Alfred Wainwright / Aug 11, 2020

Fellwanderer None

  • Title: Fellwanderer
  • Author: Alfred Wainwright
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  • Page: 164
  • Format: Hardcover
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      • Alfred Wainwright

        Alfred Wainwright was born in Blackburn, Lancashire to Thomas Wainwright and Elizabeth Nixon citation needed His family was relatively poor, mostly due to his stonemason father s alcoholism He did very well at school first in nearly every subject 1 although he left at the age of 13 While most of his classmates were obliged to find employment in the local mills, Wainwright started work as an office boy in Blackburn Borough Engineer s Department He spent several further years studying at night school, gaining qualifications in accountancy which enabled him to further his career at Blackburn Borough Council Even when a child Wainwright walked a great deal, up to 20 miles at a time he also showed a great interest in drawing and cartography, producing his own maps of England and his local area.In 1930, at the age of 23, Wainwright saved up enough money for a week s walking holiday in the Lake District with his cousin Eric Beardsall They arrived in Windermere and climbed the nearby hill Orrest Head, where Wainwright saw his first view of the Lakeland fells This moment marked the start of what he would later describe as his love affair with the Lake District In 1931 he married his first wife, Ruth Holden, a local mill worker, with whom he had a son Peter In 1941 Wainwright was able to move closer to the fells when he took a job and with it a pay cut at the Borough Treasurer s office in Kendal, Westmorland He lived and worked in the town for the rest of his life, serving as Borough Treasurer from 1948 until he retired in 1967 His first marriage ended when Ruth walked out three weeks before he retired They later divorced In 1970 he married Betty McNally 1922 2008 , also a divorcee, who became his walking companion and who eventually carried his ashes to Innominate Tarn at the top of Haystacks.


    1. This is a very nice companion volume to Wainwright's pictorial guides to the Lake District. It gives little biographical detail but tells the reader much about what motivated the man to undertake his great work - and about his attitude to walkers and walking. The passages about fell-walking accidents (caused by carelessness) and solo walking in the hills (his preference) make a great deal of sense. Besides the text, there are a lot of the author's wonderful sketches of the hills, and some of his [...]

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