Eleven Wainwrights in a Day

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Eleven Wainwrights from the Far Eastern Fells Pictorial Guide in a Day

A tough mountain challenge walk which, when first planned, covered ten Wainwright Summits. In reality, when I walked this route on a perfect September day I altered my route and found the time and energy to cover eleven. The view from Rest Dodd looking out over Martindale Deer Forest, the forest without trees, was too tempting to resist, so The Nab was also conquered.

We start with a hard climb up to Gray Crag, but this investment in effort pays off as virtually all the height gained is not lost until much later in the day, after we have climbed The Knott on the opposite side of Hayeswater to Gray Crag. After that (at Waymark 16) you may wish to cut the walk short and return to Hartsop after covering eight Wainwright Fells in the day. This is easily accomplished via the well-used route back down Hayeswater Gill to reduce the walk distance to 16.5km with less than 1,000m of ascent. The choice is yours.

The most interesting features on the walk are the likelihood of sighting red deer, the obelisk-like cairn on Thornthwaite Crag, the views from Kidsty Pike, The Knott, see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/72212983@N00/3975673028/sizes/l/in/pool-1200105@N24/ the High Street Range, visiting The Nab, an area forbidden to walkers in the past before open access became a reality; and the proximity of several Wainwright Fells to each other.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North East

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Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Moor, Mountains, River, Wildlife

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