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

Cover of The Western Fells
25 Mar 2011
19.6 x 13.0 x 2.3cm
1st Published
18 Mar 2011
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The Western Fells

by Mark Richards
Book published by Cicerone Press

Lakeland Fellranger walking guidebook covering 34 summits in the Western Fells of the Lake District, with a range of ascents. This area sits within the triangle of Great Gable, Wasdale and Buttermere, defined by the high ground between the rivers Irt and Cocker. With clear Harvey map extracts and the author's original topos and panoramas.

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Weight: 600g

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The Western Fells of the Lake District radiate west from Great Gable, caught in a wedge between Wasdale and Wast Water in the south, to the northern ribbons of Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater. The fells here rise bold and rugged from tapering dales, and with 34 peaks described in this guide, walkers of all abilities are provided with endless variety.

What sort of walking awaits? The Western Fells offer an assortment of both secluded and famous rambles. Hillsides differ from sweeps of grass, steep screes, woodland and rich blankets of heather and juniper. The fells are distinct and individual; from the craggy butresses of Pillar, the rumpled beauty of Haystacks, the grand reaches of Kirk Fell, to the rugged dome of Great Gable, in the Western fells, there are hills for every walker.

The Western 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 Western 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 Western 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 Central FellsThe Southern Fells, The Near Eastern and The Far Eastern Fells.

  • Activities
    walking and (occasional optional) scrambling
  • Seasons
    Suitable all-year round, but winter walking, even on the lower fells, is not for the inexperienced or under-equipped.
  • Centres
    Wasdale Head, Buttermere, Loweswater, Cockermouth
  • Difficulty
    Straightforward, short ascents, often not on clear paths, to be used as a basis for readers' own circuits. Navigational skills needed but no specialist equipment. Any scrambling is easy and non-scrambling options are always provided.
  • Must See
    Great Gable; Green Gable; Ennerdale; Loweswater; Buttermere
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The Fells
1 Base Brown 646m, 2119ft
2 Blake Fell 573m, 1880ft
3 Brandreth 715m, 2346ft
4 Buckbarrow 430m, 1411ft
5 Caw Fell 697m, 2287ft
6 Crag Fell 523m, 1716ft
7 Fellbarrow 416m, 1365ft
8 Fleetwith Pike 648m, 2126ft
9 Gavel Fell 526m, 1726ft
10 Great Borne 616m, 2021ft
11 Great Gable 899m, 2949ft
12 Green Gable 801m, 2628ft
13 Grey Knotts 697m, 2287ft
14 Grike 488m, 1601ft
15 Haycock 798m, 2618ft
16 Haystacks 598m, 1962ft
17 Hen Comb 509m, 1670ft
18 High Crag 744m, 2441ft
19 High Stile 807m, 2648ft
20 Iron Crag 640m, 2100ft
21 Kirk Fell 802m, 2631ft
22 Knock Murton 447m, 1467ft
23 Lank Rigg 541m, 1775ft
24 Low Fell 423m, 1388ft
25 Mellbreak 512m, 1680ft
26 Middle Fell 585m, 1919ft
27 Pillar 892m, 2926ft
28 Red Pike – Buttermere 755m, 2477ft
29 Red Pike – Wasdale 828m, 2717ft
30 Scoat Fell 843m, 2766ft
31 Seatallan 693m, 2274ft
32 Starling Dodd 635m, 2083ft
33 Steeple 819m, 2687ft
34 Yewbarrow 628m, 2060ft
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