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

Cover of The Northern Fells
Available as eBook
9 Jun 2016
19.6 x 13.0 x 1.7cm
1st Published
17 Sep 2012
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The Northern Fells

by Mark Richards
Book published by Cicerone Press

Lakeland Fellranger guidebook covering 23 summits in the Northern Fells of the Lake District, with a wide range of ascents. This region is home to the popular fells of Blencathra and Skiddaw, plus lesser-known fells such as Caldbeck and Uldale in this northern area. With clear Harvey map extracts and the author's original topos and panoramas.

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The Northern Fells of the Lake District roll north from Keswick in bold sweeps of hillside. They offer a taste of classic fellwalking to those who explore beyond the clutch of the busier peaks. 23 fells are described in this guide, with route variations ensuring that there's potential for walkers of any and all abilities, so the Northern Fells may be enjoyed to their full.

What sort of walking awaits? Broad sweeps of heather-clad fells and an expanse of grass, rock and sky make it the home of a peace and remoteness for ramblers. Summits of high fellwalking ambition such as Skiddaw and Blencathra watch over Keswick, before sprawling north into deep valley basins and moor-like hilltops of Brae Fell, Great Calva, Great Cockup and Knott.

The Northern 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 Northern 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.
  • Mark up your fells after a day's walk in the fell checklist to chronicle your adventures in the Lakes

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

  • Activities
    walking and (occasional optional) scrambling
  • Seasons
    In the main these are fells for all seasons. However Blencathra's ridges are exposed and unforgiving to timid and unwary explorers in windy, wet or icy conditions.
  • Centres
    Caldbeck, Uldale, Ireby, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Threlkeld, Mungrisdale and Hesket Newmarket.
  • 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
    Blencathra; Skiddaw; Caldbeck and Uldale Fells; Dash Falls, Trusmadoor and Carrock Fell, Great Cockup and Dodd. Quiet hills of peace and introspection for all the lack of lakes for reflection.

November 2013

Latrigg - route 5

(p168) the first stages are "a gloomy coniferous tunnel." A note to be added on p171 under Safe Descents that this route can be very difficult because of the poor light.


From Fireside to Fellside
This Guide
Fix the Fells
Fell Review
Starting Points
The Fells
1 Bakestall (673m/2208ft)
2 Bannerdale Crags (683m/2241ft)
3 Binsey (447m/1467ft)
4 Blencathra (868m/2848ft)
5 Bowscale Fell (702m/2303ft)
6 Brae Fell (586m/1923ft)
7 Carl Side (746m/2448ft)
8 Carrock Fell (662m/2172ft)
9 Dodd (502m/1647ft)
10 Great Calva (690m/2264ft)
11 Great Cockup (526m/1726ft)
12 Great Sca Fell (651m/2136ft)
13 High Pike (658m/2159ft)
14 Knott (710m/2329ft)
15 Latrigg (368m/1207ft)
16 Longlands Fell (483m/1585ft)
17 Long Side (734m/2408ft)
18 Lonscale Fell (715m/2346ft)
19 Meal Fell (550m/1804ft)
20 Skiddaw (931m/3054ft)
21 Skiddaw Little Man (865m/2838ft)
22 Souther Fell (522m/1713ft)
23 Ullock Pike (690m/2264ft)
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