Category Archives: Lake District

Walks and photos from the Lake District

The Far Northern Wainwrights – back of Skiddaw in the snow – Longlands Fell, Brae Fell, Great Sca Fell, Meal Fell and a Great Cockup (8 miles)

Lowly and unassuming they may be but this little group of hills north of Skiddaw are well worth a wander. There’s five easy tops for Wainwright baggers, lovely views of the Solway Firth and far fewer people around – oh … Continue reading

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A Tour of Skiddaw From Millbeck – Lonscale Fell, Burnt Horse, Skiddaw House, Bakestall, Skiddaw and Dodd (14 miles)

Some routes need no explanation, but this one certainly does. It goes like this;- my mate Alan has done more Wainwrights than me, but he’s never been happy that I’ve done three that he hasn’t. The offending three are Souther … Continue reading

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Kirk Fell Circuit from Seathwaite, via Green Gable, Great Gable, Sty Head and a pint at Wasdale Head

Second attempt to finally bag Kirk Fell after last years bad back failed expedition. Plan A was to park again at Seathwaite, head up Sour Milk Gill, along Gillercomb, over Green Gable, Windy Gap, skirt around Great Gable across Beck Head … Continue reading

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A Wander Round the Watendlath Wainwrights – Grange Fell, High Tove, Armboth Fell, High Seat, Bleaberry Fell and Walla Crag from Grange

Interesting walk over 6 north central Wainwrights on the high ground between Derwent Water & Thirlmere. We parked at Keswick, taking the no 78 bus down the B5289 to Grange. From here it’s an L shape linear route back to Keswick with a refreshing … Continue reading

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Returning to the Highlands – it’s Plockton Time!

Last October I wrote a post here called I Miss the Hills. Whilst whale watching in remote northern Skye I got a call from my dad who had just managed to hit his face on a cupboard door knocking him unconscious … Continue reading

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Steel Fell via Helm Crag, Gibson Knott, Calf Crag and Cream Scones – from Grasmere Village

Helm Crag is probably my favourite small hill in the Lakes and the best way to scale it is straight up from Grasmere. On any other approach it’s just an outlying fell yet from Grasmere it becomes a mini Matterhorn. This … Continue reading

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A Fine Fairfield Round from Grasmere – guest starring Rydal Water, High Pike, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, Fairfield and introducing Stone Arthur!

Here’s an even more interesting version of the classic Fairfield round via a scenic approach walk along the lakeside paths of Grasmere & Rydal Water. Seven Wainwrights in total including hopefully 3 new ones for us, Low & High Pikes on the central ridge plus Stone Arthur on the … Continue reading

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A Wander on Wansfell and Baystones (but not necessarily in that order) – 4.5 miles

A short circular walk taking in the two tops of Wansfell, Ambleside’s very own Wainwright. We were en route to Grasmere for the weekend so Troutbeck made a convenient starting point after the drive over Kirkstone Pass. The trusty Met Office … Continue reading

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North Eastern Wainwrights, Bonscale Pike, Arthurs Pike, Loadpot Hill, Wether Hill and Steel Knotts (Pikewassa) – 8 miles

A fairly straightforward afternoon taking in 5 Wainwrights whilst trying to beat some dismal Lake District weather. The Met Office suggested possible afternoon brightness in the north east Lakes, so this was an opportunity to make first ascents of Arthurs Pike, Bonscale Pike & mini mighty Pikewassa (Steel Knotts). There was … Continue reading

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Making a Break for Mellbreak and Hen Comb – two Windy Western Wainwrights

A 7 mile Sunday Lakes walk up two windy western Wainwrights, with an extra advantage. You get to frequent one of Lakeland’s best country pubs, the Kirkstile Inn, where they serve proper ale. Not that I’m obsessed about proper pubs … Continue reading

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