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Bid to create path for Wainwright book

Posted 20 January 2010
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Bid to create path for Wainwright book
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Walking guru Alfred Wainwright's 1938 Pennine walk is to be turned into a waymarked trail, if a couple of enthusiasts of his work have their way.

The famous author of the guides to the Lake District fells diarised his thoughts and the route undertaken when he walked from Settle to Hadrian's Wall and back, with his book on the subject - A Pennine Journey - not being published until 48 years later, Grough reports.

Now, David and Heather Pitt, who re-enacted the 247-mile journey in homage to Wainwright in 1998 to mark its 60th anniversary, are having a guidebook to the walk published as part of a bid to make it an official long-distance trail.

Mr Pitt told the news provider: "90 per cent of the royalties from the guide book will go into a waymarking fund. I have started a campaign to get the whole of the route waymarked."

Such a trail could encourage those wearing men's walking boots or women's walking boots to take up the challenge.

Alfred Wainwright's popularity was such that the Wainwright Society was formed in his memory in 2002, 11 years after his death, aiming to "keep alive the things which AW promoted through the guidebooks".

Posted by Brandon Egley