The Lake District

Considering what a honeypot it is, I’ve not walked much in the English Lakes. I started to put that right in summer 2016 with a four-day trip, and returned twice in 2017.

In English terms, the Lakes form a large and complex area, so it makes sense to look for a geographical split. For hill walkers, this was first and best done by Alfred Wainwright, in his seven-volume classic series A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells. That schema, based principally on river-systems and the high passes, is adopted here – though not all the links are working yet, pending a bit more walking!

The Eastern Fells. Helvellyn, Fairfield and surrounding hills.
The Far Eastern Fells. High Street and the Kentmere Horseshoe.
The Central Fells. The Langdale Pikes and High Raise.
The Southern Fells. Scafell Pike and Scafell, Great Gable, the Coniston Horseshoe.
The Northern Fells. Skiddaw, ‘back o’Skiddaw’, and Blencathra.
The North-Western Fells. Grasmoor and the ridges heading to Keswick.
The Western Fells. The Pillar and High Style ranges.