Wainwright’s Favourite Walks

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks

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Welcome to 2020’s challenge! Wainwright’s Favourite Walks in Lakeland.

2019 was all about lakes. This year it’s all about mountains.

I’ve chosen to focus on 18 classic Lake District walks inspired by Alfred Wainwright’s favourite days out in the hills. You’ll find descriptive accounts of these classic long Lake District walks in his beautiful book, ‘Fellwalking with Wainwright’. I’ve enjoyed the words and pictures in this book for many years so it’s time I went to experience these old and new friends as Wainwright did, but all across the course of an exciting year.

Rules of the game

  • Enjoy the 18 fell walks listed below across the course of the year
  • Use the routes described in AW’s book as inspiration to create my own routes
  • Variations permitted to add interest, or for safety or environmental reasons  (even my revised copy of the book is from 2006, so it’s likely paths have changed and some of AW’s recommended approaches will no longer be the most sensible options)

Like last year, there’ll be regular posts in the Adventures section of the blog as I complete the walks. You can also track my progress by clicking around on this page.

I can’t wait to enjoy my take on Wainwright’s favourite walks across the course of the year…

1. High Street and Harter Fell
High Street, Mardale Ill Bell, Harter Fell, Branstree*

Distance: 8 miles (12.7 km)

Wainwright count: 4

Start/Finish: Mardale Head

Completed: Yes

 

2. The Kentmere Round
Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Crag, Kentmere Pike, Shipman Knotts

Distance: 12 miles (19.2 km)

Wainwright count: 6

Start/Finish: Kentmere village

Completed: Yes

 

3. The Fairfield Horseshoe
Nab Scar, Heron Pike, Great Rigg, Fairfield, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, High Pike, Low Pike

Distance: 11 miles (17.6 km)

Wainwright count: 8

Start/Finish: Ambleside

Completed: Yes

 

4. Helvellyn by the Edges
Helvellyn, Catstycam, Birkhouse Moor

Distance: 8 miles (12.8 km)

Wainwright count: 3

Start/Finish: Patterdale

Completed: Yes

 

5. Blencathra
Blencathra

Distance: 5 miles (7.8 km)

Wainwright count: 1

Start/Finish: A66 near Scales

Completed: Yes

 

6. Skiddaw
Skiddaw, Carl Side, Long Side, Ullock Pike, Bakestall*

Distance: 9 miles (14.5 km)

Wainwright count: 5

Start/Finish: Ravenstone

Completed: Yes

 

7. The Langdale Pikes
Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle, Loft Crag, Pike O’Stickle, Thunacar Knott*, High Raise*, Sergeant Man*

Distance: 8 miles (13.5 km)

Wainwright count: 7

Start/Finish: Great Langdale

Completed: Yes

 

8. Crinkle Crags
Pike O’Blisco, Crinkle Crags

Distance: 8 miles (12.8 km)

Wainwright count: 2

Start/Finish: Great Langdale

Completed: Yes

 

9. Bowfell and Esk Pike
Bowfell, Esk Pike

Distance: 8 miles (12.8 km)

Wainwright count: 2

Start/Finish: Great Langdale

Completed: Yes

 

10. The Coniston Fells
Dow Crag, Coniston Old Man, Brim Fell, Swirl How, Wetherlam

Distance: 10 miles (16 km)

Wainwright count: 5

Start/Finish: Coniston

Completed: Yes

 

11. The Newlands Round
Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head, Hindscarth

Distance: 9 miles (14.4 km)

Wainwright count: 4

Start/Finish: Little Town

Completed: Yes

 

12. The Coledale Round
Barrow, Outerside, Sail, Eel Crag, Hopegill Head, Grisedale Pike, Scar Crags*, Causey Pike*

Distance: 10 miles (16.2 km)

Wainwright count: 8

Start/Finish: Braithwaite

Completed: Yes

 

13. Scafell Pike
Scafell Pike, Great End

Distance: 10 miles (16 km)

Wainwright count: 2

Start/Finish: Borrowdale

Completed: Yes

 

14. Scafell
Scafell

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.4 km)

Wainwright count: 1

Start/Finish: Wasdale Head

CompletedNo

 

15. Great Gable
Great Gable, Green Gable, Brandreth, Grey Knotts

Distance: 6 miles (9.6 km)

Wainwright count: 4

Start/Finish: Honister Pass

Completed: Yes

 

16. The Mosedale Horseshoe
Red Pike (Wasdale), Scoat Fell, Pillar, Steeple

Distance: 8 miles (12.8 km)

Wainwright count: 4

Start/Finish: Wasdale Head

Completed: Yes

 

17. The High Stile Range
Red Pike (Buttermere), High Stile, High Crag

Distance: 7.5 miles (12 km)

Wainwright count: 3

Start/Finish: Buttermere

Completed: Yes

 

18. Haystacks
Haystacks

Distance: 7 miles (11.2 km)

Wainwright count: 1

Start/Finish: Buttermere

Completed: Yes

 

*this summit is not included in Wainwright’s descriptive account in ‘Fellwalking With Wainwright’

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