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Wainwright Classics

The Wainwright Classics pages show some of the walks and fells enjoyed by our Society Members and are inspired by the works of Alfred Wainwright. Photos showing some of the stunning views that can be seen on the Cumbrian fells are included as well as notes on the main fell summits visited on the walks and also information on any points of interest.

Society members can submit walks for inclusion on this page by emailing
information as above to webmaster@wainwright.org.uk. Submissions by non-members will not be considered.

The basic requirements for an article are as follows:

  1. Maximum of 500 words per item giving an appreciation and overview of a route. Notes on any particular points of interest should be included as well as the approximate distance. Also, notes on useful books and the relevant Pictorial Guide if appropriate.
  2. Maximum of 7 photos.
  3. All submissions will be subject to editing before publication on the website and amendments will be requested if considered necessary.

Please note:
These are not detailed guides and you should obtain further information from a suitable guidebook and map before undertaking any of the routes described.



Great Carrs and Swirl How
by Alex Leach
This is a straightforward, and possibly underrated, short walk of about 5 miles with superb views along the way. A good choice, in my opinion, for the novice or those of us whose fitness is not what it could be ....... more



Scafell Pike from Borrowdale
by John Burland
‘Why does a man climb mountains’, AW wrote in his Soliloquy in the Scafell Pike chapter of Book 4, The Southern Fells. Each of us has his own reasons and these are many and various ....... more



Great Gable & Fleetwith Pike from Honister
by Donald Holliday
Wordsworth described the valleys and lakes of Lakeland as diverging like a wheel from a common hub somewhere between Great Gable and Scafell ....... more



The High Stile Ridge
by Derek Cockell
For much of the day the High Stile ridge, overlooking Buttermere valley, seems to be an intimidating prospect, being cast in its own shadow except for the early part of each morning ....... more



Crinkle Crags
by Derek Cockell
Crinkle Crags - the very name stirs the imagination.  AW says of this fell, ‘For the mountaineer who prefers his mountains rough …this is a climb deserving of high priority ....... more



Haystacks
by Caroline Nichol
There is no other fell like Haystacks. It is a classic in its own right. Wainwright thought so too and his ashes were scattered there at Innominate Tarn, his final resting place ....... more



Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag
by Peter Hardy
An obvious path heads up to Coniston Old Man where you can admire the view down to the Duddon estuary, Black Combe and, on a good day, even Blackpool Tower ....... more



Place Fell
by John Burland
If you have never climbed Place Fell and returned along the lakeside path, give it a try the next time you are in Patterdale ....... more



Mellbreak
by David Johnson
Mellbreak is one of those Lakeland Fells that I drove past many times, thinking it looked rather challenging, but knowing it was there to be climbed ....... more



The Mosedale Horseshoe
by Peter Hardy
For the fellwalker who wants to get away from the honey pot summits such as Helvellyn, Great Gable or Scafell Pike there is possibly no better destination than the impressive fells above lonely Mosedale ....... more