Anyone who's familiar with walking in the great outdoors will have heard of the great Alfred Wainwright and more than likely of his wonderful pictorial 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 recently 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 yourself. The book is available from independent publishers -Mumford Books and Landscape-guides on their site.
Each viewpoint has a detailed route guide from the nearest carpark or road side. A great book to pre-plan your Wainwright's Viewpoints, there are easy off the road access for wheelchairs, or 5 hours walking to choose from. We give you GPS directions to follow, with links to find the best sunniest spot, to photograph. Time your walk to give you the best illumination, web site links included, together with your own map making and Forum to compare notes.
Alfred Wainwright (1907-1991), much loved by ramblers and fell walkers, will always be remembered for his famous ëPictorial Guides, compiled between 1955 and 1984. Mainly known for his works on the Lake District, many people may not be aware of his visits to Snowdonia and in particular his Welsh Mountain Drawings, first printed in 1981 towards the end of his publishing career. In black and white sketches, he recorded the spectacular mountain views, including aspects of Snowdonia’s rich industrial heritage .
Now for the first time, an interactive eGuide has been compiled with full colour photographs of Wainwright’s stunning Snowdonia vistas. A team of landscape photographers have searched for the exact locations of the original viewpoints and recorded digitally the same views some 30 years later. Obviously there will be some differences where trees have grown, boundaries have changed and structures built. But, they have made notes about their findings and recorded their locations using a GPS device. You too can now stand where Wainwright once admired the timeless beauty of Snowdonia. Taking advantage of modern technology, such as this interactive e-Guide with links to e-Maps, GPS data and up-to-date weather forecasts, it is now possible to accurately and safely access the Welsh mountains like never before. Enjoy the beauty, but donít forget the countryside code .
Use our unique and free Interactive Route Planner to plan your walk before setting out. Click on the walker button and you will link to www.landscape-guides.co.uk/googlemaps4.asp, where you can construct an easy-draw walking route. A YouTube video will guide you through the simple process of making your own walk on a Google map or satellite view. You will be able to add markers/symbols to the map to remind you of things to look for, such as, start point, Wainwright viewpoint, etc. You can look on the Internet for other features, like hotels or campsites, and add markers for those too. As an example, here is an interactive route plan for Viewpoint No. 7. You will also be able to see data about your proposed walk such as distance in metric or imperial units and also elevation profiles, so you’ll know what sort of steepness to expect. Your route can then be saved or printed out for use.
If you’re planning a group or charity walk this is ideal for making a quick printout of the route for use by others. After visiting the location, it is easy to add more markers to describe features in the area for other people to know about.
There is a comprehensive list of markers to choose from.
If you take your fitness seriously you can go to www.mapmyfitness.com where you can log your walking workout and see how many calories you’ll burn off.