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Difficult routes

To complete our ambitious challenge of putting two teams on top of all 214 Wainwrights on 11 June, we still need teams to take on the following nine difficult walks:

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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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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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 – Sold out for new teams
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 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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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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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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The following difficult routes are now sold out for new teams. However, you can still join existing teams on these walks.

Angle Tarn – Difficult – Sold out for new teams
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.

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Around Rosthwaite – Difficult – Sold out for new teams
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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Bow Fell – Difficult – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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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Harter Fell Via Gatesgarth – Difficult – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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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South Of Crummock Water – Difficult – Sold out for new teams
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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The Pikes – Difficult – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 Of Skiddaw – Difficult – Sold out for new teams
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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