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Strenuous 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 seven strenuous walks:

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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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 Gable Round - Strenuous
Pass through the roofed gaping he farm buildings, walk down the lane and cross a footbridge. Slant NW up the hillside passing the corner of the wood. Go over a ladder stile and steeply up among the waste heaps and mines. Cross the fell wall by another stile and up the grassy slopes ahead, the up a wide gully on the right of the crags. Turn left onto the path from Honister and up to the summit of Grey Knotts. From here head south over the plateau to your second summit, Brandreth. Do not continue straight on towards Green Gable but take the path SSW to meet the pony track known as Moses Trod. Cross the headwaters of Tongue Beck and River Liza rising up under Great Gable. Turn left at the little col above Beck Head and clamber up the NW ridge of Great Gable to the summit.

From the top go NE down the shattered track to Windy Gap and up the short slope to your fourth summit, Green Gable. Continue down the saddle over boggy ground to Base Brown. Descend on the right of the crest to the foot of the crags. Go a little way to the left and look up at Hanging Stone before going down the boulder ridden slopes to Glildercombe, and the path by Sour Milk Gill to Seathwaite.
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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 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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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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The following strenuous routes are now sold out for new teams. However, you can still join existing teams on these walks.

Above Buttermere – Strenuous – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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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Fairfield Horseshoe – Strenuous – Sold out for new teams
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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Great End Circuit – Strenuous – Sold out for new teams
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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Helvellyn – Strenuous – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 Street From Haweswater – Strenuous – Sold out for new teams
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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Kirk Fell – Strenuous – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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 – Sold out for new teams
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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