In his book “ Fellwanderer” Wainwright described his first visit there:
"I was utterly enslaved by all I saw. Here were no huge factories, but mountains; no stagnant canals, but sparkling crystal-clear rivers ; no cinder paths, but beckoning tracks that clamber through bracken and heather to the silent fastnesses of the hills. That week changed my life."
He qualified as an accountant and moved to Kendal in 1941, rising to become Borough Treasurer seven years later. He spent every spare moment walking the fells that he loved so deeply.
In 1941 he was appointed to a position in the Borough Treasurer’s Office in Kendal . He started doing pen and ink drawings of the fells. He started exploring and drawing and made a start on what was to become his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells.
Wainwright’s Pictoral Guides to the Lakeland Fells
The Pictorial Guides were and are still distinctive. Fearing that printers would misspell words, his handwritten work was reproduced directly on to the page; the Westmorland Gazette of Kendal published them all
The first Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells was published in 1955 and in his introduction he wrote:
‘ This book is one man’s way of expressing his devotion to Lakeland’s friendly hills. It was conceived, and is born, after many years of inarticulate worshipping at their shrines . It is, in very truth, a love-letter .’