Lake District: High Level and Fell Walks
This guidebook describes 30 graded fell walks on the ridges and high peaks of the English Lake District, the UK's most popular national park. Reaching some of England's finest and highest mountain scenery, this guide leads readers to classic horseshoes and traditional ascents as well as lesser-known routes to quieter summits.
SeasonsAll year - each season holds its own delights - but walkers need to be prepared, and suitably equipped, for the potential for snow on the fells any time between November and April.
CentresKeswick, Braithwaite, Glenridding, Patterdale, Buttermere, Borrowdale, Ennerdale, Wasdale Head, Boot, Honister Pass, Coniston, Great Langdale, Grasmere, Ambleside, Kentmere.
DifficultyFell walks covering both rocky terrain and grassy hills with occasional stretches of boggy ground. Most of the walks are relatively easy to follow in clear conditions, but may require good navigational skills in mist. Routes from 7-23km, graded 1-5. Some easy scrambling. Many routes require ice and crampons in snow.
Must SeeClimb England's highest peaks, including Scafell Pike, Sca Fell, Helvellyn and Skiddaw; stride out on classic horseshoe routes such as the Newlands Round and the Fairfield Horseshoe; enjoy quieter routes on to popular fells such as Blencathra and Red Screes; and visit some lesser known summits, including Gray Crag and Beda Fell.
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Vivienne is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specialising in travel and the outdoors. A journalist since 1990, she abandoned the constraints of a desk job on regional newspapers in 2001 to go travelling. On her return to the UK, she decided to focus on the activities she loves the most – hill-walking, writing, travelling and photography. Based in north Cumbria, she has put her intimate knowledge of northern England to good use, writing more than a dozen popular walking guidebooks. She also contributes to a number of regional and national magazines, including several regular walking columns. Vivienne is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.View author profile
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