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Lake District Winter Climbs

Snow, ice and mixed climbs in the English Lake District

Essential guidebook to the best winter climbing routes in the Lake District. All the known routes in every part of the Lakes are described. From classic high-mountain gullies and buttresses on crags such as Scafell, Pillar and Great Gable to frozen watercourses and icefalls including Great Gully on the Wasdale screes.


October to April, but climbs unlikely to be in condition before January.


Langdale, Coniston, Eskdale, Wasdale, Ennerdale, Buttermere, Borrowdale, Thirlmere, Patterdale, northern and eastern fells


Winter climbing skills required.

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Helvellyn coves, Great End, Scafell, Newland's Hause, Low Water Beck, Cautley Spout
13 Nov 2012
17.20 x 11.60 x 2.90cm

Guide to nearly 1000 winter climbs in the English Lake District, ranging from classic high-mountain gullies and buttresses to frozen watercourses and icefalls. Covers all the known venues, with routes at all levels of difficulty from Grade I to Grade VI and above.

  • Scafell, Pillar, Great Gable, Newland’s Hause, Helvellyn’s eastern coves, and outliers such as Cautley Spout
  • Photo topos picture the lines taken by climbs, with accompanying text describing the key route features, crux and access/descent notes
  • Approach maps show the best way to access each crag
  • Details on climbing with nature conservation in mind, with symbols highlighting routes that are known habitats of rare alpine plants, or within Sites of Special Scientific Interest
  • Joint production with the Fell and Rock Climbing Club
  • Comprehensive notes on climbing ethics, including agreed venues for dry tooling 
  • Includes a list of first ascents dating back to the earliest Victorian pioneers
  • Accommodation listings, climbing walls, safety notes, equipment, and a complete index of routes

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Brian Davison Cicerone author DAVISO

By Brian Davison

Brian Davison has been winter climbing for some 30 years and has notched up an impressive list of first ascents in Scotland, Wales and the English Lake District, as well as having climbed all over the world. He lives in Lancaster with his family and is a researcher at Lancaster University.

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