The ultimate Alfred Wainwright pilgrimage – a long distance walk linking the fell walker’s place of birth with his final resting place. Wainwright’s Way, by Nick Burton, is a book for those who love Wainwright, walking, history and the north of England.
WAINWRIGHT’S WAY is a long-distance walk of approximately 126 miles from Blackburn in Lancashire to Buttermere in the Lake District. The walk is a journey through Alfred Wainwright’s life from his birthplace to his final resting place by the shores of Innominate Tarn on Haystacks. Along the way the route links places associated with and sketched by Wainwright including several rivers – the Ribble, Lune and Kent – as well as the Forest of Bowland, his beloved county of Westmorland and the Coast to Coast walk.
The route guidebook to WAINWRIGHT’S WAY, which includes some little seen Wainwright illustrations, was first published by the Wainwright publisher, Frances Lincoln, in February 2013. The book includes town walks around Blackburn and Kendal which take in several residences and buildings where AW was born, lived and worked.
EXCITING NEWS – In the summer of 2021 Nick Burton is planning to publish a SECOND EDITION of WAINWRIGHT’S WAY to take in some major changes to the first sections of the route from Blackburn to Hurst Green. This will allow the walker to visit the Wainwright Memorial on the Yellow Hills above the town where he was born. The revised changes are now being undertaken and the new edition should be available to purchase later in 2021.