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Walking the Wainwrights : Walk 3

Walking the Wainwrights : Walk 3

The route: The stats: The profile of the Langdale Pikes make for a tremendous view from the valley floor so I was excited to embark on the third walk, taking in the four Pikes along with Thunacar Knott. Wainwright described the Langdale Pikes beautifully when he wrote: "No mountain profile arrests and excites the attention more than that of the Langdale Pikes and no mountain group better illustrates the dramatic appeal of a sudden rising of the vertical from the horizontal; the full height from valley to summit is revealed at a glance in one simple abrupt upsurge to all...

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Walking the Wainwrights : Walk 2

Walking the Wainwrights : Walk 2

The route: The stats: The second walk of my challenge took me and my hiking companions from the previous day to four Wainwright summits in a short 5.3 mile route just north of Grasmere. On the advice of my friend Dan, who had walked the area several times before, we altered the route in Mr Marshall’s book and omitted High Raise. This shortened the walk by a good 5 miles and lowered the ascent by over 1000 feet, yet added on a mere mile to a future hike (High Raise is a simple stroll from Sergeant Man).  As is often the case with...

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Walking the Wainwrights : Walk 1

Walking the Wainwrights : Walk 1

The route: The stats:For my first Wainwright walk I decided to ease myself into the challenge with one of the shorter routes in Stuart Marshall's 'Walking the Wainwrights' book taking in Great Mell Fell, Little Mell Fell, and Gowbarrow Fell. Most of Mr Marshall's routes are split into two day alternatives, but that option wasn't on offer with this one. You could of course break it down and complete each fell individually; I imagine each would make a pleasant outing with children or a dog. I had the constraints of a year to work with however, and as I don't live locally it made sense to tackle them together. Although I...

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Walking the Wainwrights

Walking the Wainwrights

A year ago today I completed a personal challenge I set myself to hike all 214 Wainwrights in one year. Before memories of those forty walks get even hazier I'd like to share them in a series of posts: an online diary of sorts for me, but also in the hope I can provide some useful tips to others thinking of embarking on a similar challenge. I’ll begin with where it all started, which was on the couch supping on a cup of tea... The ideaIt was in June 2014 that I decided I wanted to set myself something big to work towards, something...

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My first fairs and what I learnt

My first fairs and what I learnt

For the past few years me and my mum have had a little tradition of visiting the Country Living Christmas Fair in Harrogate. It's a lovely way to spend time together, get in the festive mood and hopefully pick up some presents for the family. This year it'll be slightly different as, although we'll both be going to the fair, I'll actually be exhibiting at it. EEK!The Country Living Christmas Fairs are big events, the Harrogate one is over four days from the 3rd to the 6th of December and attracts a lot of visitors, I know this as I've...

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