The Wainwrights in Colour- The Book

The Wainwrights in Colour Book outside viewThe book of the successful and unique “Wainwrights in Colour” project by Andy Beck is now available. It features all of the 214 Lakeland Fells and all of the 1500+ watercolour sketches which Andy has produced to complete this body of work. Andy details the differences in the scenes from how they were when A.W. illustrated them in his guides.

UPDATE: The Book was launched on 5th May 2017. The book will now have a one off print run of only 5000 copies, there will be no following print run. The books are selling fast so make sure that you purchase your copy now.  ALL of the sketches from the project feature in the book. HOT NEWS! The Wainwrights in Colour Book has WON the TGO magazine “Outdoor Book of the Year 2017” 

TGO Outdoor Book of the Year

 Thank you to all of you who voted. More information about the award here.

The Wainwrights in Colour Book inside view  360 pages in full colour         33cm x 22cm       Printed and produced in UK

includes a 17 minute DVD on how Andy completed just one of the fells in this major undertaking.

Each fell is featured and is illustrated with all of the sketches and short descriptive notes.

The books retails at £39.00 

ORDER YOUR COPY NOW.To order copies with Postage and Packing click here   For delivery overseas please email me.

  Because of the expense of self-publishing such a full colour book we are going to produce a standard limited run of the book of only 5000 copies. Don’t expect to find them at a discounted rate online….that will not happen. Even though the book is listed on certain online retailers I am only currently supplying copies to local independent shops (see below). 

Trade Enquiries Welcome. Email

NEW- Stockists. I have been out recently supplying local independent bookshops with stocks of books, below is a map showing those stockists, please support them and if you know of a shop which would like to be on this list then just email me.

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Tarn Crag (Far Eastern)*If you are one of the many people who have already expressed an interest in purchasing this book then you recently will have received emails about ordering. If you no longer are interested in purchasing a copy then please let me know so that we can re-allocate books to other customers.




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An astonishing project

Having completed the 214 fells, this book was a reward to myself. And what a reward!! The accuracy of the reproductions of all 1500 sketches is remarkable, the quality is superb, and the text is extremely interesting. It really is a fabulous book, and an astonishing undertaking!!

by The Kearvaig Pipe Club on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
A great honour to a legendary pipe smoker

Great to see a book honoring a legendary pipe smoker and hill walker. We're sure that dear old Wainwright will be having a bowl of his favourite blend this evening.

The Wainwrights in Colour

Since the first meeting with Andy Beck at Rheged when he launched the project, through visits to his then shop in Barnard Castle, I have followed this book with interest and admiration. It is a book born of Inspiration and completed with dogged determination. A superb book full of detailed watercolour paintings. I shall dip into it with immense pleasure for a long time to come. Well done indeed Andy Beck!

by ANDREW (Arnie) on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
The Wainwrights In Colour

A truly wonderful work of art, a very fitting tribute to both a very dedicated fell walker and a dedicated artist and fell walker.

A true work of art

I will treasure my copy ...even though I feel sure, in time, Andy's book will become a sought-after classic. Superb workmanship.

by Helen Bennett on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
Amazing work

I ordered this book for my dad's 85th birthday, dad has always admired Wainwright's work and always had a guide book in his rucksack. So when dad heard of Andy Beck's project he was intrigued. When Dad was given the book he was absolutely delighted, speechless and quite emotional. The book has pride of place on the coffee table! The amount of work, time and passion really shows in the production of this book. Fabulous, thank you.

The Wainwrights in Colour Book

Quite simply - a wonderful book, and one which any Wainwright devotee and fell-walker would be thrilled have on their bookshelf. If you haven't bought a copy yet I would strongly recommend that you do before they sell out, if they haven't already. Congratulations to Andy for creating such a beautiful and truly outstanding work of art.

A Fantastic Achievement

As a member of the Wainwright Society and FB friend of Andy, I first heard about this project several years ago.I pre-ordered my copy along with the two limited edition prints, and was delighted, nay, honoured to be assigned edition No.2The book is a fantastic study of AW's work, bringing to life and putting a modern twist on the original line drawings featured in the pictorial guides, and will take pride of place in my bookshelf for years to come.Bravo Andy on your fantastic achievement, and bravo Esther for supporting him!

by David Vickery on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
Dedication and patience

The book is a delight to browse, full of interest and beautiful pictures. I t is obviously a study in dedication and patience by the artist who has undertaken a real labour of love in this project. His knowledge and respect for the area, and Wainwright shines through and makes the book even more enjoyable. Thoroughly recommended

Wainwrights in Colour

A superb book which as many have said was a labour of love over more than a decade. It is a treasured possession along with the original paintings of two fells which are admired by all who see them. For those who love the Lake District the book is a wonderful reminder of days on the fells following Wainwrights guides.

by Caroline Nichol on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
The Wainwrights in Colour Book

A brilliant and very informative book. An outstanding achievement.


A brilliant book of brilliant pictures and text, especially for anyone who loves the Lake District!

by Terri harries on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
Wainwrights in Colour

A fabulous book which is beautifully presented and has obviously been a labour of love. We are currently walking the Wainwrights and our guides are very old and battered it is lovely after a day on the hills to pick up this book and look at where we have been and any changes which have taken place. It will help to keep the Hills alive for us after we can no longer walk them. A dedicated artist who has produced a book we can treasure for many years, thank you.

by Rob Longuehaye on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
A masterpiece by Andy Beck.

The Wainwrights in Colour book is a masterpiece! The associated slideshow talks Andy has presented clearly demonstrate his enthusiasm for the project was as great toward the end of the project as it was when the idea was first conceived. Having received the finished book, I can see this labour of love is a ‘must-have’ future classic & true work of art(s)! A unique book for any discerning AW fan… just Wow! What a beautiful thing… it’s a privilege to own & we’re still enjoying looking through it. Well done Andy, you worked hard during the past 10 years & accomplished something really special. An amazing achievement.

What an achievement!

My heart was in my mouth when I heard about this project but I need not have worried.. I doubt it is a coincidence that the project took about the same number of years to complete as the original guides. Andy Beck has created a wonderful and colourful reincarnation of Wainwright's originals which is simultaneously respectful and in itself a classic.

A must-buy!

As a Wainwright lover and amateur artist, this book was a must-buy for me and I have the honour to be amongst the first customers (well... number 317!!) It's a constant reminder of hundreds of glorious days spent on the fells, all painted with such beauty and love. It's a wonderful book and I'll always treasure it.

The wainwright in colout

Amazingly detailed colour pictures obtained by visiting all of the original places that wainwright went to.

The Wainwrights In Colour Book

Artist Andy Beck has produced a wonderful book from a ‘ Labour Of Love’ project spanning over 10 years. It’s a stand alone work of art in itself but also a logical addition to the seven Pictorial Guides produced by AW. over the 12 years (1955-1966).Many thanks and congratulations to Andy on completing this veritable masterpiece.It’s an absolute must for all lovers of the Lake District. A book to be cherished.

The Wainwrights in Colour

A stunning book, beautifully illustrated and well documented. A wonderful visual reminder of many happy days on the fells.

The Wainwrights in Colour Book

Beautifully illustrated; a book born from passion, skill and I suspect, pure bloody mindedness. A lovely book to delve into when overcome by a lack of motivation to put on your own waterproofs and venture out !

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