Sat Nav for Tourists in Cumbria

Tourist board introduces Sat Nav for walkers

By TTM on 08 November 2007 in News

Scared of map reading? Unsure of GPS? Don’t know where to start when it comes to the 214 Wainwright walks in the Lakes? Well the tourist board for the Lake District is pioneering a version of Sat Nav for walkers, or Flat Cap Nav…

Let the most famous fell walker of all lead the way in a unique podcast which takes you on an introductory guided walk up one of the “best known hills in the country” which offers some of the finest views to be had in the Lake District.

Cumbria Tourism has created a free Alfred Wainwright podcast – using Nik Wood-Jones – the official Wainwright voiceover who featured alongside presenter Julia Bradbury in this summer’s BBC2 series Wainwright Walks; watched by six million viewers.

Between 1952 and 1966, “AW” combed 214 summits in the Lakes to devise seven hand-written and hand-drawn Pictorial Guides to his beloved hills which are still used to this day. The man himself died in 1991 and his ashes were scattered high up in the hills at Innominate Tarn, Haystacks, Buttermere.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1907, Mr Wood-Jones, walked the 1,100ft of Helm Crag – the imposing hilltop above Grasmere and Dunmail Raise, which is best known as the Lion and the Lamb because of its summit rock formation.

He recorded every step of the way in Wainwright’s signature craggy voice and now, instead of following a lifeless set of instructions, you can embark on the walk with the most King of the Ramblers “giving” the directions.

To download the free walk to your Ipod go to

The walk combines modern-day reference points such as “Stay on this road and you will come to a river and a bridge on your left hand-side with Oak Lodge B&B on your immediate right”

In addition, there are Wainwright’s original observations of the walk as featured in the 1958 Wainwright Book 3: Central Fells.

Eric Robson, Chairman of the Wainwright Society and the Radio Four broadcaster, said: “Many people go walking in the Lake District with a Wainwright guide book in their pocket but this is the nearest anyone will now ever come to experiencing what it must be like taking a walk with the master fell walker by their side.”

“The idea that this priest and poet of the Lakeland Fells is telling you which way to go and reading his love letter to the fells directly to you, is a novel approach to 21st century hill walking.”

Cumbria Tourism linked up with the Wainwright Society and guide book publishers Frances Lincoln to create the podcast with the full blessing of the Wainwright estate.

John Nicoll of Frances Lincoln, said: “Wainwright is rightly regarded as the master fellwanderer and even in these days of GPS technology and Ipods, his hand-written and hand-drawn books remain as popular as ever.

“To bring both generations together and create the effect that Wainwright himself is leading the way seems a great way to enjoy his guide books.”

Voiceover Mr Wood-Jones, an actor based in London, said: “Throughout the whole series of the BBC, I never actually got the chance to walk a full Wainwright because the majority was done in a studio in central London. To have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Wainwright, as the man himself, was a wonderful experience and I hope it introduces more people to his books and the stunning Lake District which inspired him.

“It is hoped that as well as keeping Wainwright’s work and memory alive, it will introduce the IT-generation to Wainwright as well as encouraging people who have never walked a Lake District mountain or do not know how to interpret the Wainwright Guides to find the confidence to do so with the help of “the master.”



Martino, The Travel Magazine

Thanks for letting us know about the broken link. We wrote to asking if the podcast can still be found somewhere ... keeping in mind this article dates back to 2007.

14 December, 2010

Cumbria Locksmiths, Cumbria

Being from Cumbria myself, it's a pleasure to go on hikes and take in the beauty of Cumbria. The link to the podcast doesn't work, where can I get the podcast from?

Cumbria Locksmiths

14 December, 2010

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