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Three North Pennine Journeys in the 1930s: Auden, Trevelyan and Wainwright

Rick Rylance

Abstract

Imagine a newly-built car park near the Roman fort of Borcovicium

on Hadrian’s Wall, and an imaginary meeting on 29 September 1938,

the day of the Munich agreement. Through one of the entrances

strolls a gangly, unshaven young man of thirty-one with a dirty shirt

and an excited look. He is on annual leave from the Borough Treasurer’s

office in Blackburn and has walked 120 miles to the Wall from

Settle in Ribblesdale. This is Alfred Wainwright, twenty years before

the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells (1955-66) made him

famous. His first book is about this walk to the Wall in 1938.

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