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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – The Newlands Round

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – The Newlands Round

ROUTE STATS (including map) The Newlands Round I love the night before a trip to the hills. The well-rehearsed routine of planning the route, checking the weather, making a sandwich, packing the rucksack, cramming pockets full of snacks, lining everything up by the door, early night. Ready to go. A dress rehearsal for the following day’s adventure. And it continues afterwards too. The debrief. Jotting down thoughts in my notebook. Cleaning dirty boots and reproofing gear. Packing it all away….

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2020 – A new challenge

2020 – A new challenge

This time last year, I set about thinking of a resolution for 2019. I’d stumbled across a list of the 18 major lakes in the Lake District and decided to walk around all of them. Part of me thought it’d fizzle out after a few months. It wasn’t the walks but committing the time to make regular trips to the Lake District that fazed me. I’d tried (and failed) in the past to fulfil my vague promise to “get up…

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Lakes of the Lakes : The Awards

Lakes of the Lakes : The Awards

2019. What a year it’s been. The culmination of a decade in which I’ve rediscovered a non-negotiable need for regular outdoors time. The missing piece of the puzzle after battling with anxieties pursuing a career I didn’t enjoy. Getting back outside was like finding that piece down the back of the sofa and slotting it into place. The jigsaw is now complete and it’s given me a clarity I’ve not felt for a long time. It’s as if the mist…

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Lakes of the Lakes : Crummock Water

Lakes of the Lakes : Crummock Water

Rounding off the year’s challenge with this walk around Crummock Water. Include Buttermere for an exciting figure of eight loop! ROUTE STATS (including map) Crummock Water I’ve spent the past year getting mighty familiar with lakes. Small ones, big ones, busy ones, quiet ones, peaceful ones, remote ones, natural ones, man-made ones. And lots of other ones as well. It’s been a wonderful way to experience all four corners of the Lake District. But before I start getting sentimental about…

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Lakes of the Lakes : Buttermere

Lakes of the Lakes : Buttermere

ROUTE STATS (including map) Buttermere I’ll get straight to the point and say that a walk around Buttermere is perhaps the best short walk in the Lake District. It has everything. Really it does. I even started making a list of what’s good about it and it ran to several pages. Something like this: Stunning scenery Good paths Reflections Cracking fells You can swim in it There are some fine pubs and cafés You can sleep on a campsite, in…

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Lakes of the Lakes : Loweswater

Lakes of the Lakes : Loweswater

ROUTE STATS (including map) Loweswater If I lived in the Lake District, and maybe had a dog, I reckon a walk around Loweswater would be my daily go-to. Not too long. Decent paths. And with a good dose of mountains surrounding it. It’d be easy to plonk Loweswater in the same group as Grasmere and Rydal Water. A small lake perfect for a Sunday afternoon stroll. But, like Brothers Water, it has a certain charm which elevates it to a…

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Lakes of the Lakes : Ennerdale Water

Lakes of the Lakes : Ennerdale Water

Check out this walk around Ennerdale Water if you are after a glimpse of the wilder side of the Lake District. ROUTE STATS (including map) Wild Ennerdale I think of myself as a mountain man, yet I haven’t been to Scotland. OK, that’s not quite true. I’ve been to Edinburgh. And the Scottish Borders. But I haven’t experienced ‘proper’ Scotland. The Highlands. The lochs. The Munros. The remoteness that’s unique to that landscape. It’s a gap on my outdoors CV…

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Lakes of the Lakes : Thirlmere

Lakes of the Lakes : Thirlmere

ROUTE STATS (including map) Thirlmere A walk around Thirlmere has been off the agenda until recently. The lake has had its fair share of misfortune these past few years and it’s needed some intensive surgery, putting it out of action for a while. Storm Desmond hit in December 2015, which caused extensive damage to the A591, the main road running along its eastern side. Repairs took place in 2016 but there was more to come. In 2018, the Beast of…

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Helvellyn at sunrise

Helvellyn at sunrise

ROUTE STATS (including map) Helvellyn at sunrise After days of rain, I’d planned a trip to Thirlmere during a short window of more settled weather. While I’m enjoying my Lakes of the Lakes challenge this year, I’ve been craving some higher ground before Winter sets in. By heading up later on Friday, I could tackle the Thirlmere Loop, camp over and sneak in a sunrise jaunt up one of my favourite mountains – Helvellyn. A bit like a specific trip…

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Lakes of the Lakes : Wastwater

Lakes of the Lakes : Wastwater

If it’s scenery you are after, it doesn’t get much better than this walk around Wastwater. ROUTE STATS (including map) Wastwater Back in 2009, you weren’t alone if you suffered from the ‘Avatar Blues’ – feelings of sadness after seeing James Cameron’s blockbuster film. The comparative mundanity of our immediate surroundings on Earth and the belief we can never experience the utopian alien planet of Pandora left its mark on some. Avatar is set in the future at a time…

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