Rheged is proud to announce that the speaker at the annual Wainwright Memorial Lecture this year will be David Powell-Thompson.
David is well-known to walkers and lovers of the Lake District. He has worked as a researcher on a number of television programmes about walking including Julia Bradbury’s Wainwright Walks and, more recently, has featured on Terry Abraham’s Life of a Mountain series and a programme about his own back yard: Upper Eskdale. Wainwright’s Pictorial Guides have been part of David’s life since childhood: ‘I have lived with Wainwright since I was 9 years old. My father bought each of the guides as they were published. Since then I have carried them onto the fells whenever I have been out. My earliest recollection of the guides was reading the Personal notes in conclusion, which I felt were directed to me alone and which have stayed with me over the years. At a recent funeral, a passage from AW’s notes at the end of The Western Fells was read, which I immediately recognised even though I had not re-read it in ages. His work is part of my very being.’ David Powell-Thompson.
The Wainwright Society keeps alive the fell walking traditions promoted by Alfred Wainwright through his guidebooks and other publications, together with his vision of introducing a wider audience to fell walking and caring for the hills. The Society has, over the years, raised many thousands of pounds for causes which it believes Alfred Wainwright would have appreciated and supported. There are now over 2000 family members including some notable names such as, Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott, Alan Hinkes, Terry Abraham & Julia Bradbury.
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