I’ve got a copy of most of Wainwright’s books which shows that perhaps I’m a bit too much of a collector but I couldn’t resist buying a copy of the new “Wainwright Family Walks” earlier this week to add to my library.
For those experienced or novice fellwalkers with either younger or older family members, this book details 20 walks of differing distances and difficulties, but includes none of the highest tops or most challenging routes, in order to keep within the theme. Editor Tom Holman has labelled this as “Volume One: The Southern Fells” but there is no indication about how many volumes will be in the series. From the map that displays the location of the walks, I assume there will only be one more volume which will cover the northern half of
. This volume does not correspond with Wainwright’s Southern Fells which is of course his book 4. Lakeland
From Wainwright’s pictorial guides, of the 20 walks, 12 are outlying fells, 3 are central fells, 3 are southern fells with 1 each of the eastern and far eastern fells. The relevant chapter has been reproduced from the Chris Jesty updates of the original guides. The editor has added an introduction, walk directions and other relevant information to make the undertaking of each walk as simple as possible.
I like this book. It may not be aimed at the Wainwright purist but its extra information and paperback format makes it a practical guide for those unfamiliar with the fells. The car parking information given for each walk is particularly useful. There are some obvious popular favourites (Orrest Head & Gummer’s How) and some less so (Silver How & Wansfell). Eskdale’s Harter Fell and Black Combe add some more challenging routes to the list. And I’m glad to see a particular favourite of mine has been included – Stickle Pike.