A Poetic Landscape – Wainwrights in Verse by John Phoenix Hutchinson

Rannerdale Knotts. Photography by Craig Hyde at Pure Photos.
Rannerdale Knotts. Photography by Craig Hyde at Pure Photos.

Alfred Wainwright’s popularity shows no sign of slowing down. Nearly 25 years after his death, his guide books continue to sell in vast quantities as walkers follow in his footsteps to become ‘Wainwright baggers.’

Seen as we’ve got a fairly decent reputation for producing poetry in the Lakes, what better way to epitomise these celebrated hills than with a collection of poems?

John Phoenix Hutchinson, a poet and fell walker from the Lake District, has released a collection of poetry called Wainwrights in Verse covering all 214 Wainwright fells. It is described as a ‘poetical guide to the Lake District Fells.’ Below are two poems for your enjoyment: ‘Rannerdale Knotts’ and ‘Red Pike’. The accompanying photos are by talented Cumbrian photographer Craig Hyde at Pure Photos; you can see more of his work on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/purephotos.  Craig also takes some stunning photos of wildlife, check them out!

Wainwrights in Verse (£8.99) is available from www.bookscumbria.com and from the Carlisle and Keswick branches of Bookends.

Rannerdale Knotts

Region: North West Height: 1,165 ft Grid Ref: NY167182

The springtime hue is a stunning sea of blue,

Best visited when the dawning sunshine hits the dew.

Green the oasis where the medieval blood once flowed,

Killing Norman invaders with victory bestowed,

Springing surprise, ambush! Revenge begot,

Here on short sweet mountain, Rannerdale Knotts.

Photography by Craig Hyde at Pure Photos
Photography by Craig Hyde at Pure Photos.

Red Pike (Buttermere)

Region: West Height: 2,477 ft Grid Ref: NY160154

A Most popular Buttermere valley hike,

The route of rock up buttressed pike,

Here the stone is rich bloody red,

As the syenite runs through the soil bed.

The view’s a classic with many lakes seen,

And the mountain itself in Adam’s Ale teems,

For water here is the star attraction,

Varying in type with pleasant reactions.

The cascading course flows of Sour Milk Gill,

To the beautiful falls of Scale Force thrill,

And not forgetting the hidden volcano yarn,

In the deep dark depths of Bleaberry Tarn.

High Stile and Red Pike, Buttermere. Photo by Craig Hyde at Pure Photos


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