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Explore the Lake District's Central Fells with a Cicerone Guidebook

Cover of The Central Fells
11 Dec 2013
19.6 x 13.0 x 2.0cm
1st Published
15 Aug 2008
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The Central Fells

Walking guide to the Lake District

by Mark Richards
Book published by Cicerone Press

Part of the Lakeland Fellranger walking series, this guidebook covers 28 summits in the Central Fells of the Lake District with a wide range of ascents. Great fell days are to be had here between Great Langdale and Keswick, with fells such as Harrison Stickle, Silver How, High Rigg and Pike o'Stickle.

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The Central Fells of the Lake District stretch north from Grasmere to Keswick, and are caught between the blue ribbons of Thirlmere and Derwentwater. They form a swell of high ground and provide endless possibilities for a walker. There are fells of all varieties with cragged and rugged tops, wide sweeps of grass, heather and bracken and corrie lakes nestled in rocky hillsides. And this Lakeland Fellranger includes descriptions and routes for all 28 fells, in the very heart of the Lakes.

What sort of walking awaits? There's a peak for walkers of any ability, from the southern craggy rises of Loughrigg Fell and Silver How overlooking Grasmere and Elterwater to the northern fells of High Rigg and Bleaberry Fell with sweeping views over Keswick, Blencathra and Skiddaw. And it would be impossible to miss the Langdale Pike favourites of Harrison Stickle, Pavey Arc and Pike o'Stickle, with their ties to charming Lakeland villages like Chapel Stile, and the famed Old Dungeon Ghyll.

The Central Fells is part of the eight-volume Lakeland Fellranger series by Mark Richards. Fellrangers mix the perfect balance of inspiration and information as they provide a comprehensive guide to the fells of the English Lake District. In every book, a dedicated chapter covers each fell, with a variety of routes, both time-honoured and undiscovered depicted on Harvey maps. The author's own topos and summit panoramas, not to mention breathtaking photography, enhance the reader's journey, and make sure that any trip to the Central Fells with a Fellranger in hand is one to remember. 

  • A waterproof PVC cover and ribbon bookmark make this Lakeland Fellranger guide a handy companion in the hills.
  • Every route is illustrated with HARVEY maps, colour photographs, fellscape diagrams and panorama guides.
  • A walk and a fell for everyone - with alternative routes, height distance and timing information to tailor-make your ranging.

The Central Fells is just one guide of the eight-part Lakeland Fellranger series, covering a total of 227 fells. Where will you go next? To explore the Lakeland fells in full, check out the other guides on Cicerone's website: The North-Western FellsThe Northern FellsThe Mid-Western FellsThe Western FellsThe Southern FellsThe Near Eastern Fellsand The Far Eastern Fells.

  • Activities
    Walking and (occasional optional) scrambling
  • Seasons
    Suitable all-year round walking. Winter walks, even on the lower fells of the Lake District, is not for the inexperienced or under-equipped.
  • Centres
    Great Langdale, Chapel Stile, Ambleside, Keswick, Borrowdale
  • Difficulty
    Straightforward, short ascents, often not on clear paths, to be used as a basis for readers' own walks. Navigational skills needed but no specialist equipment. Any scrambling is easy and non-scrambling options are always provided.
  • Must See
    A fresh perspective on classic summits in the Lakes like the Langdale Pikes, Silver How and Sergeant Man, and inspiring introduction to lesser-known Lakeland fells such as Bleaberry Fell, High Rigg and Thunacar Knott, with crystal-clear Harvey mapping and the author's detailed elevation diagrams and panoramas.


Feb 2011

A reader has pointed out that the panoramas for fell chapter 21, Sergeant Man, are incorrect. (The panoramas for the Silver How chapter have inadvertently been duplicated.)
The correct summit panoramas can be downloaded by clicking below:

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From fireside to fellside
This guide
Fix the Fells
Starting points
The Fells
1 Armboth Fell  479m/1572ft
2 Bell Crags  558m/1831ft
3 Bleaberry Fell  589m/1932ft
4 Blea Rigg  556m/1824ft
5 Calf Crag  537m/1762ft
6 Eagle Crag  520m/1706ft
7 Gibson Knott  421m/1381ft
8 Grange Fell  416m/1365ft
9 Great Crag  452m/1483ft
10 Harrison Stickle  736m/2415ft
11 Helm Crag  405m/1329ft
12 High Raise  762m/2500ft
13 High Rigg  355m/1165ft
14 High Seat  608m/1995ft
15 High Tove  515m/1690ft
16 Loft Crag  692m/2270ft
17 Loughrigg Fell  335m/1099ft
18 Pavey Ark  697m/2287ft
19 Pike o'Stickle  708m/2323ft
20 Raven Crag  463m/1519ft
21 Sergeant Man  736m/2414ft
22 Sergeant's Crag  574m/1883ft
23 Silver How  395m/1296ft
24 Steel Fell  553m/1814ft
25 Tarn Crag  485m/1591ft
26 Thunacar Knott  723m/2372ft
27 Ullscarf  726m/2382ft
28 Walla Crag  379m/1243ft
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