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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – Bowfell and Esk Pike

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – Bowfell and Esk Pike

ROUTE STATS (including map) Bowfell and Esk Pike Think of a cloud. Chances are you’re picturing something resembling a sheep with no legs. Those fluffy, cottonwool, cumulus clouds floating across the blue skies above Springfield in the title sequence of The Simpsons. All pretty idyllic. But a hillwalker’s relationship with the imagery of clouds is quite different. After all, clouds in a mountain setting rarely bring good news, right? They obscure the views for a start. And when they are…

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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – Helvellyn by the Edges

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – Helvellyn by the Edges

ROUTE STATS (including map) Helvellyn by the Edges I spent a lot of my time as a youngster clambering over rocks. I think it started at some local castle ruins, quite rightly protected by all sorts of preservation orders nowadays. We’d scramble over the structures, reaching precarious ledges before stuffing our faces with sweets. As a gawky pre-teen, I remember a teacher asking the class about our favourite TV programmes. ‘Neighbours’ was a popular choice in the ‘90s. Some tried…

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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – The Langdale Pikes

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – The Langdale Pikes

ROUTE STATS (including map) The Langdale Pikes The Langdale Pikes are the boy band of the Lakeland fells. Pike o’Stickle, Loft Crag, Thorn Crag, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark can’t go anywhere without having their picture taken. Even from afar, they are instantly recognisable by their adoring fans. Congregate around the north-eastern shores of Windermere on a clear day and you’ll see even the most disinterested visitor proudly posing for a selfie with the Langdale Pikes in the background. It’s…

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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – The Kentmere Round

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – The Kentmere Round

ROUTE STATS (including map) The Kentmere Round When people learn that I like to climb mountains in the Lake District, they’ll often ask for a recommendation. And that presents a dilemma. Because while there’s no shortage of choices, committing to a single hill is not easy. It all depends on what you are after. If you haven’t done any hillwalking before, I might suggest something like Catbells. If it’s a nice day, you want something bigger and look capable, then…

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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – The Coniston Fells

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – The Coniston Fells

ROUTE STATS (including map) The Coniston Fells We tend to think of places like the Lake District as typical natural environments. But look a little closer and you’ll see it’s not as unspoilt as we like to imagine. After tectonic plate movements, volcanic eruptions and glaciers had done their thing, it’s we humans that shaped the landscape we see today. For hundreds of years we’ve exploited the fells for minerals, the forests for timber, the lakes for water and the…

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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – Crinkle Crags

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – Crinkle Crags

ROUTE STATS (including map) Crinkle Crags My favourite rollercoaster is The Big Dipper at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It’s a classic wooden attraction which has been thrilling riders for almost 100 years. Unlike modern rollercoasters, there are no loops. You don’t go backwards or wear virtual reality goggles. It’s hardly a smooth ride either, as your train clatters along the dips and bumps of the rickety track at what feels like warp speed. It’s the simplicity of the experience I like….

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Tiptoe Woods

Tiptoe Woods

ROUTE STATS (including map) Tiptoe Woods Northumberland is perhaps best known for its fantastic coastline. With beautiful beaches, incredible wildlife and magnificent castles, it’s arguably Britain’s finest county for those who like the sea. But apart from its rugged coast, Northumberland has its fair share of tremendous walks inland. And while the crowds seeking peace and quiet flock to the Lake District, Snowdonia and the Peak District, those in the know head to Northumberland. While there are some truly wild…

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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – Great Gable

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – Great Gable

ROUTE STATS (including map) Great Gable Speed. It’s a way of life these days. Getting things done quickly is the name of the game. Racing around to achieve as much as we can in as short a time as possible. Life in the fast lane. The corporate world is partly to blame. Management’s answer to the more-for-less conundrum often being to push their staff to breaking point with ever increasing targets and tighter deadlines. Sustainable only for a short time…

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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – The Coledale Round

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – The Coledale Round

‘The valley of Coledale is without charm but will be remembered with affection by those who walk around the mountain skyline of its perimeter and by so doing enjoy one of their most rewarding days on the tops.’ Alfred Wainwright ROUTE STATS (including map) Ups and Downs Many walkers instinctively know whether they prefer going uphill or downhill. Perhaps you like the prolonged thrill of the climb. Your lungs screaming out for air. Legs burning. The slow, simple, rhythm of putting…

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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – High Street and Harter Fell

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – High Street and Harter Fell

ROUTE STATS (including map) High Street and Harter Fell Arriving at Haweswater feels like stepping into another world. A world far removed from the trappings of modern life. One where the balance is shifted in favour of nature and where humans aren’t necessarily in charge. Even on the greyest of days, it’s like someone has turned up the intensity dial. The diversity of flora and fauna jumps out with a vivid clarity. You might see deer and red squirrels. The…

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