FOLLOWING in the footsteps of Wainwright...
Fell-walker Keith Dyson, 75, has just completed all 214 of Alfred Wainwright's famous Lakeland routes.
The laconic pipe-smoking Wainwright compiled his classic hikes in seven volumes covering the Lake District.
Mr Dyson, of Causeway Side, Linthwaite, a former painter and decorator, reached the top of 10 Lakeland mountains in a week with friends to complete all 214.
And they cracked open a bottle of champagne as Mr Dyson finished the final one.
"There are many people who have done the Wainwright walks, but not a lot at my age!"
The routes are generally about eight or nine miles in length and take in the popular and busy mountainous regions as well as the quieter fells near the coast.
Wainwright wrote evocative descriptions accompanied by pen and ink illustrations.
Revealing that not all of the routes are classics Mr Dyson commented: "Some of the walks are bloody awful."
Despite suffering from arthritis and diabetes he has spent the past 10 years working his way through the books.
Mr Dyson became a keen fell walker after his wife Dorothy died.
"When you are up on the tops and just starting out it's brilliant. You look down on these little cars zooming around at the bottom and think the people don't know what they are missing."
Wainwright's walks have their fair share of undulating strolls. But there are also testing ridge scrambles up mountain-sides.
"My daughters have played heck with me many a time asking what I'm doing on my own.
"I find that walking on my own I can go at my own pace, stop when I want and take a photo."
There have been some sticky moments, however.
"A few weeks ago I was up on Gray Crag at Hawswater. In the wind and rain I had to get down on my hands and knees it was blowing so hard. I just thought `you silly devil'."