The Southern Fells
Lakeland Fellranger guidebook covering 23 summits in the Southern Fells of the Lake District, with a wide range of ascents. Great fell days are to be had here, between Wrynose and Hardknott passes, Black Combe in the south and Muncaster in the west, with fells including Coniston Old Man, Wetherlam and Stickle Pike.
SeasonsSuitable all-year round walks. Winter walking, even on the lower fells of the Lakes, is not for the inexperienced or under-equipped.
CentresGreat Langdale, Ambleside, Borrowdale, Keswick, Wasdale Head
DifficultyStraightforward, short ascents, often not on clear paths, to be used as a basis for readers' own walks. Navigational skills needed but no specialist equipment. Any scrambling is easy and non-scrambling options are always provided.
Must SeeA fresh perspective on classic Lakeland summits like Scafell Pike, Bowfell and the Crinkles, and inspiring introduction to lesser-known fells such as Hard Knott, Rossett Pike and Whin Rigg, with crystal-clear Harvey mapping and the author's detailed elevation diagrams and panoramas.
This Lakeland Fellranger guide to the Southern Fells of the Lake District, caught beneath Wrynose and Hardknott pases, stretching from Coniston to the sea, provide walkers with a wide variety of possibilities. From the fame of Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam - essential climbs for any walker - to the rocky stretches and wooded hillsides of quieter peaks, the Southern Fells are an often-overlooked secret just beyond the crush of the popular Central Lakes.
What sort of walking awaits? This guide includes descriptions and multiple routes up 23 fells, suitable for walkers of all abilities. From the crags of Swirl How, to the open reaches of Hesk Fell and Great Worm Crag, to the southernmost bastion of the Lakes, Black Combe, the Southern Fells await.
The Southern 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 Southern 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.
The Southern 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 Near Eastern Fells and The Far Eastern Fells.
From fireside to fellside
Fix the Fells
1 Black Combe 600m/1970ft
2 Black Fell 322m/1062ft
3 Brim Fell 795m/2608ft
4 Buckbarrow 549m/1801ft
5 Caw 529m/1736ft
6 Coniston Old Man 803m/2635ft
7 Dow Crag 778m/2553ft
8 Great Carrs 788m/2585ft
9 Great Worm Crag 427m/1401ft
10 Green Crag 489m/1604ft
11 Grey Friar 772m/2533ft
12 Harter Fell 653m/2142ft
13 Hesk Fell 476m/1562ft
14 Holme Fell 317m/1040ft
15 Muncaster Fell 231m/758ft
16 Stainton Pike 498m/1634ft
17 Stickle Pike 376m/1234ft
18 Swirl How 804m/2638ft
19 Wallowbarrow Crag 292m/958ft
20 Walna Scar 621m/2037ft
21 Wetherlam 762m/2500ft
22 Whitfell 573m/1880ft
23 Yoadcastle 494m/1621ft
The purpose of this guide is to show the fullest complement of walking routes on each fell. The pressure of boots down the years has taken its toll and ‘official’ advice on your choice of routes has always been strict, limiting route information to the modern variations of traditional paths and thus concentrating walkers on limited routes. In contrast, the Lakeland Fellranger series provides a solid reference to the fullest range of reliable contemporary options, a valuable by-product being to spread the load more widely over the path network.
For ease of reference the 23 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 16, 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 are described to the summit, with optional variations described to their natural point of connection with the more common route. Where a route follows a defined path this is shown 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.
There are many more paths on the fells than are shown on a conventional HARVEY map, and for clarity this guide only shows the paths/routes that are specifically described in a particular chapter. When undertaking these walks, 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. This is a guide not a hard and fast rulebook. The aim is to nurture free spirit and adventure.
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, including some more distant features beyond the national park to intrigue. Being aware of the safest lines of descent is important, and these are also carefully described. No two walkers follow exactly the same route, neither do they explore in the same way, so this guide is necessarily a very personal expression of the potential route structure for this area of fells. Nonetheless it is fundamentally reliable, and for fellwalkers who love to explore, it will provide a rich source of entertaining route-planning ideas.
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‘I have the latest two titles to hand – The Southern Fells and The Mid Western Fells, with his meticulously researched directions, clear beautifully coloured accurate maps, sketches and lovely photographs.
These are lovely guide books, with a high quality of ‘finish’ which I have personally found can be trusted both in the UK and abroad to give safe directions with interesting texts, allowing you to enjoy the countryside through which you are walking.’
(Keswick Reminder, April 2009)
'The result is an attractive and useful pocket-sized guide. Fans will be eagerly awaiting the remaining four planned to complete the set.'
(Cumbria, June 2009)
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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
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