What is a Wain­wright?

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A wain­wright is a per­son who makes and re­pairs wag­ons. Oh, not what you meant? Okay. The hills. The Wain­wrights are a col­lec­tion of 214 fells in the Lake Dis­trict. But per­haps a bet­ter ques­tion would be “Who was Wain­wright?” Al­fred Wain­wright was a Black­burn ac­coun­tant who, af­ter walk­ing up Or­rest Head on a hol­i­day in 1930 when he was 23, fell in love with the fells and ded­i­cated much of his life to cre­at­ing a se­ries of beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated guides to the Lake­land hills. The end re­sult was a se­ries of seven books cov­er­ing the dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the Lake Dis­trict. Be­cause noth­ing quite so com­pre­hen­sive or metic­u­lously com­piled had ex­isted be­fore (or ar­guably since), Wain­wright’s Pic­to­rial Guide to the Lake­land Fells be­came the go-to ref­er­ence work for hill­walk­ers. Within the pages of those seven vol­umes, AW (as he’s come to be af­fec­tion­ately known) de­tailed 214 Lake Dis­trict hills in ex­quis­ite de­tail. The aim of walk­ing all of 'the Wain­wrights' was soon adopted by hill­walk­ers, and it’s a goal that many still have in their sights to­day. AW died in 1991, but his legacy lives on in the hills he loved.

Wain­wright’s guides are the go-to ref­er­ence for hill­walk­ers

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