wainwright audio tours to the lake district peaks...
Alfred Wainwright fans can now stroll eight classic Lake District mountains - personally guided by the man "himself."
Cumbria Tourism and Wainwright book publishers Frances Lincoln have produced a new book and CD featuring directions to his best walks. You can listen to 20 or 30 second highlights of the walks on this page by clicking on your chosen walk and also click through to buy the actual book and CD. Voiceover Nik Wood-Jones played Wainwright in the BBC series Wainwright Walks and reads the directions in his signature craggy voice.
The walks are downloaded from the CD onto your hand-held iPods and MP3 players and listened to accompanied with the new book, Wainwright The Podcasts, which contains the maps. It takes the principle of audio tours found in museums and puts it outdoors in the stunning Lake District environment Wainwright loved.
Each walk is split up into sections with walkers playing and pausing the directions to find easy-to-spot landmarks on the way. It also means walkers do not have wear headphones for the whole walk. As well as the poetic observations Wainwright himself made on the routes, the tours also suggest precautionary do's and don'ts for the mountains.