Celebrate the life and legacy of Alfred Wainwright presented by Chris Butterfield

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Date(s) - 13/07/2024
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Don’t miss this unique opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of Alfred Wainwright in the beautiful setting of St. Mary’s Church, Bolton-On-Swale. 


Yorkshire-born engineer Chris Butterfield’s lifelong love of the outdoors and admiration for Alfred Wainwright inspired him to build an extensive archive honouring the world-famous fell walker and safeguarding his legacy.

At St. Mary’s Church, Chris will discuss Alfred Wainwright’s life, his book publishing history, and how it all began over 70 years ago. Attendees will also learn the story behind his A Coast to Coast Walk guidebook, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.


Discover the story behind the once-thought-lost church visitor book, signed by Wainwright in 1989 during the filming of the BBC TV series based on the Coast to Coast Walk. This thirty-five-year-old book will be revealed to all at the event.


There will also be several rare short films, including a tribute to Wainwright’s close friend and former Westmorland Gazette book publishing manager, Andrew Nichol, 91. The film documents Andrew’s extraordinary ascent to Innominate Tarn atop Haystacks in October 2023 with the help of the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team, where he paid his respects to Wainwright at the spot where his ashes scattered over thirty years ago.


Chris, the author of Wainwright Memories, has published numerous articles about Wainwright and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the life, work, and achievements of the late, great fellwanderer.


Event concludes with a Q&A session and book signing. All sale royalties will be donated to St Mary’s Church and the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team.



Chris Butterfield Photo Credit: Steve Barber



Tickets £10

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