Wainwright’s hand-drawn and hand-written guides to the Lakeland Fells have been in use for over 40 years, and are still popular. Many of his original pen and ink drawings, maps, letters, and first editions of his books, as well as personal belongings such as his walking boots and socks (heavily darned!) are on display at Kendal Museum.

Born in Blackburn, Wainwright first visited the Lake District in 1930, and finally moved to Kendal in 1941. He was Kendal Borough Treasurer for almost twenty years. In his spare time he was Honorary Curator to Kendal Museum from 1945 to 1974, and many of the museum’s records are in his handwriting.