Wainwright Walking is a photo diary of our walks in The Lake District National Park in Cumbria, the aim of which is to share our fell walking experiences with family, friends and anyone else who happens to drop by.
Why ‘Wainwright Walking’?
Because we walk mostly, but not exclusively, the fells which Alfred Wainwright, often referred to as AW, featured in his guidebooks. If you are unfamiliar with his name a quick search on the web will tell you all you need to know.
The fells are great places to explore, some are challenging, others relatively easy. You can be scrambling over rocky outcrops or striding out over wide grassy moorland. The gradients can be gentle on the legs, others will be steep and in your face, where several stops to get your breath back may be required. You can keep to established routes or deliberately go off path. There will be paths on the ground that aren’t on the map and vice versa, and they can lead you to a beautiful tarn, a secluded valley, a bubbling stream, cascades and waterfalls, or seriously boggy bits! Walking through this landscape, no matter what the season or weather, will never be the same from one day to another and whatever the circumstances, you can guarantee that it will never be dull.
So why not sit down with your favourite cuppa, and immerse yourselves in another world for a while. There’s no social media to distract you or us, so forget all that stuff for the time being and just take a walk with us. Each walk description includes a map indicating the route taken, the approximate mileage, and a starting point marked by a green star. If the route is described as 'out and back' there will be only one line of arrows, indicating that the return route was the same as the outward one.
We have not included the duration of, or any difficulty rating for, the walks since our assessments of those aspects are purely subjective and what is applicable to us may be not be true for someone else. How quickly you walk, how long your rest/food breaks will be, what detours you choose to make, the distractions you encounter along the way, the steepness of slopes, the terrain underfoot and the weather conditions are just some of the variables which make it just about impossible to give a one size fits all rating. There's no substitute for being well prepared before setting out, study a map and take it, and a compass, with you, work out the approximate mileage, check the weather, remember that its always colder and windier on the tops than it is in the valleys so take appropriate clothing and food, and allow plenty of time, especially during the winter months.
We hope you enjoy the walks and that you might even be tempted to try a few for yourself.
NB - No walks were recorded between October 2013 and April 2014 as we were fully occupied - the builders were in!