A. W. Andrews

Arthur Westlake Andrews (12 December 1868 – 22 November 1959) was a British geographer, poet, rock-climber, mountaineer and amateur tennis and badminton player.

A.W. Andrews
Full nameArthur Westlake Andrews
Country (sports) England
Born12 December 1868
Hastings, England
Died22 November 1959(1959-11-22) (aged 90)
Zennor, England
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon3R (1909)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon3R (1909)[1]
Portmoina Cove with Commando Ridge on the mainland behind the island.

He trained as a geographer (FRGS 1896), and became a teacher of geography and history in Southwark. In 1913 he published "a text-book of geography", reprinted in 1922.


As a climber, his first contribution appears to have been, in 1899, the route now called 'Andrews' renne' on Storen, Norway.

He is especially remembered for two later climbing contributions: for his co-authorship, with J. M. A. Thomson in 1909 of the first rock-climbing guide-book, to the cliffs of Lliwedd, in Snowdonia; and for being the 'father' of Cornish sea cliff climbing, beginning with an early ascent (1902) of the Bosigran Ridge Climb (aka Commando Ridge grid reference SW413368) followed by Ledge Climb (also Bosigran) in 1905. With E. C. Pyatt he later produced the first official (Climbers' Club) Cornish climbing guide, in 1950.

He is also believed (ref 1) to have had a project to traverse all the British coastline, between the high and low water marks, aided where necessary by a rope, starting in Cornwall.


He was a regular competitor at the All England Open Badminton Championships first appearing at the 1905 All England Badminton Championships and last appearing at the 1923 All England Badminton Championships.[2]


In later years he appears to have turned to poetry inspired by the scenery of West Penwith, Cornwall.

Coordinates: 50°10′29″N 5°37′28″W / 50.17462°N 5.62456°W / 50.17462; -5.62456


  1. ^ Wimbledon Results Archive
  2. ^ "Badminton Association Open Tournament". Field. 4 March 1905. Retrieved 27 March 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Ref 1. O'Sullivan, Pete (1984) West Penwith (2nd edition), Climbers Club, ISBN 0-901601-28-4

Ref. 2 Climbers Club Journal, 1997 [1]

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