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Wainwright’s Secret Lakeland by Chris Stanbury Vol 1: Northern, North-Western and Central Fells

ISBN: 978-1-85058-926-6
Published by Sigma Leisure

This is perhaps best summed up in Eric Robson’s Foreword:

‘Chris Stanbury is a sinner come to repentance. His last book was The World of a Wainwright Bagger. OK, he wasn’t at the extreme end of that black art and he took my sending him up a bit in After Wainwright – trainspotters with altitude sort of stuff – with remarkably good grace. But now he’s back with a finer book (the first in a trilogy) that draws its inspiration from the asides and hints and gentle appreciations of peace and silence that breathe between the main ascents of AW’s Pictorial Guides.

Of course, the secret Lakeland of Wainwright’s time is less secret now. There are simply more people on the hill, but what Chris proves comprehensively in this gently written book is that solitude can be found if you put your mind to it; if you take Wainwright’s advice to follow your nose not just the guide book.

The places he visits are no honeypots and all the sweeter for that. What he finds in the process is the beating heart of the mountains. There’s a lot of space out there if, like Chris, you take the trouble to go in search of it.’

David Johnson - Editor of Footsteps




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