10 Lakeland Classics

May 1, 2012

Last week was entertaining! A navigation course was curtailed by the simple difficulty of holding on to the damned map (one and possibly only advantage of GPS’s!) whilst later in the week plans were again altered by the wind as Striding Edge was abandoned in favour of the Coledale Round above Braithwaite. Frankly I did not fancy Striding Edge myself, let alone with a party of albeit reasonably experienced friends.

The main problem with a strong wind is not so much its debilitating and energy sapping effect but the genuine danger of gusts knocking you over and in particular blowing your feet at the last moment and instead of sound rock the foot is waiving erratically over a gaping chasm. On Striding Edge (and more so Sharp Edge) this is a real possibility so better to play safe and take one of the many other Classic Circuits that are the essence of walks in the Lake District, in this case Grisedale Pike and , at least part, of the Coledale Round.

There are 25 Classic Circuits on Where2walk, all particularly worthy (or they would not be here) but being a chap who likes Lists I spent a happy hour deciding on my own particular favourites – not easy and the likes of the Langdale Pikes and Blencathra (despite being my favourite mountain) do not make the list. There is a whole range of ‘things to do before you die’ or in a walker’s case more likely ‘before the knees pack up’ but forget the Maldives and the Great Pyramids, simply try the walks below

Pillar from Wasdale Head

Dow Crag via Seathwaite Tarn

Great Gable via Napes Needle

Helvellyn via the Edges

Grasmoor from Crummock Water

Skiddaw via Ullock Pike

Hayeswater & Angle Tarn

Scafells from Wasdale Head

Newlands’ Round

Crinkle Crags & Bowfell

It is impossible to list them one to ten but my favourite 3 are Great Gable via Napes Needle (not literally), Dow Crag via Seathwaite Tarn and Pillar from Wasdale Head.


Previous Posts:

Walking Holidays. Choose a walking holiday in the Lakes or the Dales, many choices.

Buses & Trains . Save on cost and hassle by looking at the Buses and Train options

Why go walking? Many good reasons to get off your backside and get out and about

Fell Top Assessors. What do they do and how are they funded

Windfarms – simply no need. As wind farms continue to be built why are we doing it?

Inspired by Autumn Watch? Some photography of animals in the countryside and the pleasures of limestone walking

Extending the National Parks. Views and news on the decision to extend the national parks of the Lakes & Dales

Using a map to navigate. Why using a map and compass adds so much to a good walk.

Walks for the family. How to educate your children to enjoy the great outdoors.

Away from the Crowds. Some tips and suggestions on where to still find peace and solitude when many walks are crowded out.

My favourite villages in the Dales. The villages in the Yorkshire Dales which are extra special.

Delighting in photos. Why it is so easy to enjoy photography these days.

More than just a walking heaven. Different reasons why people take to the fells and dales.

Watch out for the little blighters. Sheep ticks continue to be a growing menace.

Map Reading Skills on the decline. Impact of new technology on traditional navigation.

Hidden Yorkshire Dales. The joys of walking in my favourite lesser known dales.


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