The Wainwright Fells in the Lake District were listed by guide book writer Alfred Wainwright in the 1950s and 60s. He produced a series of 7 regional guide books which described each fell in wonderful and creative detail. Later he produced an 8th book on the ‘Outlying Fells’. These fells became the best challenge for any visitor to the Lake District who wanted to enjoy walking the in the higher lands.
The full list of Wainwright Fells is included with extra information on some of the most popular mountains. There is also a map to show where each of the 214 fells are.
Seen as Ullswater's mountain, Helvellyn is best climbed from the east side. It is England's most popular mountain.
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Wainwright - Eastern Fells
The first elevated section of land south of Helvellyn. It is a fine vantage point for Striding Edge, the summit perched on the cliff edge.
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Overlooking the graceful ridge of Swirral Edge, the small pointy summit overlooks Ullswater.
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A significant bowl shaped rise to the north of Hevellyn,. It is probably best known as the site for the Lake Districts only permanent ski tow.
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The highest mountain of one of the epic Classic Circuits in the Lake District. The summit is a barren area and not particularly impressive.
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White Side is little more than a fork in the road south of Helvellyn. Fork left for Thirlmere or continue north for 8 miles to the ridge terminus above Threlkeld.
To the south of Helvellyn the long wide, grassy ridge leading to Grisedale Tarn includes two Wainwrights. The one nearest the tarn is Dollywaggon Pike.
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The largest of the Dodds, a series of grassy lumps on the long northern ridge of Helvellyn.
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Stybarrow Dodd is one of a number of rounded grassy fells which makes up the northern end of the long Helvellyn ridge.
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St Sunday Crag is a graceful, mainly grassy ridge shaped like an upturned boat. It lies between Patterdale and Grisedale Tarn.
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Part of the easterly arm of the Fairfield Horseshoe Hart Crag overlooks a second ridge above Dovedale.
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To the east of Fairfield, Dove Crag is the apex of a number of excellent ridge walks. It is popular and rightly so.
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Watson Dodd overlooks Thirlmere and is an easy climb on the undulating grassy ridge far to the north of Helvellyn.
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An intimidating steep slope above Kirkstone Pass leads to this fine summit (and tarn). A wonderful viewpoint for the Far Eastern Fells.
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A graceful, largely grassy ridge and part of the westerly ridge on the Fairfield Horseshoe.
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At the northern end of the long Helvellyn ridge Clough Head has superb views over Blencathra, this superb mountain laid out in great detail.
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A fine mountain snuggled between the head of Ullswater and the broad Helvellyn ridge near Raise. A straightforward climb from Glenridding.
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An innocuous 5 metre rise of rocky land on the long southerly ridge from Dove Crag. Nothing more than part of an (albeit fine) ridge.
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On the north ridge of Red Screes above Kirkstone Pass. Its main asset is its excellent views over Brothers Water.
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To the east of Hart Crag is the insignificant promontory of Little Hart Crag. A tick in the centre of rugged ground.
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On the long ridge of St Sunday Crag with excellent views north over Patterdale and along Ullswater.
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At the south end of the eastern ridge of Fairfield overlooking Grasmere and Ambleside. An excellent summit for westerly views.
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Midway on the rugged ridge leading from Hartsop to Dove Crag, the 'How' is one of a few upward undulations.
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A cone shaped fell of little height, one of two mell fells south of the A66 between Penrith and Keswick.
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The summit is a dramatic spot, vertigo inducing, steep slopes overlook Brothers Water to the south and beyond to the head of Ullswater.
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An insignificant summit overlooking Ambleside at the southern end of the long ridge leading to Dove Crag ad Fairfield.
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The smallest of the conical mell fells that show up to the south of the A66. The easiest climb is from south of the fell.
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An imposing fell overlooking Grasmere. An off shoot of the main Fairfield Horseshoe the summit provides some good views.
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Small in height but big in stature, Gowbarrow Fell is a rugged, stand alone fell of great character on the northern banks of Ullswater.
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The fell of Glenridding and an easy climb from Ullswater. The views up Ullswater make the short climb worthwhile.
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Nab Scar is the prominent fell just to the north of Rydal Water. It is a steep, forbidding climb, the start of the Fairfield Horseshoe.
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On the St Sunday Crag ridge with stunning views north over Ullswater.
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An unmemorable summit on a broad ridge High Street overlooks Blea Water to the east and is the highest Wainwright in the Far Eastern Fells.
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Far Eastern Fells
A rounded hill, north of High Street. High Raise marks the start of the 8 mile section of grassy ridge leading north to Pooley Bridge.
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Rampsgill Head is an innocuous rise of land between the more impressive mountains of High Raise, The Knott and Kidsty Pike.
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A popular peak due to its situation at a crossroads for many excellent walks. An impressive columnular cairn marks the summit.
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A profile instantly recognizeable from the M6 Kidsty Pike overlooks Haweswater, is on the Coast to Coast and used to harbour the last breeding eagles in England.
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Flat topped and situated in a triangle between Kentmere, Longsleddale and Haweswater. Can be climbed pleasantly from all 3.
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Sometimes known as Caudale Moor, Stony Cove Pike is separated from the main High Street ridge by Threshthwaite Mouth gap. Unusual views of the head of Ullswater.
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Excellent views in all directions. It is only a short distance with very little climbing from High Street to the north and part of the Kentmere Horseshoe.
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Ill Crag is a rocky summit on the western arm of the Kentmere Horseshoe. It is sandwiched between two lower Wainwrights to the north and south, Froswick and Yoke.
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Little more than a 100 foot from the main Coast to Coast path The Knott is well worth the short detour. The views are superb in all directions and the summit a small oasis of peace.
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Named from the deep valley to its west. However the summit lies midway between Kentmere and Longsleddale but the latter is clearly a less attractive name!
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On the western arm of the Kentmere Horseshoe. It is alost exclusively climbed as part of the ridge, midway between the higher Ill Bell and Thornthwaite Crag.
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Due south of Haweswater Branstree is a pudding shaped fell with a fine perspective of the High Street range.
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Wainwright - Far Eastern Fells
The southern most peak on the western arm of the Kentmere Horseshoe. A small summit area gives good views of the eastern arm.
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Gray Crag is a fine grassy ridge to the west of Hayeswater. The buttress at it northern end offers a steep descent in to Hartsop near Brothers Water.
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Rest Dodd is a rarely visited fell to the north of Hayeswater. However its steep sides make it difficult to tag on to other walks and is generally bypassed.
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Tarn Crag lies at the head of Longsleddale. Along with Grey Crag it marks the division between Lakes and Pennines, a vast area of moors to its east.
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A beautiful stand alone rigged Lakeland mountain. It overlooks the western shores of Ullswater and Glenridding village with an excellent perspective of the Helvellyn range.
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A smooth sloped fell lying to the south east of Haweswater. An ancient corpse road crosses its northern slopes.
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Hartsop Dodd plunges steeply towards the hamlet of Hartsop and Brothers Water to the north and linked to Stony Cove Pike to the north.
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Little more than the southern shoulder of Kentmere Pike and the first or last fell on the Kentmere Round. Rocky and rough with little separation.
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A distinctive fell at the head of Martindale. Steep slopes on 3 sides with a graceful ridge leading south to the higher peak of The Knott.
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Two rocky promontories overlooking an idyllic tarn tucked away between Ullswater and High Street. On the Coast to Coast.
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Looming over Hartsop and Brothers Water Brock Crags is often climbed with Angletarn Pikes. Wainwright's location is slightly awry from the highest point.
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Overlooking Ullswater from a point above Howtown, Bonscale Fell is on a spur off the main High Street ridge near Loadpot Hill.
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Both Sallows and its twin peak of Sour Howes lie between Troutbeck and Kentmere. The summits have few if any paths nearby and the land is rough.
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A long knobbly ridge above the quiet valley of Martindale near Howtown. Excellent views along the eastern end of Ullswater.
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Most often climbed from Ambleside the route from Troutbeck is quieter and easier. Baystones is the northern and highest summit of the twin peaks.
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Along with Sallows, Sour Howes occupies a rough area of land between Troutbeck and Kentmere and separated from the Kentmere Horseshoe by Garburn Pass.
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An excellent rocky viewpoint to the south of Howtown on Ullswater. The short ridge from Wether Hill is a quiet place.
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On the inside elbow joint of the southern shores of Ullswater offering great views each way. It lies above Howtown and is an excellent 'first' peak for the family.
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A mini fell surrounded by giants just north of Troutbeck. The rough but easy ridge makes for a pleasant walk.
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Twinned with Tarn Crag and overlooking the long narrow valley of Longsleddale. Its characteristic is more Pennine than Lakes.
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A dome shaped summit that falls away on all sides, to the south Langdale and to the north Borrowdale. High Raise is the highest summit in the Central Fells and one of the least well known.
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Wainwright - Central Fells
The highest and most central of the famous Langdale Pikes. Harrison Stickle towers over Stickle Tarn but the away from the rocky summit to the north and west is a large area of moorland.
Sergeant's Man is little more than an outcrop on the south east slopes of High Raise. It marks the far point of the long ridges from Grasmere over Easedale.
Ullscarf is a large expanse of rough, grassy fellside between Langstrothdale and the south end of Thirlmere near the Wythburn Valley. It is stand alone fell, rarely combined with others.
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Thunacar Knott is midway between High Raise and the rocky summits of the main Langdale Pikes. It is an uninspiring rise in the midst of a large grassy plateau.
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A dramatic dome of rock overlooking Mickleden in the Langdale valley. The exposed summit can only be accessed by an enjoyable scramble. Not for the faint hearted.
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Overlooking Stickle Tarn in the heart of the Langdale Pikes Pavey Ark is most famous for the tough scramble of Jack's Rake across its cliff face. The summit itself is insignificant, set a few metres north of the face.
Sandwiched between the grander 'Stickles' of Harrison and Pike, Loft Crag is very much an enroute fell. However it does offer the best descent in to Langdale.
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High Seat is the highest point in a long marshy ridge between Watendlath and Thirlmere. The walking here is as undistinguished as any in the Lake District.
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Bleaberry Fell is the most northerly of the Central Fell and usually approached from Keswick and combined with Walla Crag. The summit has good views.
Tarn Crag is an excellent viewpoint hidden between Far Easedale valley and Easedale Tarn. The rough summit faces down valley to Grasmere and beyond. It is not often climbed.
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Part of the long ridge between Grasmere and the Langdale valley Blea Rigg has many rocky outcrops, hidden hollows and a myriad of sheep tracks.
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Calf Crag is a minor rocky summit overlooking Far Easedale and is almost exclusively climbed on a much longer walk.
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Eagle Crag is the rocky end to a wide ridge overlooking Langstrathdale. Its parent fell is nearby Sergeant's Crag.
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Part of a long wet ridge lying between Thirlmere and Watendlath High Tove has genuinally little to distinguish it...except solitude!
Overlooking Thirlmere Armboth Fell (names after the hamlet below) has twin rocky outcrops on a broad flat shoulder off the main ridge.
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Raven Crag is cloaked in woodland at the north end of Thirlmere. It is often used as access to the higher summits of High Seat and High Tove when Wainwright bagging.
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A fine rough mountain above the delectable Dock Tarn. Great Crag is midway between Watendlath and Rosthwaite.
The neighbour of the Lion and the Lamb (Helm Crag) and is often included in its easy climb from Grasmere. Part of the long ridge.
To the west of Watendlath and overlooking the Borrowdale valley the fell is a short rough climb from the hamlet.
Small in stature but rich in quality. Helm Crag (or the Lion and the Lamb) overlooks Grasmere with a lovely summit area including the highest point needing a tough little scramble. Wainwright himself never made it!
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Grasmere's only little bit of Lakeland fells, situated to the west of the village. It is a fine area to explore, leave the paths behind and find the hidden tarns.
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A fine viewpoint overlooking Derwentwater, usually climbed from Keswick. . It is best known for being one of the original training grounds for the pioneers of rock climbing in the late 19th century.
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A rugged small fell between the delectable St John's in the Vale and the Keswick Thirlmere road. It typifies Lakeland in miniature.
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Loughrigg Fell is a deservedly popular fell to the south of Grasmere (the lake). The stand alone fell is a mass of rocky knolls, hidden hollows, sheep tracks and differing views.
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The highest mountain in England. The whole summit area is a mass of loose boulders and rocks and it is notoriously difficult to navigate in cloud. It is approached best from the north and quickest from the west.
Wainwright - Southern Fells
The cliffs on three sides of Scafell (not the south) give it a more dramatic outline than its marginally higher neighbour, Scafell Pike. There is some excellent scrambling on its slopes, Lords Rake most famous but Broad Stand most difficult.
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Great End is worth the short detour o the route up Scafell Pike from Borrowdale. It's most impressive feature are the north facing cliffs, best seen from either Sty head or Sprinkling Tarns.
Bowfell is a fine mountain which is most often accessed from Langdale by the long and rough ridge known as the Band. The Climbers Travers on its northern flanks is a good scramble.
Like its near neighbour Bowfell, Esk Pike is a rugged fell, remote from any convenient starting point. It is probably Eskdales mountain but can be climbed from Langdale, Borrowdale or even Wasdale.
A wonderful rough and rocky ridge overlooking the Langdale Valley. The ridge will take longer than you imagine. Crinkle Crags is often combined with Bowfell.
A famous mountain that I believe is best accessed via the impressive Goats Water. The 'Old Man' is often climbed on its own but the main ridge to the north is highly enjoyable and very straightforward.
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Swirl How is the highest point on the northern end of the main Coniston Ridge. The summit is not memorable although there is often debate as to whether it is even higher than Coniston Old Man.
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Lingmell is perched dramatically over the head of Wasdale and is worth any detour whilst climbing its grander neighbour, Scafell Pike.
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Wainwright- Southern Fells
Brim Fell is little more than a small rise on the main Coniston ridge. It is the first Wainwright heading north from Coniston Old Man.
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Centrally located above Esk Hause the craggy Allen Crags is the start of a long ridge overlooking Langstrath and ending near Glaramara.
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Strictly speaking this is to the northern end of the Lake District. However it is a fine mountain, a rugged fell overlooking Borrowdale with a great name befitting a lovely summit.
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Great Carrs is the most northerly Wainwright on the main ridge of Coniston. It has wonderful views north in to Langdale but is probably most famous for the remains of an aircraft near the summit.
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Dow Crag is set apart from the main Coniston ridge by the deep valley containing Goats Water. Dow Crag itself is a log ridge with impressive cliffs facing east , a haven for many budding rock climbers.
Grey Friar is an isolated fell situated to the west of Swirl How and usually climbed as a there and back. However it can also be accessed on its own as a quiet circuit from the Duddon Valley via Seathwaite Tarn.
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Slight Side is on the long southern ridge of Scafell. It is rarely climbed without including Scafell although the views down Eskdale are better than its loftier neighbour.
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Wetherlam is out of character from the rest of the Coniston Round. It is rugged and full of interest as a stand alone fell. It is to the north of Coniston village and connected to the main ridge via Swirl How.
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Pike O'Blisco is a steep sided, cone shaped mountain situated between the Greater and Little Langdale Valleys. The summit area is small and exposed but with the best views across the valley to the Langdale Pikes.
Cold Pike is really the southern of the Crinkle Pikes but is a fair distance from the main ridge. It is often accessed from a high start at Wrynose Pass and offers an excellent short walk.
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Harter Fell can be climbed from either the Duddon Valley or Eskdale. Either route the climb is steep. The mountain is uniformerly cone shaped with an excellent small rocky summit.
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Rossett Pike is a rocky fell situated at the head of the Langdale Valley. The steep climb up Rossett Gill used to be notorious but the path has been improved in recent years.
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Seathwaite Fell is situated between Sprinkling and Styhead tarns overlooking the hamlet of Seathwaite in Borrowdale. It has good views and a nice quiet fell.
The most northern and largest fell overlooking Wastwater from the lesser visited east. The pleasant ridge belies the steep slopes leading in to the lake.
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Rosthwaite Fell is little more than the end of a northern arm of larger Glaramara. It has good views to the north.
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Probably most famous as the site of a well preserved Roman Fort, Hard Knott is a stand alone fell usually climbed quickly from the high point of Hard Knott pass.
The most southerly of two fells on the broad ridge to the east of Wastwater. The dramatic Wastwater Screes lie between itself and the lake below.
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Green Crag is a mid sized rocky fell situated south of Harter Fell between Eskdale and the Duddon Valley. The area is rarely visited but great fun.
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Lingmoor Fell is a rugged fell in the Langdale Valley. It is separated from its more famous neighbours but can be easily climbed on a half day from either of the Dungeon Ghyll hotels.
Black Fell is small, stand alone fell that lies between Tarn Hows to the south and Skelwith Bridge near Ambleside to the north.
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Home Fell occupies a small area of rugged ground just north of Coniston. Very few walkers would climb the fell unless completing the Wainwrights.
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Skiddaw is very much Keswick's mountain. It dominates the area to the north and is one of the four Lake District 3,000 foot mountains. The graceful lines are a photographer's dream.
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Wainwright - Northern Fells
A magnificent mountain dominating the drive towards Keswick. The many ridges on its southern flank looks as though a hand has scooped them out. It promises and delivers many excellent climbs. To the hidden north is a large rarely unwalked wilderness.
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Part of the graceful lines of Skiddaw is the outline of Skiddaw Little Man. It is seen to the east of the main summit and in many views appears larger than the slightly set back main summit.
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Carl Side is always worth the short climb for its magnificent views south over Borrowdale. It is to the south west of Skiddaw on the long Ullock Pike Ridge.
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Long Side lies to the west of Skiddaw on the long Ullock Pike ridge.
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The east facing cliffs of Lonscale Fell are most impressive seen from the slopes of Blencathra. Most often though it is climbed as an after thought on the normal Skiddaw Climb.
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Bowscale Fell is part of the group of mountains to the north and east of Blencathra. It is best known for the delectable tarn to its north, a popular place in Victorian times.
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An excellent fell to the north of the watershed at Skiddaw House. The path up is always tempting and rewarding partly for the views south to St John's in the Vale, perfectly framed by Skiddaw ad Blencathra.
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Bannerdale Crags is a long grassy ridge running north south to the north east of Blencathra. However the dramatic crags to the north are its best feature.
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Strictly the start of the long ridge to the west of Skiddaw which overlooks Bassenthwaite Lake. The views are good to Skiddaw itself and to the north and Scotland.
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The northern shoulder of Skidday ends dramatically at Dead Crags near Dash Falls. Bakestall marks the point you can go o further.
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Carrock Fell overlooks Mosedale and is on the eastern part of the Northern Fells. There is a bronze age fort on its summit and some tiresome course on its southern slopes.
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High Pike has a fine view to the north most noteworthy known as Chris Bonnington's fell. He used it to train for his Everest expeditions, maybe why there is a bench on the summit!
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Wainwright- Northern Fells
Not really Great. However this Sca Fell is at the heart of a lonely walk amongst these rounded mountains to the north of the Lake District. And there lies its appeal.
Often described as the most pointless Wainwright I quite enjoy Mungrisedale Common. It is on a wide shoulder attached to the north of Blencathra.
A small rise in the ridge Brae Fell faces north towards the Solway Furth. It is right on the northern fringes of the Lake District.
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Just to the west of Great Sca Fell Maeal Fell is an uninspiring lump of moor. Nothing noteworthy it is tagged on a walk with other of the Northern Fells.
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A fine name for an interesting mid sized fell to the north west of the Skiddaw massif. Dash Falls lie on its southern flanks.
Souter Fell is a broad grassy ridge lying on the eastern fringes of Blencathra overlooking the village of Mungrisedale. Allegedly it is the home of the 'Spectral Army'.
A bald headed mountain on the lower slopes of Skiddaw with excellent views down Borrowdale. The impregnable forest surrounding the bald summit does offer a climbing challenge.
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Longlands Fell is on the northern fringes of the Lake District, best known for the impressive views north.
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Binsey is a distinctive site with a uniform cone shape seen from the shores of Bassenthwaite. There is an iron age fort remains on the summit and the views across the Solway Furth can be impressive.
Beloved by many Latrigg is many intrepid mountaineers first summit. Overlooking Keswick the southern slopes look impressive but most find their way to 'cheats' car park to the north.
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