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The Outlying Fells of Lakeland
ISBN: 978-0-7112-3175-7
Published by Frances Lincoln

The Outlying Fells - revised by Chris JestyFollowing publication of the seven Pictorial Guides, AW received requests ‘from fellwalkers now in the sere and yellow, old-timers who have climbed all the lofty peaks and still cannot be persuaded to send their boots to a rummage sale, whose fires of enthusiasm for the hills are unquenchable, but who for one reason or another can no longer drag themselves up Scafell or Gable ...

Outlying Fells was written as a result and published in 1974. This has now been revised by Chris Jesty, as he did for the Pictorial Guides, after re-walking the routes to provide an up-to-date guide of the fifty-six walks included by AW.

One useful new feature, making it easier to navigate round the book, is the numbering of all the walks at the beginning of the book, with the numbers and names included on the map on page xvi. As in the PG revisions, the main routes are picked out in red on the maps and new items such as car parks have been incorporated into both the text and the maps.

Last year, Society members walked these routes as part of the Best of the Rest Challenge and a number commented in their reports on features of the routes they had found to have changed since AW’s day. These changes were notified to the publishers and included in Chris’s revision.

Of his personal highlights, Chris has picked out Scout Scar, Potter Fell, Whitbarrow, Beacon Fell, Stickle Pike, Whit Fell and Heughscar Hill for especial mention. As indicated on page 32 of this issue, Scout Scar was much admired by AW and will be visited on the Society walk in August next year.

For days when the weather puts the higher fells out of bounds or when you want a shorter halfday or evening walk, this guide provides a range of excellent options. In view of the large number of amendments in this revised edition needed to reflect changes that have taken place to routes over the last thirty-eight years, I consider this book to be a very useful acquisition for walkers, even if they already have the original guide.

John Burland - Member No. 2