The Wainwright treasure hunt

I’ve always loved the Wainwright guides to the Lake District. My dad had the entire set and used them frequently to plot walks around the area, and as a kid I enjoyed poring over the maps and occasional sketches of sheep. As an adult that love has continued, and I’ve also discovered a rich vein of dry humour buried in the neat handwritten text.

Nothing better demonstrates that humour than this little newspaper story, which I’m reproducing in two pictures as tweeted by Alfred Wainwright Books & Memorabilia (@AW_archivist) on Twitter. It’s a lovely little story with an amusing ending and a nice  reference to some affronted sheep. If you’re on Twitter, do check out @AW_archivist’s posts as they’re a treasure trove in their own right – and for more than just a florin!

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