Mountain rescuers will benefit from this year’s sales of a Calendar produced by fans of the late Alfred Wainwright.
The Wainwright Society will repeat the successful format of its first calendar, which last year raised £3,800 for the Fix the Fells project.
The 2011 calendar, which goes on sale this month, again features photographs take by society members of Lakeland scenes and shots from the limestone countryside of the Yorkshire Dales. Wainwright line drawings and quotations will also feature on each page, and proceeds from sales will go to Lake District and Pennine mountain rescue teams.
Earlier this year, the team behind the 2010 calendar climbed to Stake Pass in the Lake District to hand over a cheque representing the profits from sales, plus two-for-one matched funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Jenny Whalley, Martin Roberts, Derek Cockell and Dik Stoddart ‘adopted’ the scheme to restore the Stake Pass route and joined Fix the Fells project officer Richard Fox for the walk.
Wainwright Society press and publicity officer Derek Cockell said: “The team walked with him the four miles up Langstrath to the site of the repairs on Stake Pass.
“Along the way Richard explained a lot about Fix the Fells’s work generally, and more specifically the Stake Pass job, where the original zigzag packhorse route is being reinstated. This route can be traced back for certain to 1819, when it was described as being in very bad condition, so footpath erosion is not just a new problem.
“It is believed to have been in use for hundreds of years before that date.”
The 2011 calendar will be available from the end of this month, priced £10 and can be ordered on the Wainwright Society website. It will also be sold at Glenridding by Ullswater Steamers and at Dalegarth station in Eskdale, along with other retailers.
Alfred Wainwright’s famed Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells took him 11 years to write and produce. He went on to describe the Coast to Coast Walk followed by thousands of walkers each year, and wrote, among other works, the Pennine Way Companion.
He was recently made an unlikely fashion icon when retailer Debenhams announced it was marketing a range it described as ‘Wainwright chic’.