Lakeland Walker reviews the Map
Saturday 11th October, 2014
From Grike in the west to Grey Crag in the east and Binsey in the north to Dow Crag in the south, this huge (84cm x 59.4 wide) map pinpoints every one of the 214 Wainwright Fells, as well as more than 200 tarns and 23 youth hostels.
It's designed to be hung on the wall of the dedicated Wainwright bagger, to be studied and admired as an aide memoire, rather than carried around the fells for use with a compass.
Designed by Ian Shackleton, it has the stylised feel you might expect from a skilled graphic designer and the content you might expect from one inspired by Alfred Wainwright (while Ian tells me he hasn't completed the 214 summits, I suspect AW's work has made a great impression on him). Though its approach is more objective - scientific even - the debt to AW is obvious in the meticulous placing of the summits and lakes, skilful use of typography, and the precise ordering of hills listed in height order (with explanation of heights sourced and metric height conversions), all colour coded to comply with the master's own Pictorial Guides.
It is a work of love, having taken some 400 hours to piece together, and the result will inspire a craving amonst fellbaggers.
Sales (see www.wainwrightfellsmap.co.uk) will benefit the fells that inspired first AW and later the map's own creation: £1 from every copy sold will be donated to Fix the Fells, which works to repair the damage done by tens of thousands of hill-goers every year.