View of Wainwright's last resting place, Innominate Tarn on Haystacks

Haystacks

  • Distance: 5.6 miles
  • Difficulty: Medium

Haystacks was a favourite of Wainwright’s and became his final resting place.  Upon visiting the Innonimate tarn (close to the summit) he asked for his ashes to be scattered there. The views throughout the walk are breathtaking and some of the finest you’ll find in the Lake District. Parking at Galegarth, begin by following a …

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Views of the Newlands Valley on a wet day with autumnal colours

Newlands Valley

  • Distance: 8.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Medium

This is quite a long walk and falls into a figure of eight so it can easily be split into two. Park at the village of Braithwaite and continue on foot, leaving the village behind. A path follows the lower slopes of the smaller fell, Barrow, which then leads onto the valley road. Leave the road …

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View from high of Steeple, looking over toward the Solway Firth and Scotland.

Red Pike, Scoat Fell, Haycock and Caw Fell

  • Distance: 12.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Hard

This is four Wainrights in one. Starting at Overbeck Bridge, begin by walking along the edges of Yewbarrow and continuing until you reach the top of Dore Head. From there carry on towards the summit of Red Pike. The summit of Red Pike perches on the edge of a precipice and boasts thrilling views. It’s named …

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Heather on the side of Mellbreak with views of Crummock Water.

Mellbreak

  • Distance: 6.3 miles
  • Difficulty: Medium

The fell stands alone, Wainwright described it as being ‘isolated and independent of other high ground, aloof’. There are no connecting ridges and little possibility of walk variations. From the Kirkstile Inn (near Loweswater) follow the lane the runs beneath the Inn, gradually climbing uphill. The lane transforms into a stony track as you ascend. Upon …

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View of Crummock Water in Cumbria

Crummock Water

  • Distance: 2.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy

This is a short walk through beautiful landscape. Parking at Park Bridge, cross the bridge and turn right at the footpath sign ahead. The walk then leads through Low Park and above High Park Fell. As you climb above the brow it unveils a fantastic view of Crummock Water below. Follow the dry stone wall …

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Grasmoor, Wandope and Whiteless Pike

  • Distance: 7.1 miles
  • Difficulty: Hard

There’s a small car park Cinderdale Common, from there, climb up Lad Hows ridge. The ascent is quite hard going, with a slight respite in the middle before a steep climb to the summit. The views from the summit of Grasmoor are spectacular, overlooking the Solway Firth across to Scotland. On a clear day it’s …

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A view over the tranquil shores of Rydal Water

Circuit of Rydal Water

  • Distance: 4.4 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy

This a short but picturesque walk with woodland scenery and views over the small tranquil lake and surrounding fells. This walk can be quite busy, down to its proximity to the popular tourist haunts of Ambleside and Grasmere. Upon crossing Pelter Bridge you will come across the grounds of Rydal Hall. Which is also well …

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Illgill Head and Whin Rigg overlooking the striking blue lake, Wastwater.

Middle Fell

  • Distance: 4.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy

This is a fantastic walk especially if you are short on time. Parking on a roadside verge near Greendale Cottages, follow a grassy path which gradually leads uphill. As the path continues it becomes rockier in terrain. Follow the bank of Greendale Gill which leads to Greendale Tarn. Take the pathway above the tarn, following …

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View from Rannerdale Knotts overlooking the foot of Buttermere and the head of Crummock Water

Rannerdale Knotts

  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Difficulty: Medium

At 1,160 ft, Rannerdale Knott’s is fairly short, yet rugged in stature. The walk takes just a couple of hours. It’s a peaceful hike and in late spring there are stunning displays of bluebells on the fellsides. Starting at the Hause point, National Trust car park, the footpath begins leading upwards from the outset. The …

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View of Great Gable looming ever larger in the background.

Grey Knotts, Brandreth, Green Gable and Great Gable

  • Distance: 7.6 miles
  • Difficulty: Hard

Honister slate mine is well worth a visit, their labyrinth of mines and extreme activities make for an adventurous day out. For this walk, park at the mine’s and take the climb up to Grey Knotts from the car park. The following three fells form a line, the final being Great Gable, the largest of …

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