Wainwright Bagging from Smallwood House

Walkers are very welcome at Smallwood House, and we often meet visitors who are ticking off the 214 “Wainwright” fells. We are very proud of them when they come back at the end of the day, full of tales of their adventures and achievements. So we are going to help them share that with other guests, here in the guest house and eventually online as well.

We’re setting up a Wainwright map, a bookshelf of the guides themselves, and a log book where you can record where you’ve been and what you’ve climbed. We also hope that you will take photos on the summits, and share those with us, and we are setting up a small display of Smallwood Wainwrighters’ pictures.

Our plan has been welcomed by Eric Robson, chairman of the Wainwright Society. You might remember he did a TV series with Alfred Wainwright and went up onto Haystacks with the legendary writer for his very last climb.

So we do hope to meet you soon. We are in a great position for climbing the fells, with at least a dozen easily reached on foot, and lots more on public transport from Ambleside. (We’ve got a private car park here if you want to drive less on your holiday.) We also have lots of outdoor shops in our street, so if you need new boots or a rucksack, this is the place to come.

  • A register held by the Long-Distance Walkers Association lists almost 700 people who have completed all 214 summits in the seven Wainwright guides, but the Wainwright Society believes that the actual figure is many more than that, and there are several people who have made multiple ascents of them all. At the start of 2014 there were 74 people who had completed more than one round, seven of whom had completed ten or more rounds.
  • Alfred Wainwright, who died in 1991, is best known for his famous Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells which he compiled between 1952 and 1966. They are handwritten and hand-drawn works of art which have given inspiration to walkers since, and he was awarded the MBE for his work.
  • Wainwright was also the creator of A Coast to Coast Walk, which is 190 miles (305 km) long from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire and is now of one most popular long distance walks in the country.
  • A memorial to him can be found in the church at Buttermere; his ashes were scattered above the village on his favourite mountain, Haystacks.

Tell us your stories and share your photos

How many of the 214 Wainwright fells have you already completed?  It's probably more than you think as his guides cover lots of lower level hills as well as the high peaks. We hope you'll share your tales and summit photos with us in person here at Smallwood House and via our Facebook and Google+ pages. We'd really like to see your old photos so start sharing!

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