Scrambles in the Lake District - South
Langdale, Coniston, Eskdale, Patterdale & High Street
Guide to 106 scrambling routes climbing the rocks and ghylls of the English Lake District, covering the southern area including Langdale, Coniston and Eskdale. 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.
SeasonsBest in Spring to Autumn, though some routes can be climbed all year round
CentresPatterdale, Haweswater, Longsleddale, Langdale, Coniston, Duddon, Eskdale
DifficultyBeginner 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 SeePopular classics such as Jack's Rake, Esk Gorge and Pinnacle Ridge; dramatic gills like Dungeon and Linkcove Gill; classic rock climbs including Giant's Crawl, Middlefell Buttress and Crescent Climb
Guide to 106 scrambling routes in the south of the English Lake District, covering Langdale, Coniston, Eskdale, Patterdale & High Street. A comprehensive collection of scrambles on crags and gills, which are linked together to form 24 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 clearly 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 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 offers new routes in previously unexplored corners of the region alongside popular classics such as Jack's Rake, Esk Gorge and Pinnacle Ridge, as well as dramatic gills like Dungeon and Linkcove Gill. 10 classic rock climbs are also presented including Giant's Crawl, Middlefell Buttress and Crescent Climb.
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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.View author profile
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