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articles > 2011

David CollinsonDavid Collinson, member Number 1549, a 52 year old solicitor living and working in the Lake District is a keen fell walker, having started at school aged 15. He has climbed all 214 Wainwrights at least twice now. In 2009 he was diagnosed with a tumour in his head. Staff at Hallam Hospital, Sheffield, used state of the art surgery to reduce the growth.

By way of a thank you to the hospital and the local Cumbria Mountain Rescue Service, he has devised a new walk for charity, and basically it is this. On May 3rd 2011 he will set off from the Town Hall in Kendal (where AW worked) and will walk into the Lake District National Park. No cars, boats or other mode of transport will be allowed over the next twelve days, only feet. He will visit fifty different stretches of water on the trip, which will conclude at 6.00pm on Sunday May 15th, also back at Kendal Town Hall.

Here is the route relating to the stopovers. He starts on Tuesday 3rd May at 11.00am from Kendal Town Hall. Over the 13 days he stays at, (in order), Longsleddale (3rd), Patterdale (4th), Keswick (5th), Braithwaite x 2 (6th and 7th), the 2nd evening being Saturday 7th May. On Sunday 8th May he walks from Braithwaite to Loweswater (Kirkstile Inn). He then stays at Ennerdale (9th), Wasdale (10th), Eskdale (11th), Coniston (12th), Great Langdale (13th), Ings (14th) and then back to Kendal by 6.00pm on the 15th May.

The route is mainly taking in 55 stretches of water in The Lakes, starting up Longsleddale and finishing on Scout Scar, an Outlying Fell overlooking Kendal. All the big stretches of Lakes are visited, Bass Lake obviously being the furthest north. The route covers 180 miles, 34,500 feet of ascent this involving climbing some 30 Wainwrights and crossing 9 Lakeland Passes. It works out about 15 miles per day and about 3,000 ascent feet per day.

Here are the 55 "Waters" in order from Kendal and back to Kendal from the 3rd to the 15th:

River Kent, River Mint, River Sprint, Skeggles Water, Haweswater, Small Water, Blea Water, Caspel Gate Tarn, Hayeswater, Brotherswater, Ullswater, Lanty's Tarn, Red Tarn (Helvellyn), Thirlmere, Derwent Water, River Derwent, River Greta, Bassenthwaite Lake, River Cocker, Loweswater, Crummock Water, Buttermere, Bleaberry Tarn, Floutern Tarn, Ennerdale, River Liza, Sty Head Tarn, Wastwater, Burnmoor Tarn, Blea Tarn (Eskdale), Siney Tarn, Blind Tarn, River Esk, River Duddon, Blea Tarn (Langdale) Little Langdale Tarn, Greenbank Reservoir, Coniston, Priest Pot, Esthwaite, Wharton Tarn, Tarn Hows, Yew Tree Tarn, River Brathay, Elterwater, Loughrigg Tarn, Stickle Tarn, Grasmere, Rydal, River Rothay, Windermere, River Gowan, Ratherheath Tarn and Cunswick Tarn.

The possible fells, weather dependant and in order from Longsleddale back to Kendal: High Street, The Knott, Rampsgill Head, High Raise, Kidsty Pike, Helvellyn, Whiteside, Raise, Raven Crag, Bleaberry Fell, Walla Crag, Barrow, Outerside, Barf, Lord's Seat, Broom Fell, Graystones, Fellbarrow, Low Fell, Darling Fell, (non Wainwright), Red Pike, Stybarrow Dodd, Great Borne, Great Gable, Kirk Fell, Illgill Head, Wetherlam, Blea Rigg, Silver How, Loughrigg, Orrest Head, Cunswick Scar and Scout Scar (These last 3 are in book 8, The Outlying Fells)

The passes, not in order are Longsleddale, Gatesgarth, Honister, Black Sail, Wrynose, Hardknott, Whinlatter, Kirkstone and Floutern

So there you are. A nice circular route, a different style of walking to what we are used to in Cumbria...but a good challenge.