Landscape and value in the work of Alfred Wainwright (1907-1991) Academic Article uri icon


  • Alfred Wainwright was arguably the best known British guidebook writer of the 20th century, and his work has been highly influential in promoting and directing fell-walking in northern Britain, in particular in the English Lake District. His work has, however, received little critical attention. This paper represents an initial attempt to undertake such a study. We examine Wainwright's work through the lens of the landscape values and aesthetics that, we suggest, underpins it, and by an exploration of what might be called Wainwright's 'environmental identity'. We argue that Wainwright manifests a strikingly contemporary embodied landscape aesthetic and a strongly place-attached environmental identity. We consider some possible implications of this landscape aesthetic and place attached identity, including their relation to broader environmental commitments and the possibility that the endorsement of such values may have exclusionary consequences for members of 'outsider' groups.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Palmer, C., & Brady, E.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Palmer, Clare||Brady, Emily

publication date

  • August 2007