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Alfred Wainwright: his contribution to cartography, graphic design and publishing Steve Chilton Learning & Technical Support Unit Manager Middlesex University [Chair of the Society of Cartographers]
“ Traditional pen and ink sketches and hand drawn maps are included. Mark Richards was one of Wainwright's prot é g é s and with Fellranger books he proves he is a worthy successor.” Collins’ publicity burb
Guidebooks still in print – over 50 years after the first one was produced
Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk – 190 miles from St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay (cf Sustrans C2C)
214 Wainwrights (cf Munros, Corbetts)
Wainwright Memorial Walk
In 1930 he devised a walking tour in the English Lake District. For almost 60 years it was one of Lakeland's best kept secrets, yet in its 102 miles and almost 35,000 feet of ascent, it visits every major summit, valley and lake (cf Bob Graham Round).
Guides updated "The routes of paths have changed, lots of walls have fallen down and when Wainwright was travelling to the fells he used public transport so car parks weren't important to him," said Mr Jesty, a former taxi driver who trained in cartography with Ordnance Survey.
“ That day will come when there is nothing left but memories. And afterwards, a last long resting place by the side of Innominate Tarn , on Haystacks, where the water gently laps the gravelly shore and the heather blooms and Pillar and Gable keep unfailing watch. A quiet place, a lonely place. I shall go to it, for the last time, and be carried: someone who knew me in life will take me and empty me out of a little box and leave me alone.
And if you, dear reader, should get a bit of grit in your boot as you are crossing Haystacks in the years to come, please treat it with respect. It may be me.” Memoirs of a Fellwanderer, 1993
Acknowledgements for this presentation: Francis Lincoln – for permission to use limited material from the books The estate of Alfred Wainwright – for permission to use images The Margaret Duff collection – for permission to use the photo of Wainwright at work Kendal Museum – to Morag Clement for tracing materials via the museum