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The Wainwright SocietyThe Wainwright Society

The Wainwright Society

Keeping alive the fell walking traditions promoted by Alfred Wainwright through his guidebooks and other publications;

The inaugural meeting of The Wainwright Society was held on 9th November 2002 at Ambleside Youth Hostel. This was followed by a walk to the summit of Dove Crag, the walk described on the first page of The Eastern Fells penned by AW fifty years earlier.

The primary aims of the Society are to keep alive the fellwalking traditions promoted by Alfred Wainwright through his guidebooks and other publications and to keep faith with his vision of introducing a wider audience to fellwalking and caring for the hills.

The aims of the Society are articulated through its Objects, which underpin all the Society’s activities. These have included, the purchase of the Wainwright Notebook, annotated maps, sketches and other written material, which have been donated to the Cumbria Archive Centre in Kendal, the replacement of the View Indicator on Orrest Head, support for the Wainwright Exhibition at Keswick Museum and the re-publication of out-of-print books written by Wainwright. The Society has, over the years, raised many thousands of pounds for causes which we believe Wainwright would have appreciated and supported.

Member Benefits

When you join the Society you automatically become eligible for a wide range of member benefits and these continue to be added to year by year….

….but we believe that what is most important is that members know they are helping to fulfill our constitutional aims, which focus on keeping Alfred Wainwright’s works alive for future generations and adding a voice to matters which we believe AW felt important to him and other lovers of the fells and upland areas. This would not be possible to achieve these aims without the team of dedicated volunteers and the support of our members.

AW’s Coast to Coast Walk

‘Surely there cannot be a finer itinerary for a long-distance walk! … The countryside traversed is beautiful almost everywhere, yet extremely varied in character, with mountains and hills, valleys and rivers, heather moors and sea-cliffs combining in a pageant of colourful scenery.’ A. Wainwright A Coast to Coast Walk pp. v & vi

A Coast to Coast Walk was devised by Alfred Wainwright, and his guidebook to the route was published in 1973. Wainwright suggested a way of breaking the walk miles into stages, each of which to be completed in a day. With one or two rest days, this enables the route to fit into a two-week holiday. However, Wainwright stated that people walking the Coast to Coast should not feel constrained to keep to these day-stages or even to his route: for example, by reducing the days to 10 or 12 miles, the walk becomes more leisurely with time to stand and stare.

A Second Edition of A Coast to Coast Walk was published in June 2010 by Frances Lincoln. The book was completely revised and updated by Chris Jesty and is kept updated with the assistance of the Society.


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