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Wainwrights Way

Blackburn, Cumbria, Lancashire

198 km / 123 miles
Wainwright's Way is a journey on foot through Alfred Wainwright's life from Lancashire to the Lakes. This walking guide charts a 126 mile long-distance route linking the place where he was born - a Victorian terraced house in Audley Range, Blackburn - with his final resting place on Haystacks, his heavenly corner of Lakeland.

The walk, split into ten day stages, literally follows in the footsteps of "AW" at work. It links the sights he sketched and wrote about in Lancashire and Westmorland, spending time in Kendal, where the route stops to enjoy a unique circular town walk linking all the places associated with Wainwright - before entering his 'early paradise' through the territory made so familiar by his intimate Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells.

The climax of the walk follows the final journey of Wainwright himself, as his ashes were carried onto Haystacks from Honister Pass to be scattered by the side of Innominate Tarn. From here, the walker drops down to the shores of Buttermere and visits the final memorial to Wainwright - the window onto the fells in the tiny roadside church of St. James. It is a fitting end to both a memorable walk completed - and a memorable life fulfilled.


Details:

Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Challenging
Lake/Reservoir/Loch
Moorland
Mountain
National Park
Start: SD684280 - Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn View on StreetMap
Finish: NY176170 - St James Church, Buttermere, Cumbria View on StreetMap

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Wainwright's Way : a long-distance walk through Alfred Wainwright's life from Blackburn to Haystacks  (Frances Lincoln (an imprint of Quarto)  - 2013 )

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198.1 km (123.1 miles)
6,517 m (21,381 ft) ascent
821 m (2,694 ft)  maximum height

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