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New Wainwright plaque set for viewpoint

Posted 15 February 2012
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New Wainwright plaque set for viewpoint
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A new plaque is set to be installed at a famous Lake District hilltop to commemorate the first visit there by legendary fellwalker Alfred Wainwright in the 1930s.

Orrest Head is a hill of modest height compared to the lofty peaks elsewhere in the national park, but the view enjoyed by the Blackburn-born author from the point persuaded him to spend much of his life in his walking boots as he explored the fells and wrote many books about the area.

A plaque depicting a sketch by Wainwright was installed ten years ago but was then stolen, with Windermere Council and the Wainwright Society hoping to get the new one in place in time for the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the latter body.

Mayor of Windermere Councillor Joan Stocker said: "It's an important ten-year anniversary for the Wain-wright Society this year and we want to mark it by replacing this plaque."

Orrest Head can be reached by a short path from near Windermere Station and the Langdale Pikes are among the most prominent fells visible from the spot.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801293524-ADNFCR