed in Alfred Wainwright’s renowned pictorial guides during a nine-day period in May. ...
Wainwright is more popular than ever
News & Star - 08/01/09
It is 18 years since his death, but Alfred Wainwright and his works are more popular than ever. Interest in the famous author and the walks he devised ...
Country diary Lake District
guardian.co.uk - 5/01/09
I came across one recently when taking up the challenge Alfred Wainwright flings down as he refuses to describe the way in a guidebook. ...
Wainwright Society honours cancer hero Tom
Grough - 29/12/08
The cancer patient who braved blizzards and torrential rain to complete the Coast-to-Coast walk has been honoured by the Wainwright Society. ...
The Guardian - 06/12/08
Alfred Wainwright may be turning in his grave at the thought of his guides playing on an iPod, but it's a great way to cajole your kids up a mountain, says Kevin Rushby
The Moggy rides again
guardian.co.uk - 06/12/08
Nikolaus Pevsner and the fell-walker Alfred Wainwright are commonly represented as having toured the country in Morris Minors. ...
Thwaites star lights up Blackburn
Blackburn Citizen - 02/12/08
... coming of Christmas each year – and this time the brewer asked a representative of one of Blackburn’s finest sons, Alfred Wainwright, to help them out. ...
My Life In Travel: Frank Skinner, comedian
Independent - 29/11/08
We also did half of the Coast-to-Coast walk, which goes from St Bees on the west coast, across the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, to the east coast. ...
Sharing a Taste of Honey, on an International Scale
New York Times - 28/11/08
Father and son have long been boon traveling companions who tramped together along the classic Coast to Coast Walk of England from St. Bees Head to Robin ...
The greatest walks on Earth
Sydney Morning Herald - 24/10/08
Walk facts Six to seven hours; rough, stony and steep; hard. Read A Pictorial Guide To The Lakeland Fells (Book Four) by Alfred Wainwright. ...
Musician Jamie notches up his seventh album
Times & Star - 23/10/08
“Alfred Wainwright, the author, is also a huge influence on my work. “I think I’ve always been in awe ...
Marilyns, Munros and how to make a mountain out of a moel hill
Grough - UK - 28/09/08
Holme Fell, at 317m, barely scrapes into the one-thousand foot hall of fame, but still warrants a chapter in Alfred Wainwright’s fourth book in the series ...
Society walking in footsteps of Alfred Wainwright
Lancashire Telegraph - 24/09/08
Enthusiasts are today recreating one of the lesser-known walks of Alfred Wainwright 70 years to the day that he first started the route ...
Following steps of Wainwright to Hadrian's Wall
Yorkshire Post - 22/09/08
Seventy years ago, the writer Alfred Wainwright set off from Settle for Hadrian's Wall. Roger Ratcliffe reports on plans to recreate his famous 'Pennine Journey' as a long-distance path. ...
The Welshmen who went up a hill, but came down a mountain
guardian.co.uk - 19/09/08
Like the meticulous Alfred Wainwright, who challenged a string of OS measurements in the Lake District, Myrddyn Phillips, Graham Jackson and John Barnard ...
Exhibition Inspired by Coast Walk
Whitby Gazette - 09/09/08
An exhibition inspired by the coast to coast walk is being exhibited at Robin Hood's Bay's Swell Gallery and Cafe in Chapel Street. ...
‘Wainwright Would Approve’ of Keswick Car Share
Press Release 08/09/08
Television star Julia Bradbury has given Keswick Car Share the thumbs up – saying that even Wainwright would approve.
WR Mitchell : Fond memories of walking the fells with Mrs Wainwright
Yorkshire Post 01/09/08
MY friendship with Alfred Wainwright, the celebrated fell-wanderer, and his second wife, Betty, endured for many years and ended with Betty's recent death ...
Wainwright's widow Betty dies
Grough - UK 21/08/08
The woman who became Alfred Wainwright’s fellwalking companion in his later life has died. Betty Wainwright, the renowned author’s second wife, ...
Boy, 6, in Lakes peak challenge
BBC News - UK 15/08/08
A six-year-old boy is attempting to climb every Lake District peak mentioned in the Wainwright guidebooks.
Keeping the memory of Wainwright alive
Railnews - London, UK 01/07/08
Peter Linney never met the legendary Alfred Wainwright, a man elevated to iconic status among fell-walkers in the Lake District. ...
Beautiful part of the world keeps drawing me back
Wokingham Times 03/06/08
Alfred Wainwright’s Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells are a unique and extraordinary series of books detailing not only every significant physical ...
Confessions of a collector
guardian.co.uk - UK 31/05/08
When Hunter Davies picked up his first Wainwright in the mid 70s - Northern Fells, the fifth in his Pictorial Guides To The Lakeland Fells series - he thought A Wainwright must be long dead ...
Shacklabank: The farm for free rangers
The result is one part Nigella, one part Bill Oddie, one part Old McDonald and one part Alfred Wainwright (she didn't realise he'd beaten her to the ...
Flags to mark Wainwright ale routes?
Grough - UK 29/05/08
Alfred Wainwright’s name is fast becoming a brand to rival the likes of Berghaus and Burger King, and a brewery in his home town is now shipping bottled ...
Win a case of ale - and raise a glass with Lancashire legends!
Surrey Hants Star 08/05/08
The celebrated Wainwright Ale can be enjoyed in your own home after Thwaites unveiled a bottled version, which has now hit the shelves ...
Walker recreates ramble
Bradford Telegraph and Argus 17/04/08
In 1938 Alfred Wainwright, who became renowned for his Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland fells, walked from Settle to Hadrian's Wall and back. ...
Wainwright remembered with new bridge
Blackburn Citizen 31/03/08
Blackburn's landmark £10 million bridge is to be named after Alfred Wainwright after a poll by Lancashire Telegraph readers. ...
Journey into past offers homage to Wainwright
Yorkshire Post 25/03/08
Andrew Lambert is looking for the stories behind the walk which Alfred Wainwright made from Settle to Hadrian’s Wall and back ...
Wainwright - a bloomin' great tribute!
Blackburn Citizen 03/03/08
Legendary author Alfred Wainwright is to be honoured by an entry in this year's Tatton Park Flower Show The Blackburn hiker, ...
Wainwright’s Lake District is in the picture
Easier (press release) 28/02/08
Amateur and professional photographers are being encouraged to put Alfred Wainwright’s Lake District in the picture for a new competition. ...
Wainwright's Window threatened by storms
A window celebrating the life of Lake District legend Alfred Wainwright has been boarded up amid fears over worsening storms in the area.
Julia repeats Wainwright's Helvellyn route
Alfred Wainwright rated Helvellyn highly. He wrote of Striding Edge: “Early writers wrote of Striding Edge as a place of terror; contemporary writers, ...
Wainwright Beer Goes Nationwide...
Everything's gone Wainwright - following on from the recent Wainwright podcast, brewers Daniel Thwaite has made Wainwright Ale available throughout the UK.
Wainwright Website Enjoys Upsurge in Visitors
The Westmorland Gazette 31/10/07
Interest in Alfred Wainwright continues to flourish as television documentaries prompt an upsurge in visitors to the Wainwright Society website.
Walk With Wainwright's Voiceover
Free podcast gives original walk directions in Wainwright's voice.
A new ITV1 Granada series in which Fred Talbot explores the legacy of Alfred "Red" Wainwright.
A second six-part BBC4 series shot in the Lake District is currently being shown on BBC Television.
Walking show in wig con
BBC show Wainwright Walks has admitted faking shots - by getting a male producer to wear a wig and pose as presenter Julia Bradbury.
Following in hero’s steps
Blackburn Citizen 11/07/07
A walking fanatic is following in the footsteps of the legendary author Alfred Wainwright after publishing Home Ground, a book of his favourite routes.
Kerry, 7, climbs 214 hills
The Sun 21/04/07
Little Kerry Regan has climbed all 214 Lake District “Wainwright” peaks — aged just SEVEN.
Haystacks with Gavin
Society members Roger and Ann Hiley volunteered to accompany reporter Gavin Bell on a visit to Haystacks in order to write an article about Alfred Wainwright.
Walk this way
Guardian Unlimited 01/04/07
Walking lessons? Not such a daft idea, actually. There are many paths to enlightenment.
New "Wainwright" ale for Thwaites birthday
Morning Advertiser 13/03/07
Daniel Thwaites is continuing to use its 200 year celebrations to highlight the company’s investment in cask ale, with Wainwright ale the latest seasonal beer to be added to the brewery’s portfolio.
Moved by one man's lake expectations
... it's not really surprising that I hadn't heard of the great guidebook guru Alfred Wainwright prior to watching Wainwright: The Man Who Loved The Lakes. ...
Master Of The Fells (816k)
The Lady 05/02/07
John Burland recalls the life and work of the legendary Alfred Wainwright.
In memory of a great fell walker
Clitheroe Today 01/02/07
A hike up Pendle Hill in memory of Lakeland legend Alfred Wainwright proved a great success and something of an eye-opener to those involved.. ...
Famous UK fell walker celebrated
BBC News 21/01/07
Alfred Wainwright published the first of his Pictorial Guides to the Lake District in May 1955. Since then, the series has sold almost two million copies. ...
Bells ring for legendary author
Blackburn Citizen 17/01/07
CATHEDRAL bells rang out over Blackburn today to honour the 100th birthday of one of the town's most famous sons - author Alfred Wainwright. ...
Stepping out - AW style!
Blackburn Citizen 12/01/07
WALKERS are to put their best foot forward as part of centenary celebrations of the birth of one Blackburn's most famous sons - Alfred Wainwright. ...
Nine-year-old climber enters record books
Manchester Evening News 23/11/06
Jordan Ross is the youngest climber to conquer all 214 "Wainwright Fells" in the Lake District.
Wainwright’s Ewood tribute
Blackburn Citizen 10/11/06
... His friend and television presenter Eric Robson recalled how important a role Blackburn played during Wainwright's early years. ...
Enduring lure of Wainwright
Lancashire Telegraph 01/09/06
ALTHOUGH the centenary of his birth is not far away, the clamour for anything associated with Blackburn-born Alfred Wainwright continues to grow.
British walks on wild or mild side
San Francisco Chronicle 20/08/06
Coast to Coast: Alfred Wainwright, who conceived of this path in 1973, was careful to call it a coast-to-coast walk, not the coast-to-coast walk.
They filmed Beatrix. Why not Wainwright?
The Guardian 21/08/06
Wainwright wrote and drew the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells, which are little works of art, just as much as Peter Rabbit or Squirrel Nutkin.
New Wainwrights Wear Colour Jackets
Frances Lincoln 12/08/06
Frances Lincoln are delighted to announce the first ever full colour book jackets for the Wainwright Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells.
The Great Cat Expedition Departs Again With Book Reprint
Mountainmere Research 10/08/06
"When Molly asked her old pen-friend A. Wainwright to illustrate Scratch and Co. he was all enthusiasm, until he met the mongoose ...".
The Lake District - all to yourself
Financial Times 20/05/06
"Our guide was the inestimable A. Wainwright, a man variously described as gruff, rude, quirky, retiring and generous."
New rights of way legislation comes into force
New provisions regarding the use of rights of way by motorised vehicles come into effect on Tuesday, 2 May.
Girl honoured for climbing feat
BBC News 12/04/06
A nine-year-old Cumbrian girl has been honoured after becoming one of the youngest people to climb all 214 of Wainwright's Lakeland fells.
The fan - Hunter Davies confesses a soft spot
New Statesman 13/03/06
Wainwright was cheering Blackburn on from the fells last Sunday, writes Hunter Davies.
Giant wind farm plan thrown out
BBC News 02/03/06
Plans to create England's largest wind farm at Winash in Cumbria have been rejected by the government.
Stepping out of Wainwright's shadow
Yorkshire Post 22/12/05
Derry Brabbs was a photographer with a fear of heights when he accepted a commission to clamber about the Lakeland fells, chasing illustrations for books by the legendary fell-walker Alfred Wainwright.
Landscape photographer gives his views
Yorkshire Post 16/12/05
Derry Brabbs was one of three speakers at the Yorkshire Post's Literary Lunch in Harrogate.
NFUS Welcomes Announcement of Access Funding
Land managers in Scotland will shortly benefit from additional funding that has been granted by Scottish Natural Heritage to the Paths for All Partnership.
Celebrations as Right of Open Access Implemented Across England
Monday, 31 October marks the day when the opening of 'access land', which was previously off limits, is completed across England.
North East Farmers Welcome Walkers
As the annual "Welcome to Walking Week" celebration approaches it has been revealed that more and more routes across the North East are being opened up to walkers with the support of Defra's agri-environment schemes.
Walkers Celebrate Permanent Right To Access Forestry Estates
Walkers in England celebrate the permanent right to access 165,000 hectares of forest and woodland.
With help from satellite technology and 1m squares of graph paper, famed fells guides join the 21st century
The Guardian 13/06/05
In a labour of love which almost matches the original epic charting of the mountains by Alfred Wainwright, the great man's steps are being followed by a disciple who has already made 3,000 hand-drawn changes to the first of the seven famous volumes.
Celebrations As Historic Right Of Access Begins In Northern England
Walkers will be able to enjoy more than half a million hectares of the most spectacular landscapes in England when the right of open access is launched in northern England this weekend (May 28).
Farmers Open Doors To Give Youngsters A Real Taste Of The Countryside
Inner city youngsters are getting their first taste of the countryside through a pioneering education scheme funded by Defra's Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) and run by the Rural Development Service (RDS) in the North West.
In the footsteps of the master
Daily Telegraph 23/04/05
Meticulous and enigmatic, Alfred Wainwright produced our finest walkers' guides. Christopher Somerville revisits the great man's routes
How Wilf did his Way at 70
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner 28/01/05
The Countryside Agency has appealed for memories of the Pennine Way which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Former probation officer WILF BATTYE, 80 last week, was prompted to recall how he marked his 70th birthday by tackling the 268 miles.
Coast walk tops trek to Everest
BBC News 23/11/04
The Coast to Coast walk has been named among the world's best walks ahead of world-famous hikes to the Inca Trail, Everest and Mont Blanc.
A solitary man
A Harry Griffin, The Guardian 26/02/04
"Alf finished his first guide in 1954 and it was published, to widespread acclaim, in May 1955. Undoubtedly, Alf, who wrote 50 other books, was a genius".
Wainwright guides saved
BBC News 14/02/03
Alfred Wainwright's famous illustrated guides to the Lake District are to be reprinted in his home town.
Wainwright guides are shelved
BBC News 14/01/03
Wainwright guides have been in the pockets of fell walkers in Cumbria for generations.
Writer's steps re-traced
BBC News 28/10/2002
Hundreds of walkers are lining up to follow in the footsteps of legendary Lake District guide book writer Alfred Wainwright.
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