The Far Eastern Fells
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Lakeland Fellranger walking guide covering 33 summits in the Far Eastern Fells of the Lake District, with a wide range of ascents. Great fell days are to be had here on the lesser-walked fells between the Kirkstone Pass and the A6. With clear Harvey map extracts and the author's original topos and panoramas.
Seasonsyear-round pleasurable heights, but with some long, lonely approaches, particularly from the east requiring daylight and contingency planning
CentresTroutbeck, Ambleside, Kentmere, Shap, Bampton, Askham, Pooley Bridge (with the Ullswater Steamer connection to Glenridding), Patterdale
DifficultyStraightforward, short ascents, often not on clear paths, to be used as a basis for readers' own circuits. Navigational skills needed but no specialist equipment. Any scrambling is easy and non-scrambling options are always provided.
Must SeeHallin Fell for new recruits, Place Fell and the low-level path from Howtown via Sandwick to Patterdale, High Street via Rough Crag, Angletarn Pikes, The Forces in Swindale Head, Castle Crag ridge above Kentmere and Rainsborrow Crag, Ill Bell, Nan Bield Pass, Wren Gill and Wansfell Pike
The Far Eastern Fells of the Lake District rise beyond the crush of the central Lakes, from Ullswater and Penrith in the north, down to the east of Ambleside and the moorland of Shap. 33 fells are described in this guide, with route variations ensuring that there's potential for walkers of any and all abilities, so the Far Eastern Fells may be enjoyed to their full.
What sort of walking awaits? Long sweeps of grassy ridges on High Street and Grey Crag. Small, rugged peaks around Ullswater and Wansfell outside Ambleside. Craggy fells in heather and scree with waterfalls tumbling over the hillsides up the remote valleys of Kentdale, Martindale and Patterdale. Caudale Moor, Hartsop Dodd, Ill Bell and Yoke may not have the fame of other Lakeland peaks, but walking their rugged hillsides can be unforgettable.
The Far Eastern Fells is part of the eight-volume Lakeland Fellranger series by Mark Richards. Fellrangers mix the perfect balance of inspiration and information as they provide a comprehensive guide to the fells of the English Lake District. In every book, a dedicated chapter covers each fell, with a variety of routes, both time-honoured and undiscovered depicted on Harvey maps. The author's own topos and summit panoramas, not to mention breathtaking photography, enhance the reader's journey, and make sure that any trip to the Far Eastern Fells with a Fellranger in hand is one to remember.
- A waterproof PVC cover and ribbon bookmark make this Lakeland Fellranger guide a handy companion in the hills.
- Every route is illustrated with HARVEY maps, colour photographs, fellscape diagrams and panorama guides.
- A walk and a fell for everyone - with alternative routes, height distance and timing information to tailor-make your ranging.
- Mark up your fells after a day's walk in the fell checklist to chronicle your adventures in the Lakes
The Far Eastern Fells is just one guide of the eight-part Lakeland Fellranger series, covering a total of 227 fells. Where will you go next? To explore the Lakeland fells in full, check out the other guides on Cicerone's website: The North-Western Fells, The Northern Fells, The Mid-Western Fells, The Western Fells, The Central Fells, The Southern Fells and The Near Eastern Fells.
From Fireside to Fellside
Fix the Fells
1 Angletarn Pikes (567m/1860ft)
2 Arthur's Pike 533m/1749ft)
3 Beda Fell (509m/1670ft)
4 Bonscale Pike (529m/1736ft)
5 Branstree (713m/2339ft)
6 Brock Crags (561m/1841ft)
7 Caudale Moor (764m/2507ft)
8 Froswick (720m/2362ft)
9 Gray Crag (697m/2287ft)
10 Grey Crag (638m/2093ft)
11 Hallin Fell (388m/1273ft)
12 Harter Fell (778m/2553ft)
13 Hartsop Dodd (618m/2028ft)
14 High Raise (802m/2631ft)
15 High Street (828m/2717ft)
16 Ill Bell (757m/2484ft)
17 Kentmere Pike (730m/2395ft)
18 Kidsty Pike (780m/2559ft)
19 Loadpot Hill (671m/2201ft)
20 Mardale Ill Bell (761m/2497ft)
21 Place Fell (657m/2155ft)
22 Rampsgill Head (792m/2598ft)
23 Rest Dodd (697m/2287ft)
24 Sallows (516m/1693ft)
25 Selside Pike (655m/2149ft)
26 Shipman Knotts (587m/1926ft)
27 Steel Knotts (433m/1421ft)
28 Tarn Crag (664m/2179ft)
29 Thornthwaite Crag (784m/2572ft)
30 Troutbeck Tongue (363m/1191ft)
31 Wansfell (489m/1604ft)
32 Wether Hill (673m/2208ft)
33 Yoke (706m/2316ft)
For ease of reference the 33 fell chapters are arranged in alphabetical order. Each chapter begins with a customised HARVEY map that illustrates the routes of ascent described in the guide, and shows ridge connections to neighbouring fells to assist in the planning of extended walks. The corresponding text describes routes up the fell from given valley starting points, identified on the map by a number (shown in a blue box). The starting points are listed in the ‘Starting Points’ table on page 18, and are also given in blue (in brackets) after the ascent route headings in the walks. In many instances there is also a diagram that shows the routes from a given perspective to assist visualisation.
The primary routes to the summit are described, with optional variations given, up to their natural point of connection with the more common route. Where a route follows a defined path this is shown on the map and diagram in red dashes, and where the recommended route follows an intermittent path (or there is no path on the ground at all) this is shown in green dashes. Where a route follows a road it is not picked out by dashed lines. Being aware of the safest lines of descent is important, and advice is given on these for nearly all fells. There are far more paths on the fells than are shown on a conventional HARVEY map, and for clarity this guide only shows the paths and routes that are described here.
As a good guide should also be a revelation, a full panorama is provided for each fell summit or better nearby viewpoint. This names the principal fells and picks out key features in their midst, with some more distant features beyond the national park to intrigue. When undertaking the walks in the guide, you are advised to take a map and compass with you (and know how to use them). The map can enhance your day by showing additional landscape features and setting your walk in its wider context, as well as being useful for your own safety. And remember that representation of a route in this guide, in whatever form, does not imply safe passage for all, at any time. The onus is on each individual to weigh up their own capabilities and the prevailing conditions. In fellwalking, as in any mountain travel, knowing when to retreat is often the greater part of valour. The author has taken care to follow time-honoured routes and has kept within bounds of access, yet cannot guarantee rights of way in all cases.
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pg.77 routes 3 and 4 from Caudale Bridge to Caudale Moor the numbers on the map have been marked up incorrectly they need to be switched round to match the text.
Route 4 Up Angletarn Pikes page 24
I had duplicated the latter part of the ascent of Brock Crag to the final part of route 4 up Angletarn Pikes in error. So the latter should read (bold the new text):
Alternatively, you may opt for a more casual start, avoiding early ascent, by following the approach road back towards the main valley road, to turn right 50m short at a white house ‘Langton Adventure Centre’ along the by-road signed ‘Hartsop Fold’. After the chalet park this becomes a confined path leading to a gate, ford and footbridge spanning Angletarn Beck.Bear up right on the north bank to meet a fording lateral path. The ascent is obvious though there are moments when a steady step is needed working up the rocky flank accompanying a sequence of lovely cascades. Fall Crag eventually intervenes and you are obligued to ford and progress with wall close left. Views towards Brothers Water give rise to many a backward glance. Keep company with the beck as the tarn comes into view bear up left (north-west) to cross the popular ridge path working round the right side of the east peak skirting pathless, though not necessarily breathless, round the marshy hollow to mount the sentinel summit.
"I would never advocate anyone to go out walking in the Lake District without a map – but if my map was taken away from me, I’d want this book instead"
Many walking guide books only really work when you are using them on the fell – this works as well when you’re sitting at home using it to plan your next journey. And that’s rare. To highlight this is the inclusion of a fabric page marker – you don’t get that in a standard walking guide book. This is a book intended to be read.
Read the full review here on the Walks Around Britain blog.
Andrew White, Walks Around Britain, November 2013
'The author’s energy and passion come through in the text along with his knowledge of the fells and their history, with interesting insights. Perhaps most strikingly however, there are a series of four hand drawn panoramas of the views from the summit of each fell covered in the book, showing the shape and names of all the surrounding fells. This must have been a painstaking task but it adds real value, especially for those less familiar with the fells.
...I am a fan of the Wainwright guides and probably always will be but the time was and is right for another set of guides that are fresher and can appeal to a whole new audience. This Fellranger set, culminating with the Far Eastern Fells, in my view is just that and could easily last us the next fifty years.'
Read the full review on Tanya's blog.
Tanya Oliver, June 2013
'There must be thousands of walkers who have been guided safely across the fells by Mark Richards in this Fellranger series, and along with all of them I would ike to thank him for his contributin to fell walking.'
Joyce Wilson, The Keswick Reminder, 28th June 2013
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In 1980 Mark Richards began his three-part guide to the Peak District for Cicerone Press, and in 1987, with Chris Wright, wrote a guide to walking around the former county of Westmorland. He now lives in Cumbria and, after 14 years' dedicated research, has completed his series of Lakeland Fellranger guides covering the entire region. He has also written a guide to Hadrian's Wall.View Articles and Books by Mark Richards