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Strenuous routes

Suggested routes - we suggest considering this first section of routes as teams completing these will give us the best chance to complete the overall event goal of at least one team on all 214 Wainwrights

East Martindale fells – Far Eastern fells – Strenuous
19.2 km
Total ascent: 1,172 m
Approx. time required: 8 hrs

This is a strenuous circular walk. The starting point is Howtown on the south shore of Ullswater and takes in ten Wainwrights; Bonscale Pike, Arthur's Pike, Loadpot Hill, Wether Hill, High Raise (Rampsgill), Kidsty Pike, Rampsgill Head, The Knott, Rest Dodd and The Nab. The walk is above some of the finest valleys in the Lake District.
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Grasmoor round – North Western fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back):
 12 km
Total ascent: 967 m
Approx. time required: 5 hrs

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 – Western fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back):
 14 km
Total ascent: 1,270 m
Approx. time required: 6.5 hrs

A good day out high up amongst the finest fells taking in six of Wainwright’s hills. Starting in Seathwaite go up to Honister Pass and then up to Grey Knotts. Continue along to Brandreth and down to Moses Trod. Going under Great Gable go along to Kirk Fell and back then ascend Great Gable (one of the best Lakeland mountains). Descending into Windy Gap there is another rise to Green Gable. Going down to Base Brown, passing Hanging Stone and Sour Milk Gill to the finish. A great walk.
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High Raise –Central fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back):
 18.2 km
Total ascent: 975 m
Approx. time required: 6.5 hrs

This walks starts and finishes from the long layby on the A591 road south of the Travellers Rest. It ascends five Wainwrights which are 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 – Western fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back):
 23.2 km
Total ascent: 1,120 m
Approx. time required: 7.75 hrs

A challenging round of five Wainwright fells on either side of Wastwater with magnificent views as the reward. Starting at Woodhow at the south west end of the lake Whin Rigg is the first fell reached then Illgill Head before descending to Wasdale Head. The route then goes to Middle Fell and onto Seatallan. A gradual descent is made to Buckbarrow, and back to the start.
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Ashness circuit – Central fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 15 km
Total ascent: 1100 m
Approx. time required: 6 hrs

This starts and finishes at the most famous bridge in the Lake District, Ashness Bridge. This is a circular walk over five Wainwrights, Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell, High Seat, High Tove and Armboth Fell. Walla Crag has one of the best views of Keswick. On the return you pass through the lovely hamlet of Watendlath and the final part has some special views looking down on Derwent water.
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Above Buttermere – Western fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 17 km
Total ascent: 790 m
Approx. time required: 6 hrs

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 and Haystacks 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.
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Back of Blencathra – Northern fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 22.4 km
Total ascent: 1,169 m
Approx. time required: 6.5 hrs

A hugely rewarding long walk in the little-walked region behind Blencathra. It includes four Wainwrights which are 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. This walk is an opportunity to practice your contour reading skills and observe the Gabbro Boulder slopes.
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Blencathra group – Northern fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 17.6 km
Total ascent: 923 m
Approx. time required: 5.25 hrs

This formidable challenge includes five 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, snow or rain and also in high winds. Only experienced walkers should use this route. The rewards of this walk are considerable with views over much of the Northern Fells and the Pennines.
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Dalehead loop – North Western fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 12 km
Total ascent: 891 m
Approx. time required: 5 hrs

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 – Eastern fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back):
 17.6 km
Total ascent: 1,219 m
Approx. time required: 6.25 hrs

This one of the Lake District's classic horseshoe walks. It takes in nine Wainwrights. They are 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 – Southern fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back):
 18 km
Total ascent: 1,180 m
Approx. time required: 7.5 hrs

Great End is one of the highest lakeland mountains and this high 16km walk takes you around the head of the valley beyond Seathwaite, and over five Wainwrights. These are Seathwaite Fell, Great End, Allen Crags, Glaramara and Rosthwaite Fell. In Wainwright’s view “this is the true lakeland of the fell walker, the sort of terrain that calls him back time after time’.
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Helvellyn – Eastern fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back):
 18.4 km
Total ascent: 1,082 m
Approx. time required: 7 hrs

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 five Wainwrights which are Birkhouse Moor, Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywagon Pike and Seat Sandal. It is an easy route back to Glenridding down Grisedale valley.
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Helvellyn via Striding Edge –Eastern fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back):
 12 km
Total ascent: 920 m
Approx. time required: 6 hrs

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 - Far Eastern fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back):
 13 km
Total ascent: 787 m
Approx. time required: 6.5 hrs

This is a strenuous circular walk with the starting point at Haweswater known as Mardale Head. It is an excellent ridge walk. It takes in four Wainwrights. These are Kidsty Pike, High Street, Mardale Ill Bell and Harter Fell. There are great views, particularly to the east and down to Haweswater.
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Kirkstone Dovedale circuit – Eastern fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back):
 20.8 km
Total ascent: 1,341 m
Approx. time required: 7.5 hrs

This a great circular walk starting and finishing at Kirkstone Inn at the top of Kirkstone Pass, a good place to finish a walk. There are seven 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 then goes down over four more Wainwrights to Brotherswater and back over your last two Wainwrights to the Inn.
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Loweswater fells- Western fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 16 km
Total ascent: 1020 m
Approx. time required: 6 hrs

The walk begins with a steep ascent of Mellbreak with excellent views of the north western mountains. A steep descent to cross the Mosedale Beck then up to Hen Comb before crossing over to Gavel Head. From here there is a grassy undulating stroll to the summit of Blake Fell down to Burnbank Fell, and returning to the start at Maggie’s Bridge.
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Robinson loop – North Western fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 14.5 km
Total ascent: 1275m
Approx. time required: 6 hrs

This walk is a grand tour of the Newlands valley, based on Littletown. Ascending Robinson up a long rising ridge then descending by White Moss waterfall to the col of Newlands Pass then up 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 Pike – Southern fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 8.4 km
Total ascent: 1018 m
Approx. time required: 4.75 hrs

Not a long walk at 8.4km but still a big day out to climb two Wainwrights. The walk starts and finishes at wastwater going up and over 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 – Northern fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 14.4 km
Total ascent: 879 m
Approx. time required: 4.75 hrs

This route includes two Wainwrights, Bakestall and Skiddaw itself. 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 – Eastern fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 18.4 km
Total ascent: 1219 m
Approx. time required: 6.25 hrs

This is a circular walk from St John's in the Vale church going over five Wainwrights. Starting over Clough Head, Great Dodd, Watson's Dodd and Stybarrow Dodd, which are all to the north of Helvellyn. The return is via Sticks Pass to St John's in the Vale and over High Rigg. There are views round the northern half of the Lake District.
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West Martindale fells – Far Eastern fells – Strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 16.4 km
Total ascent: 1394 m
Approx. time required: 8 hrs

This is a strenuous walk starting at St Peter's Church near Howtown on the south side of Ullswater. The route takes in six Wainwrights: Hallin Fell, Steel Knotts, Beda Fell, Angletarn Pikes, Brock Crags and Place Fell. Having walked above interesting valleys there are great views of Ullswater and the Helvellyn range from Place Fell.
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