Walks in Limestone Country: The Whernside, Ingleborough and Penyghent Areas of Yorkshire

 
9780902272019: Walks in Limestone Country: The Whernside, Ingleborough and Penyghent Areas of Yorkshire
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Wainwright's hand-drawn walking guides are perhaps the most distinctive and unusual such guides ever devised. This guide, first published in 1992, contains Wainwright's original instructions and route maps for 34 walks in 'a land of suprises' - the interesting limestone country in the Whernside, Ingleborough and Penyghent areas of Yorkshire. Wainwright writes of ithis 'wonderland' as follows: 'For the explorer there are places of fascinating interest, or strange beauty, of thrilling adventure, such as are not to be found elsewhere.'

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Born in Blackburn in 1907, Alfred Wainwright left school at the age of 13. A holiday at the age of 23 kindled a life-long love affair with the Lake District. Following a move to Kendal in 1941 he began to devote every spare moment he had to researching and compiling the original seven Pictorial Guides. He described these as his 'love letters' to the Lakeland Fells and at the end of the first, The Eastern Fells, he wrote about what the mountains had come to mean to him: "I suppose it might be said, to add impressiveness to the whole thing, that this book has been twenty years in the making, for it is so long, and more, since I first came from a smoky mill-town (forgive me, Blackburn!) and beheld, from Orrest Head, a scene of great beauty, a fascinating paradise, Lakeland's mountains and trees and water. That was the first time I had looked upon beauty, or imagined it, even. Afterwards I went often, whenever I could, and always my eyes were lifted to the hills. I was to find then, and it has been so ever since, a spiritual and physical satisfaction in climbing mountains - and a tranquil mind upon reaching their summits, as though I had escaped from the disappointments and unkindnesses of life and emerged above them into a new world, a better world. In due course I came to live within sight of the hills, and I was well content. If I could not be climbing, I was happy to sit idly and dream of them, serenely. Then came a restlessness and the feeling that it was not enough to take their gifts and do nothing in return. I must dedicate something of myself, the best part of me, to them. I started to write about them, and to draw pictures of them. Doing these things, I found they were still giving and I still receiving, for a great pleasure filled me when I was so engaged - I had found a new way of escape to them and from all else less worth while. Thus it comes about that I have written this book. Not for material gain, welcome though that would be (you see I have not escaped entirely!); not for the benefit of my contemporaries, though if it brings them also to the hills I shall be well pleased; certainly not for posterity, about which I can work up no enthusiasm at all. No, this book has been written, carefully and with infinite patience, for my own pleasure and because it has seemed to bring the hills to my own fireside. If it has merit, it is because the hills have merit." A. Wainwright died in 1991 at the age of 84.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

(No Available Copies)

Search Books:



Create a Want

If you know the book but cannot find it on AbeBooks, we can automatically search for it on your behalf as new inventory is added. If it is added to AbeBooks by one of our member booksellers, we will notify you!

Create a Want

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780711222373: Walks in Limestone Country

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0711222371 ISBN 13:  9780711222373
Publisher: Frances Lincoln, 2006
Hardcover

9780718140113: Walks in Limestone Country (Wainwright Pictorial Guides)

Michae..., 1999
Hardcover