An inspirational guidebook to 50 challenging walks on the high fells of the Lake District. The graded circular routes, between 4 and 14 miles in length, cover classic Lakeland summits like Fairfield, Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Blencathra, to the lesser-known High Spy, King's How and Brund Fell.
This is an inspirational guide to 50 memorable expeditions through the high fells of the Lake District. From the favourite summits of Scafell, Bowfell, Great Gable, the Crinkle Crags, to lesser-known fells, this guide offers only the best walks to explore all that is pure Lakeland.
Some of the 50 walks described in Great Mountain Days in the Lake District are well known classic challenges – such as Scafell Pike and Esk Pike, or the Gable Girdle – while others approach a favourite mountain from a new angle or combine several in a testing way. Each one can be crammed into a single, long day or backpacked over two to spend a little longer in this rugged and addictive landscape.
The circular walks are all graded, making this guidebook equally suitable for less experienced walkers looking for new summits and undiscovered areas of the Lake District, as well as experienced walkers looking for a challenging day out on the fells. The walks are categorised between the grades Energetic, Strenuous and Arduous.
This is one title in the Cicerone Great Mountain Days series, which includes Snowdonia, Scotland and the Pennines.
For nearly 50 years Cicerone have been producing guidebooks on recognised treks, regions, areas and general tips for hikers.
We have used them countless times and they've always provided excellent insight and knowledge that you only get through experience, giving you the edge to make your trip a success and more enjoyable too.
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SeasonsSuitable all-year round, but winter walking is not for the inexperienced or under-equipped.
CentresAmbleside, Keswick, Patterdale, Seatoller, Boot, Ennerdale, Wasdale Head
DifficultyCircular routes, between 4 and 14 miles in length. Navigational skills needed. No special equipment required - only the mildest of scrambling will be encountered.
Must SeeFrom classic summits like Fairfield, Scafell Pike and Blencathra, to the lesser-known High Spy, King's How and Brund Fell, the walks will deepen your knowledge of the whole Lake District.
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Before you start
1 Lingmoor Fell
2 Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle
3 Loft Crag and Pike o’Stickle
4 Bowfell and Rossett Pike
5 Pike o’Blisco and Crinkle Crags
7 Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man
8 Dow Crag, Brim Fell, Swirl How and Grey Friar
9 Black Combe
10 Harter Fell (Eskdale) and Hard Knott
11 Scafell Pike and Esk Pike
12 Scafell and Slight Side
13 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg
14 Great End, Scafell Pike and Lingmell
15 Pillar, Scoat Fell, Red Pike and Yewbarrow
16 Kirk Fell and Great Gable
17 Buckbarrow, Seatallan and Middle Fell
18 Crag Fell, Caw Fell and Haycock
19 Steeple, Scoat Fell and Pillar
21 Whiteside, Hopegill Head, Grasmoor, Wandope, Whiteless Pike and Rannerside Knotts
22 High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike
24 Fleetwith Pike, Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson
25 Green Gable and Great Gable
26 Rosthwaite Fell and Glaramara
27 Eagle Crag, Sergeant’s Crag, High Raise and Ullscarf
28 High Spy, King’s How and Brund Fell
29 Catbells, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head and Hindscarth
30 Robinson, Knott Rigg and Ard Crags
31 Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Eel Crag, Sail, Outerside and Barrow
32 Ullock Pike, Long Side, Carl Side, Skiddaw Little Man, Skiddaw and Bakestall
33 Carrock Fell and High Pike
34 Bowscale Fell, Blencathra and Souther Fell
36 Clough Head, Great Dodd, Watson’s Dodd, Stybarrow Dodd and Hart Side
37 Raise, White Side and Helvellyn
38 Helm Crag, Gibson Knott, Calf Crag and Sergeant Man
39 Low Pike, High Pike, Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar
40 Red Screes, Litte Hart Crag, High Pike and Low Pike
41 Caudale Moor
42 Dove Crag, Hart Crag and Hartsop above How
43 Fairfield and St Sunday Crag
44 Dollywaggon Pike, Nethermost Pike, Helvellyn and Catstycam
45 Birkhouse Moor, Helvellyn, White Side, Raise, Stybarrow Dodd and Sheffield Pike
46 Place Fell
47 Steel Knotts, High Raise, Rampsgill Head, The Knott, Rest Dodd, Angletarn Pikes and Beda Head
48 High Street, Rampsgill Head and Kidsty Pike
49 Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Crag, High Street and Mardale Ill Bell
50 Shipman Knotts, Kentmere Pike and Harter Fell (Mardale)
Appendix 1: Concise Walk Reference and Personal Log
Appendix 2: Index of the Fells
Appendix 3: Further Reading