Walking the Lake District Fells - Patterdale
Helvellyn, Fairfield and the East
Mark Richards' Walking the Lake District Fells series is a unique collection of eight guidebooks with all the routes to the summits of 230 Lakeland fells. This guide explores 35 summits from the Patterdale area. Ideal for keen hikers, it offers route descriptions, maps and hand-drawn topos to customise adventures.
SeasonsYear-round walking. Winter walks, even on the lower fells, are not for the inexperienced or under-equipped.
CentresPatterdale, Hartsop, Ambleside, Rydal, Grasmere, Thirlmere, Threlkeld, Dockray, Glenridding
DifficultyStraightforward ascents on sometimes clear, sometimes faint paths, and occasionally pathless terrain, to be used as a basis for readers' own walks. Navigational skills are needed but no specialist equipment. Any scrambling is easy and non-scrambling alternatives are always provided.
Must SeeA fresh perspective on classic summits in the Lakes including Helvellyn, Fairfield, Catstycam, Dollywaggon Pike, St Sunday Crag and Red Screes, and an inspiring introduction to lesser-known Lakeland fells such as Sheffield Pike and Clough Head; superlative ridge walking including the iconic Fairfield Horseshoe
Ready for adventure in the Lake District Fells? Cicerone’s Walking the Lake District Fells guides are your ultimate fell-by-fell companions. A series of eight guidebooks, one for each of the main valley bases, cover ALL the routes up ALL the fells in each area – that’s 230 fells in total.
This guidebook covers 35 Lakeland summits that can be climbed from Patterdale, Ambleside and the Grasmere, Thirlmere and Ullswater valleys. The area is characterised by lofty ridges, with highlights including Helvellyn, Fairfield, St Sunday Crag and Red Screes, plus a handful of classic ridge routes for longer fell days.
Those with some previous hiking experience will find all the info needed to climb the fells with confidence, plus a fresh perspective on both classic and lesser-known fells. Keen summit-baggers can use our tick lists to tick off the fells as they go.
What sets these guidebooks apart from the rest?
- Complete coverage – every route covered, not just the main one.
- Devise your own routes – a variety of ascents, descents, and ridge routes, so you can choose to climb one fell or combine routes to craft your own adventure.
- Up-to-date route information – complete route description and HARVEY mapping for each fell.
- Hand-drawn topos and panoramas – easily see the routes up each fell and views from the top.
- Fell-friendly routes – designed to minimise environmental impact.
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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 author profile
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