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Despatch #4: ALFRED WAINWRIGHT - In the footsteps of a legend

November 1, 2018


...In which we walk between Windermere and Brockhole to climb the viewpoint of Orrest Head, where author, artist and fellwalker Alfred Wainwright first fell in love with the Lake District. We speak with Chris Butterfield, an avid collector of the great man's memorabilia, and share a conversation with Andrew Nichol, who worked with the enigmatic fellwanderer at the Westmorland Gazette, and who was responsible for bringing the reluctant hero of the fells out of the shadows and into the hearts of the nation.



Andrew Nichol’s book Behind the scenes with Wainwright – a publisher’s perspective of a reluctant celebrity, is published by Kirkland Books, Kendal 2012. ISBN 978-0-9572278-0-4


The Townend bank barn in Troutbeck. 

Route of the walk.


 The skyline – including Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes – from the pastural lowlands around Far Orrest.


 Dropping down into Troutbeck.


Chris chats with producer Dave Felton. 


 Middlerigg Tarn.

The view from Orrest Head. 


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