Inauguration of Wainwright installations on June 1st

Inauguration of Wainwright installations on June 1st


On 1st June two special events will take place on the Ullswater Way. Both celebrate Alfred Wainwright’s love of Ullswater and the surrounding fells. Walkers are welcome to participate.


The first, at 14.15, will be the unveiling of a plaque to AW at Patterdale Post Office in the presence of the Secretary of the Wainwright Society, Derek Cockell, artist Jimmy Reynolds, Gillian Beggs and Tom Driscoll who run the Patterdale Post Office, and members of Friends of the Ullswater Way (FOUW). Patterdale Post Office is located on both the Ullswater Way and the Coast-to Coast Way and was the first shop in the UK to sell AW’s books.


The second will take place at 17.00 at the Wainwright Sitting Stone, also sculpted by Jimmy Reynolds.  The stone is located at GR 4619 2148 on the Ullswater Way between Roehead and Howtown, beneath Arthurs Pike. The location is one of AW’s favourites, with spectacular views over Ullswater.


These inaugurations are the fourth and fifth in a series of art installations supported by the Friends of the Ullswater Way on the Ullswater Way Heritage Trail (the first, the Roman Seat on Barton Fell opened in June  2016, the second, the Dorothy Gate at Aira Force in April 2017,  and the third the Thomas Clarkson plaque at Eusmere, Pooley Bridge, last  Sunday 21st May).


The next inauguration will be the unveiling of Poetry Stones in Hallinhag wood, Martindale on Saturday 24th June at 16.00.


Full details on the work of The Friends of the Ullswater Way can be found on their website (  The FOUW was founded on 30th March 2016 , and involves all 5 parishes around Ullswater. It has raised almost £ 20,000 during the last year to finance art and heritage installations on the Ullswater Way Heritage Trail.


On the occasion of the Sitting stone inauguration, Miles MacInnes said: “AW has a unique place in the tradition of walking in the Lakes, and it is only fitting that the Ullswater Heritage Trail should honour his contribution.  Jimmy Reynold’s Wainwright Sitting Stone is an amazing creation, and its location above the lake is a wonderful tribute to Wainwright.  Our thanks go to all who have helped with this project “.


Further information on the Wainwright event is available from Cecilia Fry on , 07757 116687.

29th May 2017

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