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The Wainwrights Walks

Hello, welcome to our website. On this page you can read the articles I write about the adventures, challenges, excitement, beauty and fun we encounter in our attempt to walk all the 214 Wainwrights in the Lake District in 2015.

We aim to raise over £7,000 for Tearfund’s ‘No Child Taken.’ We hope you will enjoy reading about our Wainwrights walks, and that they will bring you as much enjoyment as you read them, as they have to us when we walked them.

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Blown and Battered on Bowfell

Blown and Battered on Bowfell

Some days just do not feel right - they do not gel. We cannot always put our finger on the reason, but there are times when it may be better just to go back to bed. As we walk away from the car towards Stool End Farm in Langdale, heading for Bowfell, this is one of...

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Stuck on Jack’s Rake

Stuck on Jack’s Rake

“I’m not going up that! No way.” Standing defiantly, with crossed arms and that stern motherly look, Hannah refused to budge another step. “You must be joking . . . we’re going up that!” “It’ll be fun, it’s not that hard, we just follow that ledge which goes across...

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It’s Knott Ard

It’s Knott Ard

“It’s Knott Ard,” Hannah told Georgia as we left our home in Kendal heading for Keswick and the Newlands Valley.
 Georgia turned back to Hannah looking puzzled. “It doesn’t matter, I’m getting used to the hills now.” “No, NOT HARD!” emphasised Hannah. “Knott Ard,...

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Reet up Rannerdale

Reet up Rannerdale

It must have been quite a battle - if the legend is true - that a bluebell grows for each Norman invader killed by the soldiers under Earl Boethar. The skirmish, beneath the crags of Rannerdale Knotts, occurred in the 11th century - in case you are wondering - just...

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Wind and Rain on Fellbarrow

Wind and Rain on Fellbarrow

Today is our first walk on the western fells. Following our gruelling walk around the Coledale Horseshoe - climbing Grisedale and Eel Crags in blizzards and high winds - I make good my promise to Hannah for an easy day. In fact she takes this offer of paternal...

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Cruel Day on Coledale

Cruel Day on Coledale

Winter’s wind snarls, its white teeth bite our faces as we scramble over rocks and walk onto the summit plateau of Eel Crag. The incongruous May blizzard washes the summit with snow and ice, and spring’s delicate corniches, tentatively clinging to the edges of hidden...

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Fleetwith via Ferrata

Fleetwith via Ferrata

What else can you do while suspended precariously above a 1,500 foot drop, with your legs and arms shaking and wobbling, while white-knuckled fingers grip slender strands and your feet tentatively balance on a one inch thick steel cable, except scream! I am not sure...

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Crab Apples and Sour Howes

Crab Apples and Sour Howes

Things do not always go as planned. Our ascent of Sallows and Sour Howes was to be at the end of the walk, instead it became the beginning; in fact, it became the walk itself. It is a couple of weeks since we climbed the surprisingly steep Ullock Pike. Hannah, in a...

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Roller Coaster over Ullock Pike

Roller Coaster over Ullock Pike

Ullock Pike juts above the ridge like a shark’s fin cutting through waves. Tooth-like it points to the sky above the Allerdale Ramble, the peculiarly named ridge that leads to Skiddaw. We climb from the Ravenstone Hotel on the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake along the...

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No Stop Till the Top

No Stop Till the Top

Walking can be unpredictable. Weather conditions can change. We need to be able to change itinerary; to take advantage of opportunities to experience the exciting beauty of the Lake District. Last night I finished planning today’s walk over Lingmoor Fell. We didn’t go...

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Skylarks & Crosses on Hartsop Dodd

Skylarks & Crosses on Hartsop Dodd

It is very noisy. I didn’t immediately notice the incessant background chatter. Poets, authors and artists go on about the peace and quiet of the Lake District fells. Thousands of words are crafted annually about the ethereal beauty, the peace, the quiet, the solitude...

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No Joke on High Street

No Joke on High Street

01-04-2015 – High Street – 8mls – Walking Time: 8 hrs – Ascent: 2506ft It is April Fool’s Day, but it is not funny. We pass by daffodils and watch frolicking lambs, while above our heads the wind is busily ripping snow from the mountaintops, and we are fighting...

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Dismal Day on Dale Head

Dismal Day on Dale Head

The car shook under the impact of north westerly winds and driving rain that raced up the pass. We peered through the windscreen; there wasn’t much to see. It was like looking through frosted glass. Mark switched on the windscreen wipers, but they gave us only a brief...

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