ALFRED Wainwright fans are being given a chance to follow the great man’s spoken words as well as his footsteps with a new collection of audio guides.
The actor Nik Wood-Jones, who recreated AW’s craggy voice for the BBC’s popular Wainwright’s Walks series, has narrated directions for eight walks which people can take with them on to the fells.
The project follows the popularity of an audio walk to Helm Crag, Grasmere, which was produced by Cumbria Tourism and downloaded by over 5,000 people.
Cumbria Tourism linked up with Wainwright book publishers Frances Lincoln to produce a special book and a free CD featuring the audio walks, which can be listened to on iPods or MP3 players.
The new walks are to Orrest Head, Windermere; Place Fell, Ullswater; Latrigg, Keswick; Haystacks, Borrowdale; Nab Scar, Rydal; Coniston Old Man; and Catbells, Keswick. Each is split up into sections so walkers can pause and play the directions as they walk between landmarks.
Between 1952 and 1966, Alfred Wainwright combed 214 Lake District summits and wrote seven guide books – detailing and drawing the maps and routes by hand. They are still in print today.