This guidebook contains 50 short hald to full-day walks in the western Lake District. Walking areas include Duddon Valley and the Coast, Eskdale, Wasdale, Ennerdale, Lorton Vale, Buttermere and the north-west lakes. Part of a three-volume series focusing on low-level walks (with the occasional peak) between 4 and 8 miles, graded for difficulty.
SeasonsYear round, but be prepared under winter conditions for things to be much tougher.
CentresAccess to the West Lakes is through either Keswick in the north or through the South Lakes (or through Wrynose and Hardknott passes).
DifficultyHalf- to full-day walks, mainly in lower fells and valleys, plus worthwhile summits. Easier routes than the high fells.
Must SeeWild Wasdale, remote Ennerdale, high ridges around Buttermere, plus less-known and quieter walks down to the coast near St Bees and Ravenglass.
50 short walks are described, generally between 4 and 9 miles, enough to pleasantly fill a good half-day, and ideal for day visitors or family walkers. Some longer walks could be split, others combined. It is not a high fell walking guide, although several popular summits are included. Priority is given to the lower fells and dales, which are as rewarding as their higher brethren. The combination of detailed description and clear, easy-to-follow maps and evocative sketches makes this book ideal for anyone who wants to explore West Lakeland.
This guidebook divides the West Lake District into five regions:
- Duddon Valley and the coast
- Ennerdale and the coast
- Lorton Vale, Buttermere and the north-west
CHAPTER 1: DUDDON VALLEY AND THE COAST
Walk 1: Duddon Furnace to Swinside Circle
Walk 2: Frith Hall and Beckfoot
Walk 3: Tarn Hill and Stickle Pike
Walk 4: Duddon Valley and The Pike
Walk 5: Wallowbarrow Gorge and Dunnerdale Forest
Walk 6: Seathwaite Tarn and Shudderstone How
Walk 7: Circuit of Harter Fell
Walk 8: Buckbarrow and Whitfell
Walk 9: Black Combe East (from Beckside via the Horse Back Ridge)
Walk 10: Black Combe West (from Whitbeck)
Walk 11: A sample of the Cumbria Coastal Way (Silecroft/ Bootle via train)
Walk 12: Millom - Hodbarrow Iron Works Walk
CHAPTER 2: ESKDALE
Walk 13: Stainton Pike, Yoadcastle, White Pike and Barnscar Settlement
Walk 14: Around Muncaster
Walk 15: Muncaster Fell - La’al Ratty Railway
Walk 16: Devoke Water and Stanley Gill
Walk 17: Green Crag and The Pike
Walk 18: Border End via Hardknott Roman Fort
Walk 19: The Great Moss and Cam Spout
Walk 20: Whin Crag, Eel Tarn, and Stony Tarn
Walk 21: Miterdale and Burn Moor Tarn
CHAPTER 3: WASDALE
Walk 22: Whin Rigg and Irton Pike
Walk 23: Circuit of Nether Wasdale
Walk 24: Buckbarrow and Middle Fell
Walk 25: Scoat Tarn via Nether Beck
Walk 26: Yewbarrow and Over Beck
Walk 27: The Napes of Great Gable
Walk 28: Lingmell via Piers Gill
CHAPTER 4: ENNERDALE AND THE COAST
Walk 29: St Bees Head
Walk 30: Uldale and Dent
Walk 31: Whoap and Grike
Walk 32: Crag Fell and Ennerdale Water Shore
Walk 33: Great Borne and Floutern Pass
Walk 34: Bowness Knott, Ennerdale
Walk 35: Ennerdale Valley Walk along the River Liza
Walk 36: Moses Trod and the head of Ennerdale
CHAPTER 5: LORTON VALE AND NORTH WEST
Walk 37: Cogra Moss and Blake Fell Circuit
Walk 38: Loweswater Balcony Path
Walk 39: Low Fell from Thackthwaite (Linear Walk)
Walk 40: Darling Fell, Low Fell and Loweswater
Walk 41: Hen Comb from Loweswater
Walk 42: Melbreak and Crummock Water Shore
Walk 43: Lanthwaite Woods and Crummock Water Shore
Walk 44: Rannerdale Knotts
Walk 45: Around Buttermere
Walk 46: High Snockrigg via Goat Gill (From Buttermere)
Walk 47: Hay Stacks
Walk 48: Hopegill Head and The Whiteside Ridge
Walk 49: Lord’s Seat and Broom Fell
Walk 50: Dunthwaite and Watch Hill
OS Outdoor leisure Series (1:25,000)
Sheets: OL4, OL6
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'Anyone who has enjoyed using the two Short Walks in Lakeland books, North and South, by Aileen and Brian, would be looking forward to the third and last of the trilogy. The guides are definitely a model for what walkers’ guides should be – beautifully designed, chunky and pocket-sized, packed with information, and many excellent illustrations include fine sketches and colour photographs. The maps are all neat and clear, and there are many panoramas with named peaks. The selection of 50 walks in this less-used area of the Lake District offers a wide variety, graded easy, moderate and strenuous. Here are some of the finest walks in the whole of the Lakes including classics like the head of Wastwater Screes and the Great Gable traverse. All are exceptionally well researched and clearly described. The advice in the introduction is as it should be. The Evans’ books are in a class of their own and strongly recommended.'
(John Wyatt, TGO March 2001)
Aileen Evans has spent all her life enjoying climbing, walking and travel. She is author or co-author of several Cicerone guides, mainly to the Lake District, where she and her husband Brian have spent many years walking and climbing.View Articles and Books by Aileen Evans
Brian Evans, one of the UK's leading climbers in the 1960s and 70s, has brought his wealth of mountain experience to this guide. He and his wife are well-known figures in the outdoor community and have provided walkers with a number of exceptional guides to exploring the countryside, particularly the English Lakes, on foot. Brian is a member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild. Brian was a founder of Cicerone Press and is the authority on scrambling in the Lake District.View Guidebooks by Brian Evans
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