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Easy routes

Above St John's Vale - Easy
This is a walk up and along a ridge to High Rigg. There are views around the local countryside and to the lakes and hills beyond. Returning is a pleasant woodland walk along the St John's Beck.
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Around Howton - Easy 
This is a combination of two short circular walks starting from St Peter’s Church Martindale and taking in Hallin Fell and Steel Knotts.  Both provide splendid views and interesting summits – a fine summit cairn on Hallin Fell and on Steel Knotts an intriguing jumble of rocks called Pikeawassa.  The route mostly follows well defined paths, although less distinct on Steel Knotts.

Barrow - Easy
This fine little hill makes a superb walk to absorb the character of Coledale giving superb all round views and a flavour of its higher neighbours.  The return route passes one of the finest lakeland Inns - the Coledale - for a deserved pint.
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Binsey - Easy
This hill is detached and solitary in the north west corner of the Lakeland landscape. It offers a gentle stroll uphill on easy slopes that are longer than appearances might suggest. The summit is a good vantage point for viewing the Northern Fells. Return along the same route.
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Buckbarrow - Easy
This is a short climb with exquisite views over Wastewater and to the screes on the other side.  The ascent starts on the road near Harrowhead up a path by the side of Gill Beck.  As the slope eases walk over the grass to the right to the summit.  The return is by the same route.
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Castle Crag - Easy
The lowest of all the Wainwrights, this prominent crag admist the iconic Borrowdale is a short rocky ascent from Grange and a fine viewpoint.
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Cat Bells - Easy
An easy walk in the northern fells. The starting point is Howse End and takes in one Wainwright; Cat Bells. 
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Fleetwith Pike - Easy
A three mile walk from Honister pass to Fleetwith Pike.  The route ascends on a path that Alfred Wainwright said “is the straightest mile in Lakeland” – it is a dismantled tramway used for the mines.  Fleetwith Pike is reached from the fell above Dubs Quarry. The return is along Honister Crag. The walk offers more views than you can shake you stick at; or a pipe in Wainwright’s case.
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Graystones - Easy
This quiet corner of Lakeland has grassy hills and fine views.  Starting at Scawgill Bridge the route takes a direct line via the edge of the forest plantation to the summit of Graystones.  On the descent pay a visit to Spout Force waterfall.
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Latrigg From Keswick - Easy
NE of Keswick, Latrigg is according to Alfred Wainwright, a small hill, an excellent viewpoint and a great favourite with local people. It is parkland in character not a rough fell. Take your lunch with you on this easy walk and enjoy the setting.
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Look Down On Ullswater - Easy
This is a gentle walk up a single Wainwright, Gowbarrow Fell, with excellent views to both ends of Ullswater.
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Loughrigg - Easy
One of the easiest Wainwrights to access but nevertheless a rewarding climb. There are many different ways to climb Loughrigg Fell with varying lengths but our recommended route climbs from White Moss car park up on to Loughrigg Terrace.
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North East Of Glenridding - Easy
Starting and finishing at Glenridding the walk starts through the higher part of the village, including the miners cottages. By ascending the two Wainwrights, Sheffield Pike and Glenridding Dodd there are views of the full length of Ullswater.
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North West From Grasmere - Easy
This route starts and finishes in Grasmere. The first Wainwright, Helm Crag is one of the Classic Lakeland fells with the Lion and lamb rocks at the summit. A short walk along a wide ridge takes you to the second Wainwright, Gibson Knott. Both summits have views in all directions of the central lakes region.
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Out On Ullswater - Easy
A popular short circular walk from Martindale Hause to the top of Hallin Fell on easy well defined paths.  The ascent is rewarded by an impressive summit cairn and fine views around Ullswater.  Park at the Hause (pass) or at St Peter’s Church opposite.
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Rannerdale - Easy
This walk takes in one of the hidden gems of Lakeland in late spring – the Rannerdale Bluebells.  Starting at the Rannerdale carpark (limited spaces) taking an easy rising route to a col with fine views over Buttermere visiting the summit of Rannerdale Knotts via Low Bank.  A steep descent returns to the start.
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Raven Crag - Easy
This is a short and easy walk up one of the lower Wainwrights, Raven Crag. The walk starts and finishes at a car park at the north west corner of Thirlmere. The best views from the summit are north towards Blencathra and east up the Helvellyn range.
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Rosthwaite - Easy
A short and straightforward 4.5km walk up to Rosthwaite Fell. The fell has a number of summits but the Wainwright is Bessyboot, which is not the highest point and not the point marked as Rosthwaite Fell on the OS map.
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Silver How - Easy
This is a short walk staring and finishing in Grasmere over one Wainwright, Silver How. There are views of Grasmere and Rydal Water and the Central Lakeland fells.
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South Of Patterdale - Easy
Starting and finishing at Patterdale this is a  pleasant walk with views along Grisedale and right towards Helvellyn. A steepish climb brings you to Birks the first Wainwright. Heading down to the second Wainwright Arnison Crag there are splendid views of Ullswater.
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Souther Fell - Easy
The fell takes the form of a long ridge extending in a SW direction from the northern extremities of the Lakeland fells at the village of Mungrisedale. This pleasant climb is simple and straightforward. The Mill Inn in the village awaits your return. 
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The Dodd - Easy
This is a popular walk from Keswick. The gradients are easy throughout and despite being covered with growing timber, there are splendid views overlooking Keswick and Derwent Water. Take some lunch and enjoy the setting.
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The Great Mell - Easy
A gentle walk up one of the lower Wainwrights, Great Mell Fell. The walk goes up through woods brings you to a rounded summit with views of the north eastern Lakes hills and across to the Pennines.
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Troutbeck Park - Easy
A straightforward walk up Trout Beck along Ing Lane, past Troutbeck Park  House to ascend The Tongue (364m). Keeping to the right past Troutbeck Park , a narrow path climbs steeply up through bracken to the summit ridge and a small cairn.  Return by the same route.
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Walla Crag From Keswick - Easy
This is a pleasant walk starting and finishing in Keswick. Walla Crag is the only Wainwright. There are great views from the top over Derwentwater, Keswick, Bassenthwaite and the surrounding hills. The summit is the place to have your lunch.
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Whinlatter - Easy
Starting at the Whinlatter Visitor Centre this short walk starts with a zig zag on the forest road before accessing the open fellside via a stile to find a faint path to the summit of Whinlatter. 
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Wythop Area - Easy
This walk takes in two neighbouring hills – Sale Fell and Ling Fell - either side of the hamlet of Eskin, making use of tracks to access the open fellside.
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Moderate routes

Around Lords Seat - Moderate
This walk has a steep start before accessing gentle grassy slopes from Barf and on to Lord’s Seat and Broom Fell.  Look out for the white painted Bishop of Barf. There is free parking to access from Powter How near the Swan Hotel, Thornthwaite.
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Bakestall - Moderate
This Wainwright is the high point of a platform on the northern flank of Skiddaw and is part of its northern approaches. There are stunning views of Dash Falls and the group of mountain peaks known as 'back of Skiddaw'. A place to avoid the crowds.
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Base Brown - Moderate
A short but steep ascent of Base Brown from Seathwaite via Sourmilk Gill. The distance there and back is 4.8km with 530m of ascent. Enjoy the waterfall at Sourmilk Gill whilst you take a breather on the way up.  The return takes a gentler descent south west off the summit to meet the Great Gable path and back to Seathwaite via Gillercombe and then Sourmilk Gill.
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Beda - Moderate
This is a popular little walk starting from St Martin’s Church, Martindale (aka the old church).  The route follows the road across the river towards Beda Fell and an ascending path on the right is soon encountered.  This climbs up to the ridge line and heading south up the ridge, past Winter Crags, the path steepens and goes over a couple of rock steps/gullies before the summit cairn is reached.  Return by the same route.
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Blencathra - Moderate
According to Wainwright, Blencathra is one of the grandest objects in the Lake district. Viewed from the east it's distinctive saddle shape is seen. The route to the top from Scales on the A66 is perhaps the most popular. All routes permit a view 'sharp edge'  one of Lakeland's most celebrated tests only suitable for the most accomplished walkers.
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Dovedale Beck Circuit - Moderate
A good walk covering three Wainwrights by a circular route starting near Brotherswater. The Wainwrights are Hartsop above Howe, Little Hart Crag and High Hartsop Dodd. There are good views down to valley to Ullswater.
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Grange Fell - Moderate
This walk is a linear walk from Rosthwaite to a single Wainwright, Grange Fell and back. The best views being to Skiddaw and Blencathra looking north from the summit.
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Hope Gill Head - Moderate
Starting and finishing at Langthwaite near Crummock Water this walk visits the summits of Whiteside and Hopegill Head via a fine ridgewalk before descending to Coledale Head and descending via the secluded valley of the Liza Beck.
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Kentmere Park - Moderate
This route ascends two Wainrights: Sour Howes and Sallows.  They lie at the top of Applethwaite Common and Kentmere Park and offer fine views of the surrounding fells.  A circular walk may be achieved by descending to Garburn Pass from Sallows and returning diagonally to Troutbeck at a lower level.
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Lingmoor - Moderate
The 7km walk from Elterwater village provides a decent walk with a modest climb up to Lingmoor Fell. Although the summit is a relatively modest height of 469m the hill stands apart from surrounding fells and therefore there are excellent views from the top.
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Mellbreak - Moderate
The route ascends Mellbreak from Loweswater village, continues over the two tops to return via Scale Beck and alongside Crummock Water.  The distance is 6 miles with 400m of climbing.  A shorter alternative is to return from the top the way you came up.
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North West Outliers - Moderate
This moderate walk is in the north western fells. The starting point is Thackthwaite and takes in two Wainwrights; Low Fell and Fellbarrow.
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North West From Kirkstone Pass - Moderate
The walk starts at the Kirkstone Inn at the top of Kirkstone Pass. This is a place to park and a comfortable place to finish. There is a steep ascent to first Wainwright, Red Screes. From here there are splendid views of the southern Lake District and if clear down the Lancashire coastline and across to the Yorkshire hills. The second Wainwright, Middle Dodd, is a pleasant slightly downhill walk.
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Part Of Coledale - Moderate
This walk starts from a carpark just outside Braithwaite and climbs steeply immediately taking a direct line towards Grisedale Pike summit, narrowing to  some gentle scrambling on the final rocky cone.  The summit has fine views in all directions. Return the same way.
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Place Fell - Moderate
From Patterdale a minor road is followed to Rooking where a well-made path with easy gradient is followed towards Boredale Hause (pass) where there is an old ruined chapel.  From here the path is followed up the south ridge.  The new path is well constructed to prevent erosion and the steeper sections are stepped. Round How is passed and towards the top the path becomes rockier reaching the summit cairn trig point.  Return by the same route.
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South East Of Wastwater - Moderate
A 10.4km walk which rises steeply from the bottom of the Wastwater valley up to a ridge with two Wainwrights – Whin Rigg and Illgill Head and excellent views of the lake.
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Stone Arthur - Moderate
This is a short walk but reasonably steep. There are great views of the central Lakes area. Stone Arthur is unique as a Wainwright as it is a rocky knoll on the slopes up to Great Rigg not a defined peak. Waterfalls can be seen and the walk passes old workings.
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The Nab - Moderate
This straightforward route from Dale Head crosses Bannerdale Beck (utilising the track that heads towards The Bungalow) and then ascends the north ridge of the Nab over Nab End to the small summit cairn.  The final part of this ascent is quite steep. Return by the same route.
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Towards The Gables - Moderate
This moderate walk is in the north western fells. The starting point is Honister Pass and takes in two Wainwrights; Grey Knotts and Brandreth.
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Up From Hartsop - Moderate
This is a short walk from Hartsop Village near Brotherswater. The climb is reasonably steep up to the summit of Hartsop Dodd, the only Wainwright on this walk. There are views down the valley to Ullswater and across to the Helvellyn fells.
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Up Red Acre Gill - Moderate
A 9.1km walk up Red Acre Gill from the Langdale valley to climb two Wainwrights -  Pike o’ Blisco and Cold Pike. Pike o’ Blisco is one of the few fells in the Lakes that can be seen from the valley below and as a result provides excellent vies from the summit.
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Wansfell - Moderate
A pleasant walk up from Ambleside past Stockghyll Force, a large waterfall, to the two peaks of Wansfell.  The walk offers great views of Ambleside and the Coniston Fells and includes a nice little undulating ridge walk between Wansfell Pike and the slightly higher Baystones (the peak regarded by Wainright simply as Wansfell).
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Watendlath - Moderate
Starting and finishing in the lovely hamlet of Watendlath this walks ascends two Wainwrights, High Tove and Armboth Fell. From the summits there are views across the Central Lakeland fells.
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Yewbarrow - Moderate
A direct ascent of Yewbarrow from the small National Trust carpark at Overbeck Bridge, the distance is 4km there and back with 558m of ascent.  The lower part of the ascent is up a grass slope steepening in to a gully to the left of Bell Rib, which is best avoided as it would need some exposed scrambling.  The gully regains the ridge at the cleft of Great Door. The view through the portal of Great Door to Scafell and Slight Side for many is the highlight of this walk.  The return is by the same route.
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Difficult routes

Angle Tarn - Difficult
A good day out in the Angle Tarn area, this circular walk includes four Wainrights: Angletarn Pikes, Brock Crags, Rest Dodd and The Knott.  From Patterdale a minor road is followed to Rooking where a well made path with easy gradient heads towards Boredale Hause (pass) where there is an old ruined chapel.  From here the path heads SSE up to Angletarn Pikes and down to the Tarn itself.  After a slight deviation to Brock Crags, Rest Dodd and the Knott are reached after a bit of up and down.   Descend via Hayeswater Gill towards Hartsop and the follow the path on the east side of the river back to Patteradale.

Around Rosthwaite - Difficult
This walks has three Wainwright peaks, Castle Crag, Great Crag and Grange Fell and you see three lovely villages, Grange, Rosthwaite and Stonethwaite. There are great views down to Derwentwater and beyond.
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Ashness Circuit - Difficult
This starts and finishes at the most famous bridge in the Lake District, Ashness Bridge. This is a circular walk over 4 Wainwrights, Bleaberry Fell, High Seat, High Tove and Armboth Fell. On the return you pass through the lovely hamlet of Watendlath. The final part follows a river then woodland with some special views looking down on Derwentwater.
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Bow Fell - Difficult
A 14.2km walk climbing three Wainwrights – Rossett Pike, Esk Pike and Bow Fell and is at the heart of the Lakes. Bow Fell itself is a pyramid shaped mountain and is one of Wainwright’s favourite half-dozen climbs.
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Cat Bells And Up - Difficult
Starting near Hawse End, with an optional ferry access, this fine walk starts with the popular ascent of Catbells before following the ever ascending grassy ridge to the summits of Maiden Moor and High Spy before descending into Borrowdale to follow the Allerdale Ramble and Cumbria Way paths northwards back to the start.
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Coledale Horseshoe - Difficult
A classic Lakeland horseshoe walk from Braithwaite, this walk climbs steeply to Grisedale Pike then follows the grassy ridge to Coledale Hause (it is almost as easy and much more rewarding to add the extra Wainwright of Hopegill Head rather than take the direct line) before climbing again to Crag Hill on the other side of the horseshoe. The return route picks up Sail, Outerside and Barrow on route to Braithwaite.
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Crinkle Crag - Difficult
An excellent 12km walk encompassing the three Wainwrights around the head of Oxandale – Pike o’ Blisco, Cold Pike and Crinkle Crag. Pike o’ Blisco’s relative isolation gives excellent views from its summit.
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Dow Crag From Walna Scar - Difficult
A 13.8km walk from the centre of Coniston village offering the opportunity to climb the two furthest south of the Wainwrights – Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man. 
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Easedale - Difficult
This walk goes up 4 Wainwrights, Silver How, Blea Rigg, Sergeant Man and Tarn Crag in a circular walk from Grasmere village going right round Easedale Tarn. You will enjoy the views in all directions during the walk.
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East From Grasmere - Difficult
A circular walk from Grasmere ascending three Wainwrights, which are on the west side of the Fairfield Horseshoe. The Wainwrights are Stone Arthur, Great Rigg and Heron Pike. Initially there are views across Grasmere to the Langdales then down Windermere.
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East Kentmere - Difficult
This walk covers what is effectively the eastern half of the Kentmere Horseshoe. Three Wainrights are ascended:      Shipman Knotts, Kentmere Pike and Harter Fell.  From Kentmere the route heads in a roughly north easterly direction and after reaching Shipman Knotts, the ridge is followed north over Kentmere Pike and thence to Harter Fell. Returning by the same route to Kentmere Pike you may then descend in a diagonal via Withered Howe to Hallow Bank avoiding Shipman Knotts.
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Eskdale Medley - Difficult
A 14.4km walk starting at the top of the Hardknott Pass, so there is a relatively small amount of ascent to climb three Wainwrights – Hard Knott, Harter Fell and Green Crag. The summit of Hard Knott provides excellent views of the fells to the north including Scafell Pike, whilst the top of Harter Fell offers good views to the south.
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Harter Fell Via Gatesgarth - Difficult
This difficult walk is in the far eastern fells. The starting point is Mardale Head and takes in one Wainwright; Harter Fell (Kentmere).
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Langdale Fells- Difficult
This is one of the most popular walks in the Lake District. It is not a long walk but there are 5 rugged peaks to ascend with rocky paths and some steep paths. The Wainwrights are Loft Crag, Pike O'Stickle, Thunacar Knott, Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle. The views are spectacular.
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Mell Fell Medley - Difficult
This is a country type walk mainly through farmland and up three of the lower Wainwrights, Great Mell Fell, Little Mell Fell and Gowbarrow in the north eastern part of the Lake District. On a clear day you will see the Pennines.
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Skelwith Round - Difficult
A 12.25km walk over two of the smaller Wainwrights – Black Fell and Holme Fell. Modest though they may be the fact that they stand alone means that they both provide some excellent views of the surrounding fells and valleys.
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Skiddaw From The South- Difficult
This walk includes three Wainwrights: Lonscale Fell, Little Man and Skiddaw. The latter being the highest summit in the Northern Fells and a giant in the Lake District. Those climbing Skiddaw for the first time should feel a great sense of achievement, heightened in the final moments by a scramble over slates.
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South Of Crummock Water - Difficult
The route takes in the three Wainwrights between Ennerdale and Buttermere – Red Pike, Starling Dodd and Great Borne.  Starting at Buttermere there is a steep climb up Sourmilk Gill to Red Pike.  Once on top there are extensive views as you walk to Starling Dodd and Great Bourne.  Descend to return on the bridleway between Ennerdale and Buttermere, a distance of 14km with some 730m of ascent.
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South Of Loweswater - Difficult
This 13km walk takes in four of the Loweswater fells south of the lake with changing views from each hill.  The fells are separated by valleys and cols which amount to a total ascent of 665m.  Starting from a car park at Maggies Bridge the route goes through the village of Loweswater  to ascend tracks and grassy paths on to the open fell of Hen Comb.  On the way a crossing of Mosedale Beck may prove awkward in heavy rain.  There is a steep descent from Hen Comb to cross a boggy area followed by a steep ascent of Gavel Fell.  The next fells of Blake Fell and Burnbank Fell involve a lesser degree of height loss and gain.  From Burbank Fell the car park is regained after a descent to Loweswater.
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Swindale Round - Difficult
A reasonably challenging day out in one of the Eastern Fell’s more remote areas.  It includes  four Wainrights: Selside Pike, Branstree, Tarn Crag, and Grey Crag and involves some fairly wet and rough ground.  Normally tackled in an anti-clockwise direction, the route is about 18km long and involves 730m of ascent.  It also allows the opportunity to travel part of the Old Corpse Road and to visit Mosedale Force a small series of impressive cascades.
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The Pikes - Difficult
This route starting finishing at Ambleside ascends the first 2 Wainwrights, Low Pike and High Pike on the east side of the Fairfield Horseshoe and returns down Scandale Beck. There are views down the length of Lake Windermere from the peaks.
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Troutbeck Medley - Difficult
An energetic route involving over 950m of ascent and around 18km of walking.  A circular walk to the north of Troutbeck it includes the peaks of Sour Howes, Sallows, Troutback Tongue and Wansfell and offers fine views in many directions.  Mostly on reasonable paths with no technical difficulties.
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Uldale Fells - Difficult
This walk includes 5 Wainwrights: Longlands Fell, Brae Fell, Great Sca Fell, Meal Fell and Great Cockup. The walking is generally easy and enjoyable. The open aspect of these fells allows the walker to see over relatively long distances and choose routes according to the terrain. This is a fells runners paradise.
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West Kentmere - Difficult
This circular walk takes in the three Wainrights Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick before returning by the old Roman road High street down towards Troutbeck Park.  Starting from Limefitt on the edge of Troutbeck  the route heads towards Garburn, turning north to Yoke just short of the pass.  The ridge is then followed along to Froswick.  Continuing to the north the High Street path is then joined and followed down past Troutbeck Park to the starting point.
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West Of Skiddaw - Difficult
This route west of Skiddaw includes three 3 Wainwrights, Carlside, Longside and Ullock Pike. A steep climb from Millbeck reaches a grassy mound that is Carlside. From there the route follows Longside edge to Ullock Pike with the prospect of many rewarding views.
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Wetherlam Round - Difficult
A 14km walk from Fell Foot Bridge in Little Langdale with four Wainwrights – Wetherlam, Swirl How, Grey friar and Great Carrs. Wetherlam has in the past been exploited on a small scale for its mineral resources but as Wainwright says "this fine hill... is too vast and sturdy to be disfigured and weakened by man's feeble scratchings of its surface".
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Strenuous routes

Above Buttermere - Strenuous
Starting at Buttermere this route takes in five Wainwrights – Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag, Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike.  Red Pike is reached by a stony bridleway angling up the hillside away from Sourmilk Gill to Bleaberry Tarn.  There follows a magnificent ridge walk on to High Stile andHaystacks before contouring round below Grey Knotts to Fleetwith Pike.  The walk is finished with a steep descent to Buttermere and a stroll along the lakeside with views of the ridge just completed.  The ridge walk involves a fair amount of ascent and descent giving a total ascent of 1100m and a distance of 15km.
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Back Of Blencathra - Strenuous
A hugely rewarding long walk in the little-walked region behind Blencathra. It includes 4 Wainwrights: Carrock Fell, High Pike, Knott and Great Calva. This walk offers a mixture of steep climbs, peaty moor, deep ravines and a stone seat on High Pike. Observe the Gabbro Boulder slopes in the last 2 miles of Tarmac road. This walk is an opportunity to practice contour reading.
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Blencathra Group - Strenuous
This formidable challenge includes 5 Wainwrights, Souther Fell, Blencathra, Mungrisdale Common, Bannerdale Crags and Bowscale Fell. It starts and ends at Mungrisdale village and includes the option of a scramble up 'Sharp Edge'. Sharp Edge is dangerous under ice or snow and also in high winds and when rock is slippery. Only experienced walkers should use this route. The rewards of this walk are considerable with views over much of the Northern Fells.
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Dalehead Loop - Strenuous

Starting at the hamlet of Littletown in the Newlands valley, this walk uses the long rising ridge to access the summits of Hindscarth and then Dalehead before descending steeply then climbing again to High Spy, Maiden Moor and into the valley back to Littletown.

     
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East Martindale Fells - Strenuous
This strenuous undertaking involves over 1200m of ascent, and 22.4km of walking.  10 Wainrights are ascended: Bonscale Pike, Arthur’s Pike, Loadpot Hill, Wether Hill, High Raise, Kidsty Pike, Rampsgill Head, The Knott, Rest Dodd and the Nab.  This circular walk is normally followed in a clock-wise direction.  If walking during the stalking season the Nab may be avoided by descending via Heck Fell to Dale Head.
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Elterwater Excursion - Strenuous
A 19.2km walk from Elterwater village including three lesser known Wainwrights – Black Fell, Holme Fell and Lingmoor Fell. Although relatively modest in height these three provide some excellent views of both valleys and the their more famous neighbour mountains.
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Fairfield Horseshoe - Strenuous
This one of the Lake District's classic horseshoe walks. It takes in 9 Wainwrights, Nab Scar, Heron Pike, Stone Arthur, Great Rigg, then onto the top of Fairfield. It returns down Hart Crag, Dove Crag, High Pike and Low Pike. The walk starts and finishes at Rydal Mount. There are great views from the peaks.
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Grasmoor Round - Strenuous
The highest of the North Western Fells, Grasmoor is accessed on this walk via its most impressive southern aspect.  Starting at Rannerdale Bridge the walk includes Rannerdale Knotts, Whiteless Pike, Wandope and then Grasmoor’s extensive and often windswept summit plateau. Return to Rannerdale via Lad Hows, looking out for the amazing show of bluebells in late spring.
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Great End Circuit - Strenuous
A big and high 16km walk around the head of the valley beyond Seathwaite, with four Wainwrights – Seathwaite Fell, Great End, Allen Crags and Glaramara. In Wainwright’s view “this is the true Lakeland of the fellwalker, the sort of terrain that calls him back time after time, the sort of memory that haunts his long winter exile.”
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Great Gable From Honister - Strenuous
This is an out and back route to bag four  Wainwrights - Grey Knotts, Brandreth, Green Gable and Great Gable with the advantage of an elevated start from Honister Hause.  The route takes a direct path to Grey Knotts and then on to Brandreth over mixed ground of grass and stone.  It continues over Gillercombe Head to Green Gable and via Windy Gap on to Great Gable.  The return can be by retracing one’s steps or by descending NW off great Gable to Beck Head where the path from Kirk Fell is joined and followed to Moses’ Trod, Gillercombe Head and a gradual ascent to Brandreth.  Although the route is just overt just over 8km with some 550m of ascent it crosses exposed high altitude ground and appropriate care should be taken.
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Helvellyn - Strenuous
Starting at Glenridding this is a level walk to Helvellyn going over Striding Edge. All members of the group need to be experienced in high level, rough terrain, ridge walking, particularly when windy. This walk includes 5 Wainwrights, Birkhouse Moor, Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywagon Pike and Seat Sandal. It is an easy route back to Glenridding down Grisedale.
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Helvellyn Via Striding Edge - Strenuous
This is a high level walk to Helvellyn over two of the most difficult ridges, Striding Edge and Swirral Edge. All members of the group need to be experienced in high level, rough terrain, ridge walking, particularly when windy. There are two Wainwrights on this route, Helvellyn and Catstye Cam. This walk goes round Red Tarn. Views to all parts of the Lake District can be seen on a clear day. The walk starts and finishes in Glenridding.
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High Raise - Strenuous
This walks starts and finishes from the long layby on the A591 road south of the Travellers Rest. It ascends 5 Wainwrights, Steel Fell, Calf Crag, High Raise, Gibson Knott and the iconic Helm Crag. It goes round the Greenburn Valley and over Greenup Edge. There are excellent views during the walk especially to the south.
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High Street From Haweswater - Strenuous
A circular walk with stunning views this route includes 5 Wainrights: Kidsty Pike, Rampsgill Head, The Knott, High Street (also known as Racecourse Hill) and Mardale Ill Bell.  13km in length, with 800m of ascent the walk starts at Mardale Head and is usually undertaken in an anti-clockwise direction.  After skirting round the end of Hawseswater Reservoir the route climbs up the eastern flank of Kidsty Pike before continuing round the remaining peaks and descending past Small Water back to the starting point.
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High Tour Of Wastwater - Strenuous
A challenging round of five of the Wainwright fells, (two are in Wainwright’s Southern Fells and three from his Western Fells) on either side of Wastewater is rewarded by magnificent views.  Starting at Woodhow at the south west end of the lake Whin Rigg is the first fell reached after a steep climb.  Thereafter it is a steady high level walk to the second Wainwright, Illgill Head before descending to Wasdale Head.  Some road walking is required to reach Greendale for the ascent of the third Wainwright, Middle Fell up its south west ridge.  Continuing north and north west for the highest point on the walk Seatallan, the fourth Wainwright.  A gradual descent is made to the final Wainwright, Buckbarrow, which is really a rock escarpment but nevertheless affords extensive and airy views to the screes across Wastewater.  The route is completed by a descent to Gill and tracks and paths to Scale Bridge and Woodhow, a total distance of 23km and 1360m of ascent.
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Kirk Fell - Strenuous
This route takes in two Wainwright hills Kirk Fell and Great Gable.  Starting from Wasdale Head the path up Kirk Fell is direct with no respite in gradient but the view is worth the effort with Great Gable dominating the scene.  Continuing to Great Gable via a drop to Beckhead Tarn for more views before descending back in to Wasdale Head the route is a big day out even at only 8km.  Total ascent is some 1100m.
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Kirkstone Dovedale Circuit - Strenuous
This a great circular walk starting and finishing at Kirkstone Inn at the top of Kirkstone Pass. This is good place to finish a walk. There are 7 Wainwrights to be ascended, Red Screes, Middle Dodd, Little Hart Crag, High Hartsop Dodd, Hartsop How. Hartsop Dodd and Caudale Moor. Initially going up Red Screes it the goes down over 4 more Wainwrights to Brotherswater and back over your last two Wainwrights to the Inn. The walk has great views.
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Loweswater Fells- Strenuous
The walk begins with a steep ascent of Mellbreak including a path through section of scree but once the climb is done then there are excellent views of the north western mountains. A steep descent to cross the Mosedale Beck at a footbridge follows and then another steep ascent of Hen Comb before straight down again to the boggy area of Whiteoak Moss. The climb to Gavel Head is easier and here there are widespread views of the coastal plain of Cumbria are seen for the first time. From Gavel Head the walk is a grassy undulating stroll to the summit of Blake Fell before a short down and up again to Burnbank Fell, the fifth and final Wainwright. Yet another steep descent soon follows through Holme Wood to finish at Maggie’s Bridge.  A distance of 14.5km and 1070m of climbing.
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Robinson Loop - Strenuous
This walk is a grand tour of the Newlands valley, based on Littletown.  Ascending Robinson via a long rising ridge the walk descends via White Moss waterfall to the col of Newlands Pass then crosses onto Knott Rigg and Ard Crags.  Following a direct line across the steep ravine of Rigg Beck to Scar Crags then a fine ridge to Causey Pike to descend back to Littletown.
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Scafell - Strenuous
An 11.2km walk climbing up Lingmell Gill to climb two Wainwrights – Scafell and Slight Side. A long but straightforward walk but care needs to be taken on the final climb up to Scafell.
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Scafell Pike - Strenuous
Not a long walk at 8.4km but still a big day out to climb two Wainwrights – Lingmell and Scafell Pike, with over 1,000m of ascent and the opportunity to climb the highest mountain in England.
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Skiddaw From The North - Strenuous
This route includes two Wainwrights, Bakestall and Skiddaw itself. The approach to Skiddaw from the north is the least popular of all routes. The climb to Bakestall is strenuous, but according to Wainwright, the views are of extraordinary interest. Skiddaw is a giant in the Lake District and those climbing it for the first time should feel a great sense of achievement.
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St John's Vale Skyline - Strenuous
This is a circular walk from St John's in the Vale church going over 4 Wainwrights, Clough Head, Great Dodd, Watson's Dodd and Stybarrow Dodd to the north of Helvellyn. The return is via Sticks Pass to St John's in the Vale and over your fifth Wainwright, High Rigg. There are views round the northern half of the Lake District.
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St Sunday Crag - Strenuous
From Glenridding this is a gentle walk in up Grisedale before ascending to Grisedale Tarn. There are then 4 Wainwrights, Seat Sandal, St Sunday Crag, Birks and Arnison Crag on the return to Glenridding. There are great views from each peak.
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West Martindale Fells - Strenuous
This is a strenuous walk in the far eastern fells. The starting point is St Peter's Church and takes in six Wainwrights; Hallin Fell, Steel Knotts, Beda Fell, Angletarn Pikes, Brock Crags and Place Fell.
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Very strenuous routes

Buttermere Marathon - Very Strenuous
A long (25.6km) and high circuit (1,354m of ascent) along the ridge to the SW of Buttermere taking in seven Wainwrights – Great Borne, Starling Dodd, Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag, Hay Stacks and Fleetwith Pike.
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Coniston Fells - Very Strenuous
A tough and long 20.8km walk taking in all the high peaks to the north and west of Coniston. There are seven Wainwrights to climb – Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar, Brim Fell, Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag. Look out for evidence of slate and copper mining throughout the walk.
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Extended Coledale Horseshoe - Very Strenuous
This classic horseshoe walk is extended to incorporate the highest of the North Western Fells, Grasmoor. Starting and ending in Braithwaite it follows the ridge over Grisedale Pike and Hopegill Head to Coledale hause.  Grasmoor summit is visited before returning to Crag Hill. The descending ridge then takes in Sail, Outerside and finally Barrow on route to Braithwaite.
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Far Western Fells - Very Strenuous
A long 24km walk taking in some of the Lake District’s least known fells. Although there are no hard climbs underfoot conditions can be tough after heavy rain. The route takes in five Wainwrights – Grike, Crag Fell, Caw Fell, Haycock and Lank Rigg.
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Glenridding Circuit - Very Strenuous
This is a long high walk over 6 Wainwrights. An extra detour after White Side can include Helvellyn. This walk crosses Swirral Edge so all members of the group need to be experienced on high level, narrow ridge and rocky walking, especially if windy. The Wainwrights are Glenridding Dodd, Sheffield Pike, Hart Side, Raise, White Side and Catstye Cam. If clear the views are excellent. The walk starts and finishes at Glenridding.
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Greater Grisedale Horseshoe - Very Strenuous
This is a long high walk over some of the major fells in the Lake District, including Helvellyn the second highest. 8 Wainwrights are to be climbed. This walk goes along Striding Edge so all members of the group need to be experienced on high level, narrow ridge, rocky walking, particularly if windy. Views are spectacular from all the peaks. The Wainwrights are Birkhouse Moor,  Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywagon Pike, Seat Sandal, St Sunday Crag, Birks and Arnison Crag. The walk starts and finishes at Glenridding.
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Greater Kentmere Horseshoe - Very Strenuous
A very challenging day out that includes over 1300m of ascent and 23km of walking. 10 Wainrights are traversed: Yoke, Ill bell, Frostwick, Thornethwaite Crag, Gray Crag, High Street, Mardale Ill Bell, Harter Fell, Kentmere Pike and Shipman Knotts.  It is one of the longest and most remote walks in the Lake District.  It requires fitness, a good knowledge of the hills and commitment.  It may be shortened slightly by omitting Gray Crag and High Street.
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Head Of Langdale - Very Strenuous
A wonderful full day’s walk around the head of the Langdale valley with 6 Wainwrights climbed – Pike o’ Blisco, Cold Pike, Crinkle Crag, Bow Fell, Esk Pike and Rossett Pike. The middle part of the walk keeps at a high level around 900m.
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Mosedale Round - Very Strenuous
A big day’s walk (18.4km) around the fells high above Mosedale Beck at the head of Wasdale, taking in no less than six Wainwrights – Kirk Fell, Pillar, Scoat Fell, Steeple, Red Pike and Yewbarrow. The route can be shortened by around 1.5km by taking the very steep climb straight up Kirk Fell at the beginning.
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Mosedale Round And Haycock - Very Strenuous
The same route as the Mosedale Round, but adding in Haycock. This stretches the walk to about 20.7km. At the end you will have bagged seven Wainwrights - Kirk Fell, Pillar, Scoat Fell, Haycock, Steeple, Red Pike and Yewbarrow.
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Newlands Watershed - Very Strenuous
This is a long walk taking in 10 Wainwrights around the Newlands Valley which requires a quite a lot of climbing to connect together long ridges.  Starting at Skelgill, it climbs over Catbells, Maiden Moor and High Spy, dropping to the picturesque Dalehead Tarn.  Another steep climb to Dalehead accesses a relatively easy grassy ridge connecting Hindscarth and Robinson before descending to Newlands Hause via  Moss Force. Easy ridge walking over Knott Rigg and Ard Crags precedes crossing the ravine of Rigg Beck to gain the Scar Crags and the final ridge to Causey Pike, returning to Skelgill.
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Scafell Group - Very Strenuous
A big 16km walk from the head of Wast Water taking in the highest mountain in England and four Wainwrights – Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Scafell and Slight Side. This is a big walk but technically fairly straightforward, although care needs to be taken on the final climb to Scafell (see route card).
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Skiddaw Group - Very Strenuous
A jewel in the Northern Fells, this walk includes eight Wainwrights. They are Dodd, Carl Side, Long Side, Ullock Pike, Skiddaw, Little Man, Lonscale Fell and Latrigg. The walk offers multiple opportunities for looking down on Keswick, Derwent Water and Basenthwaite Lake. The mighty Skiddaw has half a mile of ridge at its top all above 3000ft where, according to Wainwright, one can enjoy a promenade high in the sky
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Stonethwaite Medley - Very Strenuous
This is a very strenuous walk in the central fells. The starting point is Grange Village and takes in six Wainwrights; Castle Crag, Eagle Crag, Sergeants Crag, Ullscarf, Great Crag and Grange Fell.
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