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Explore the best scrambles in the English Lake District with a Cicerone guidebook

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14 Mar 2016
17.2 x 11.5 x 1.8cm
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Scrambles in the Lake District - South

by Brian Evans
Book published by Cicerone Press

Guidebook to 126 scrambling routes in the English Lake District. The graded scrambles climb the rocks and ghylls of Langdale, Easedale, Coniston, Duddon Valley, Howgills, Eskdale, Longsleddale and Kentmere. Routes range from grade 1 through grades 2 to 4, where the use of a rope is recommended. Includes advice on equipment, safety and techniques.

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This guidebook describes 126 gill and crag scrambling routes in the north of the Lake District, with sections covering Langdale, Easedale, Coniston, Duddon Valley, Howgills, Eskdale, Longsleddale and Kentmere. Each route is graded from Grade 1 straightforward scrambling, through Grades 2 to 4, where the use of a rope is recommended. In addition, a star system (1 to 3 stars) highlights the best routes.

The guidebook includes classic routes such as Ill Crag, Eskdale; Jack's Rake on Pavey Ark; Thor's Butress, Eskdale; Esk Gorge; and Raven Crag, Yewdale. Each section includes a map showing the location of the scrambles, and routes are accompanied by information on the best approach, along with a sketch diagram of the crag and the route line. The book includes invaluable of advice on equipment, safety, rope techniques, and scrambling techniques, as well as notes on access and conservation. The Lake District's rich mix of rocks, gills and crags offers the scrambler a complex variety of routes, often well removed from the beaten track. 

  • Activities
    Scrambling, climbing, walking
  • Seasons
    Not suitable in winter or bad weather conditions
  • Centres
    Ambleside, Coniston, Langdale valley, Seathwaite, Boot, Staveley, Tebay
  • Difficulty
    All scrambles graded: the easiest are suitable for adventurous walkers while higher grades require rope and mountaineering skills
  • Must See
    Esk Gorge, Crescent Climb (Pavey Ark), Long Crag Buttress, Pike of Stickle, Raven Crag (Yewdale), Easy Terrace (Dow Crag)
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The Scrambler's Code
What is scrambling?
Equipment and rope techniques
Scrambling Techniques
Types of scramble
Conservation awareness
Using this guide
The routes
Access, conservation and bird restrictions
Route 1 Raven Crag
Route 2 White Crag
Route 3 Thorn Crag
Route 4 Loft Crag Buttress
Route 5 South-East Gully, Gimmer
Route 6 Dungeon Ghyll, Lower Section
Route 7 Dungeon Ghyll, Upper Ravine
Route 8 Pike Howe
Route 9 Stickle (Mill) Gill
Tarn Crag
Route 10 The Groove, Tarn Crag
Route 11 The Spur, Tarn Crag
Route 12 East Rib, Tarn Crag
Route 13 Tarn Crag Gill
Route 14 White Gill Edge
Route 15 Scale Gill
Pavey Ark
Route 16 Jack's Rake
Route 17 Pavey Far East
Route 18 Crescent Climb, Pavey Ark
Harrison Stickle
Route 19 South-West Face, Harrison Stickle
Route 20 South Central Buttress, Harrison Stickle
Route 21 South-East Ridge, Harrison Stickle
Route 22 East Ridge, Harrison Stickle
Pike of Stickle
Route 23 Main Face, Pike of Stickle
Route 24 The Grey Band Route, Pike of Stickle
Route 25 West Ridge, Pike of Stickle
Route 26 West Gully Ribs, Pike of Stickle
Route 27 Stake Gill
Route 28 Bowfell Links, Pinnacle Rib
Route 29 Rossett Slabs
Route 30 Allen Crags Gill
Route 31 Esk Pike, North West Spur
Route 32 Browney Gill, Lower Section
Route 33 Browney Gill, Upper Section
Route 34 Hell Gill
Route 35 Crinkle Gill
Crinkle Crags
Route 36 Crinkle Crags Buttress
Pike of Blisco
Route 37 Long Scar, Old Holborn
Route 38 Little Acorn, Black Crag
Route 39 Scrambler's Corner, Black Crag
Route 40 Redacre Gill
Route 41 Side Pike, South Ridge
Route 42 Sourmilk Gill
Route 43 Easedale Gill
Route 44 Belles Knott
Route 45 Gibson Knott, Horn Crag (Route 1)
Route 46 Helm Crag
The Coniston Fells
Route 47 The Bell
Route 48 Low Water Beck
Route 49 Brim Fell Slabs
Coppermines Valley
Route 50 Levers Water Beck
Route 51 Simon's Nick Ridge
Route 52 Gill Cove Crag, North Edge
Route 53 Cove Rib
Route 54 Raven Tor
Great How and Little How
Route 55 Little How
Route 56 Great How
Coniston Village
Route 57 Long Crag Buttress
Route 58 Long Crag, Boulder Route
Route 59 Mouldry Bank and Rascal How
Route 60 Church Beck, Coniston
Route 61 Sunlight Slabs
Upper Red Dell
Route 62 Lower Hows
Route 63 Upper Hows
Route 64 Low Wether Crag
Route 65 High Wether Crag
Yewdale and Tilberthwaite
Route 66 Raven Crag, Yewdale
Route 67 Pussie's Paradise
Route 68 Tilberthwaite Gill
Route 69 Swallow Scar
Birk Fell
Route 70 Route One, Borlase Crags
Route 71 Route Two, Borlase Crags
Route 72 Glassy Crag
Route 73 Glassy Crag Continuation Ribs
Route 74 White Gill
Route 75 Long Crag, Wetherlam
Great Carrs
Route 76 Great Carrs Buttress
Route 77 Great Carrs, Central Buttress
Route 78 Coniston Old Man, Goat Crag
Dow Crag
Route 79 Easy Terrace and its continuation
Route 80 Easter Gully and Intermediate Gully
Route 81 E-Buttress
Route 82 F-Buttress
Duddon Valley
The Seathwaite Valley (Tarn Beck Area)
Route 83 Tarn Beck
Route 84 Throng Close Buttress
Route 85 Crag Band Buttress
Route 86 Little Blake Rigg
Seathwaite Tarn
Route 87 Shudderstone How and Near Hill Crag
Route 88 Raven Nest How
Route 89 Far Hill Crag
Route 90 Great Blake Rigg
Route 91 White Pike
Route 92 Hollin How and Basin Barrow
Route 93 Harter Fell by Brandy Crag
Route 94 Castle How
Route 95 Hardknott Gill
Route 96 Border End
Route 97 Little Stand
Route 98 Stonesty Gill
Route 99 Red How from Wrynose Bottoms
Lower Eskdale
Route 100 North-West Crags, Harter Fell
Route 101 The Harter Beanie
Route 102 Low Birker Force
Cook Crag and Green Crag
Route 103 Crook Crag by Great Whinscale
Route 104 Green Crag, West Side
Route 105 Scale Gill (Cowcove Beck)
Route 106 The Esk Gorge
Route 107 Great Gill
Route 108 Bursting Gills
Route 109 Lingcove Beck
Upper Eskdale
Route 110 Cam Spout
Route 111 Scafell –South-East Side, Greencove Wyke
Route 112 Cam Spout Crag
Route 113 Tom Fox's Crag
Route 114 Horn Crag, Slight Side
Route 115 Thor's Buttress and Pen
Route 116 South-East Face, Ill Crag
Route 117 Cockly Pike Ridge, Ill Crag
Route 118 Esk Pike Fortress
Route 119 Raven Crag, Kentmere
Route 120 East Ridge, Rainsborrow Crag
Route 121 South Gill, Rainsborrow Crag
Route 122 Galeforth Gill
Route 123 Tarn Crag, Pinnacle Ribs
Route 124 Buckbarrow Crag, Left Edge
Route 125 River Sprint
The Howgill Fells
Route 126 Black Force and Carlingill
Appendix A Route index (alphabetical)
Appendix B Route index (by star grading)
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