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Events > 2014

Ride2Stride Walking Festival 2014

The Wainwright Society organised a day of activities during the 2014 Ride2Stride Walking Festival.  On Saturday 3rd May 36 people assembled at Settle Station to join a walk led by Caroline Nichol, the Society’s Walks Organiser.  It was a walk to Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave as detailed in Wainwright’s Walks in Limestone Country.  It was perfect walking weather and lunch was enjoyed from the airy viewpoint of Victoria Cave entrance.

In the afternoon, Society Honorary member, Ron Scholes gave a talk entitled, Wainwright as I knew him at St John’s Methodist Church Hall.  Ron’s friendship with Wainwright began in 1970 with correspondence between the two when Ron raised money for Kapellan, a charity supported by Wainwright.  The friendship blossomed and Ron was invited to stay with AW and Betty on three separate occasions.  Ron assisted Wainwright with his last sketchbook, taking a number of photographs for Wainwright’s sketches in his Peak District Sketchbook.  His last meeting with AW was in 1990 when they met at Bainbridge whilst Ron was walking from Cape Wrath in Scotland to Land’s End in Cornwall.  Ron recalled that Wainwright had sent him two bottles of champagne, one at the end of the Scottish section and the other when he was nearing Land’s End!  Ron recalled that Wainwright was very shy in company but, on his own, he had a wicked sense of humour.

It was fascinating to hear more about the man who only revealed himself in his writing and Ron was applauded warmly by the audience at the end of his talk.

Derek Cockell

Ron Scholes

Photograph: Ron Scholes talks at the 2014 Ride2Stride Festival