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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.


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


Patterdale, Haweswater, Longsleddale, Langdale, Coniston, Duddon, Eskdale


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 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
27 Jan 2021
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.40cm

A guidebook to 106 graded scrambles in the south of the Lake District National Park, covering Langdale, Coniston and Eskdale, with easy access from Haweswater, Longsleddale, Duddon and Patterdale.

Routes range scrambling grade 1 to climbing grade V Diff so there’s something for all abilities. The gill scrambles and rock climbs can be linked to form 24 days out.

  • 1:25,000 OS mapping and topos to aid navigation
  • Each scramble is clearly described with notes about grade, quality, aspect and approach
  • Popular routes covered include Jack's Rake, Esk Gorge, Pinnacle Ridge, Dungeon Gill, Linkcove Gill, Giant's Crawl, Middlefell Buttress and Crescent Climb
  • Detailed information on safety and equipment
  • Part of a 2-volume set, an accompany Cicerone guidebook Scrambles in the Lake District - North is also available

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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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