Wainwright’s Welsh Mountain Drawings Recreated in Photographs.

Anyone’s who’s familiar with walking in the great outdoors will have heard of the great Alfred Wainwright and more than likely of his wonderful pictoral guides to the Lake District Fells and further afield. When Snowdonia is mentioned however, then guidebook writers such as Poucher and Showell Styles spring to mind, but certainly not Wainwright. Until yesterday I wasn’t aware that he’d produced a book of Welsh Mountain Drawings when I was told of a fascinating new book that recreates each of those line drawings with photographs. Apparently, it wasn’t until he was 72 that AW relented and visited Snowdonia, having favoured his beloved Lake District, thinking Snowdonia was scarred by quarries. This was, in his own words, “a book of atonement, an admission that I have been wrong and an act of restitution. I owe North Wales an apology.” Wainwright’s Snowdonia in Photos – 101 Viewpoints and Walks is a fitting tribute to his belated visit. Not only does the book contain 101 stunning images, but also a walking guide in order for you to reach each location and experience each image yoursef. The book is available from independent publishers – Mumford Books on their site, where you can download a free e-book sample,purchase the full interactive CD-ROM at £14, e-book download at £12 or a quality hardback at £44. See for yourself by downloading the free e-book or the excerpts below. Castell y Gwynt is always a favourite! Here’s one I took a while back – almost the same framing just a few metres back from the image above. The lighting wasn’t that good, and I’d imagine that you’d need to be up there at dawn in order to get the lighting acheived abvove. Wainwright’s framing is certainly squarer in order to fit it all in, though I’m not sure wether it’s his angle or artistic licence, though more likely a combination of both. I’m wondering now how many of the other images i can recreate!

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader.
Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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