Alfred Wainwright and Ron Scholes
Ron's friendship with Alfred Wainwright began in the early 1970's: firstly through correspondence, when Ron offered to give illustrated talks; then with help in other ways, to support his favourite charity, Animal Rescue Cumbria.
Ron met Alfred and Betty many times at their home in Kendal Green, and, as a rare honour, stayed the night on three occasions.
During these visits, conversations were a rewarding experience, and always a great privilege and pleasure to be in his company. Discussions ranged from his books, the Lakeland Fells and Animal Rescue, to maps ancient and modern and long-distance walking routes. One of these topics centred on a coast-to-coast walk across northern England. Wainwright approved of the route and suggested several helpful points and observations that he felt would improve the quality of the journey.
At one meeting, Ron asked if he could tape-record a conversation about the Wrynose and Hardknott passes. Wainwright agreed, but made the famous comment: "Do you know how to use that machine?"
During his work on a Peak District Sketchbook, Ron accompanied him to a number of locations in the area, including a walk to Three Shire Heads, Dovedale, and Wildboarclough, and an ascent of the Roaches.
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