A view of Castle Crag from the village of Rosthwaite

Castle Crag

  • Distance: 4.7 miles
  • Difficulty: Medium

Kings How and Castle Crag form the dramatic jaws of Borrowdale. The ragged crags resemble teeth. Castle Crag stands at 951 feet, it’s the only fell below 1000ft that has been awarded Wainwright’s recognition, featuring in his ‘Guide to the Lake District Fells’. Wainwright described it as being: “magnificently independent, ruggedly individual and aggressively unashamed …

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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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View from the summit of Ard Crags, with the Irish Sea in the distance.

Knott Rigg and Ard Crags

  • Distance: 5.8 miles
  • Difficulty: Medium

The car park at Newlands Hause provides a ‘leg up’ on this walk. Knott Rigg stands at around 1825 feet high and is located on a four-kilometre-long stretch of ridge in the Newlands Valley. The climb begins from the off and the path up the mountain can clearly be seen throughout. After reaching the summit of Knott …

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Looking over Bleaberry Tarn on the High Stile range.

High Stile Range

  • Distance: 9.4 miles
  • Difficulty: Medium

Parking on the National Trust Car Park on the edge of Buttermere Lane, walk across the foot of the lake. Upon reaching Burness Wood the path begins to climb, once you are above the treeline there are wonderful views over Buttermere. It can be quite cool on the tops, so it’s worth packing hats and …

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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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