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Very 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

Coniston fells – Southern fells - Very strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 22.4 km
Total ascent: 1108 m
Approx. time required: 8.5 hrs

A tough and long 20.8km walk taking in all the high peaks to the north and west of Coniston and considered one of the classic high level lakeland walks. There are seven Wainwrights on the route: Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar, Brim Fell, Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag. You will see evidence of slate and copper mining throughout the walk along with great views to the east, south and west.
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Far Western fells – Western fells - Very strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 24 km
Total ascent: 1220 m
Approx. time required: 8 hrs

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. These are Grike, Crag Fell, Caw Fell, Haycock and Lank Rigg. There are extensive views of the west Cumbrian coast and out over the Irish Sea.
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Glenridding circuit – Eastern fells - Very strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 18.4 km
Total ascent: 1143 m
Approx. time required: 8 hrs

This is a long high walk over six 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 rocky trails, 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 Kentmere horseshoe – Far Eastern fells - Very strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 22 km
Total ascent: 1,048 m
Approx. time required: 8 hrs

This is a very strenuous classic walk starting at Kentmere and takes in ten Wainwrights, These are Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Crag, Gray Crag, High Street, Mardale Ill Fell, Harter Fell (Kentmere), Kentmere Pike and Shipmans Knotts.
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Mosedale round – Western fells - Very strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 18.4 km
Total ascent: 1,220 m
Approx. time required: 8 hrs

A big day’s walk 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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Elterwater excursion – Southern Fells - Very strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 20.8 km
Total ascent: 1354 m
Approx. time required: 7 hrs

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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Extended Coledale horseshoe – North Western fells - Very strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 17 km
Total ascent: 1,541 m
Approx. time required: 7 hrs

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 back to Braithwaite.
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Greater Grisedale horseshoe – Eastern fells - Very strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 21.6 km
Total ascent: 1,371m
Approx. time required: 8.25 hrs

This is a long high walk over some of the major fells in the Lake District, including Helvellyn the second highest. Eight Wainwrights are to be climbed with the walk going along Striding Edge so all members of the group need to be experienced on high level narrow ridge rocky trails, 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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Newlands watershed – North Western fells - Very strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 21 km
Total ascent: 1,894 m
Approx. time required: 8 hrs

This is a long walk taking in ten 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. There is easier ridge walking over Knott Rigg and Ard Crags then crossing the ravine of Rigg Beck to go up to Scar Crags and the final ridge to Causey Pike, returning to Skelgill.
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Scafell group – Southern fells - Very strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 16 km
Total ascent: 1108 m
Approx. time required: 7 hrs

A big 16km walk from the head of Wast Water taking in Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, and three other Wainwrights, Lingmell, 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. On a clear day there are views to all parts of the Lake District and out over the Irish Sea.
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Skiddaw group – Northern fells - Very strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 20.8 km
Total ascent: 1,292 m
Approx. time required: 7 hrs

A jewel in the Northern Fells, this walk includes eight Wainwrights. They are The Dodd, Carl Side, Long Side, Ullock Pike, Skiddaw, Little Man, Lonscale Fell and Latrigg. The walk offers multiple opportunities for looking down on Keswick, Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite 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 –Central fells - Very strenuous
Total distance (out & back): 22.2 km
Total ascent: 1,067 m
Approx. time required: 8 hrs

This is a very strenuous walk and has plenty of variety. The starting point is Grange Village and takes in six Wainwrights. These are Castle Crag, Eagle Crag, Sergeants Crag, Ullscarf, Great Crag and Grange Fell. There is a steep climb up Eagle Crag with moorland and valley walking.
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