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Scrambles in the Lake District - North

Wasdale, Ennerdale, Buttermere, Borrowdale, Blencathra & Thirlmere

Guide to 100 scrambling routes climbing the rocks and ghylls of the English Lake District, covering the northern area, including Wasdale, Buttermere, Patterdale and Blencathra. Routes range from grade 1 to V Diff (use of a rope is recommended for grade 2 and above) and can be linked to form 24 longer outings. With advice on equipment and safety.

Seasons

Best in Spring to Autumn, though some routes can be climbed all year round

Centres

Wasdale, Ennerdale, Buttermere, Keswick, Borrowdale, Threlkeld, Thirlmere

Difficulty

Beginner to rock climbing experience; scrambling grades from 1- to 3+; rock climbing grades from Mod to V Diff; rock climbing equipment needed for more difficult routes

Must See

Popular classics such as Sharp Edge, Cam Crag Ridge and Sphinx Ridge; dramatic gills like Sandbed and Ill Gills; classic rock climbs including Corvus, Needle Ridge, Grey Knotts Face and Steeple's East Buttress
ISBN
9781786310460
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Published
Published
14 May 2021
Edition
First
Pages
280
Size
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.55cm
Weight
330g
Overview

Guide to 100 scrambling routes in the north of the English Lake District, covering Wasdale, Ennerdale, Buttermere, Borrowdale, Blencathra and Thirlmere. It presents a comprehensive collection of scrambles on crags and gills, which are linked together to form 25 first-class mountain days. The carefully graded routes range from scrambling grade 1 to climbing grade V Diff, so there is something for beginners as well as veteran mountaineers. Rock climbing equipment is needed for more difficult routes. Each scramble is described with notes about grade, quality, aspect and approach, with colour maps and topos to aid navigation. There is information on safety and equipment, and listings of scrambles by location and grade to allow the reader to assemble their own tailor-made combination of routes. The Lake District is one of the most scenic areas in the world and this guide includes popular routes such as Sharp Edge, Cam Crag Ridge and Sphinx Ridge, dramatic gills like Sandbed and Ill Gills, and 28 classic rock climbs including Corvus, Needle Ridge, Grey Knotts Face and Steeple's East Buttress.

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By John Fleetwood

John Fleetwood has lived in the Lake District for over 20 years, and over that time he has developed an intimate knowledge of the area. John loves exploring and has sought to visit every potential crag in the area to find new routes, some of which have been included in this guide. He is a keen runner, photographer and mountaineer and was the first person to complete the Bob Graham, Ramsay and Paddy Buckley rounds in winter, as well as being a previous winner of the FRA Long Distance Award. In 2015, John traversed the Alps in a self-supported trip taking in 60 summits over 1850km. He has climbed and walked in South America, China, Iceland, Norway and the European Alps as well as Britain. When not in the hills, John runs a sustainable investment ratings company.

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