Artist Percy Kelly Walking Trails

The Places that Inspired the Artist

Author and Kelly expert Chris Wadsworth says “West Cumbria was important to Percy Kelly and he is now important to West Cumbria. He lived for more than fifty years in Workington, Great Broughton, Allonby and Whitehaven. His lasting tour de force will always be the large charcoal and gouache paintings of the coastal harbours. These are the largest works he ever embarked on. His style is assured, confident and emotionally charged. It is sometimes dark but always honest.”  

You can follow in his footsteps with illustrated booklets to his work in Allonby, Maryport and Workington. The trails have been formed totally through Kelly’s paintings and drawings. Some have changed over the years and others are the same as the moment he painted them. They can be done in any order.