Wainwright Walks Series 1

Having watched the second series of this before the first, I really wanted to get my hands on this DVD. It contains less walks, but also has more information on the very person these walks are dedicated to – Alfred Wainwright. Having climbed three of these fells (not many, I know, but I’m working on it) myself, I can appreciate what a mammoth task it must have been to simply climb all 214 of them. But then to undertake the job of documenting them for the enjoyment of others, it’s absolutely amazing. The Lakes are a beautiful part of the world, and it’s great that these DVD’s have been put together to hopefully inspire people to get of their bottoms and out into the hills.

It’s certainly had that effect on me. Although I’ve climbed three of the relatively unknown fells, I can still vouch for the fact that they’re a wonderful place to be, and despite the fact they’re hard work (especially if your fitness level is as poor as mine), peak-bagging is addictive. I have myself printed off a list of thr 214 fells, and intend to get them all ticked off in time – with the largest, Scafell Pike being the real prize. It’s covered on this DVD, and from the footage, you can tell it is no easy feat. It took Julia Bradbury and her film crew about 7 hours to reach the top of Scafell Pike! Daunting indeed.

If you’re a keen walker, chances are you’ll have seen this already. If not, you should. If you’re not familiar with the Lakes, it’ll make you want to be, and if you are, it’s a lovely way to reminisce about where you’ve already been. And no doubt you’ll want to go again! A beautifully produced series, with stunning aerial footage and interesting background information. Recommended.

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