Top six Trail picks

Trail (UK) - - Base Camp -

Blen­cathra and Sharp Edge

Sharp Edge is one of the most thrilling ridge-walks in the Lake Dis­trict, but it isn’t the only one you’ll be climb­ing. The route ac­tu­ally starts with an as­cent of Hall’s Fell Ridge, plonk­ing you di­rectly on the sum­mit, be­fore nip­ping down to Scales Tarn and then as­cend­ing again via the slightly more fright­en­ing Sharp Edge. A de­scent of Dod­dick Fell adds an­other spur to this thor­ough ex­plo­ration of one of the Lakes' most pop­u­lar hills.

Bor­row­dale 10

How’s your stamina? You’d bet­ter an­swer “good to ex­cel­lent” be­fore sign­ing up for this mon­ster. You’ll climb eight Wain­wrights over a 20km route, in­clud­ing Eng­land’s high­est, Scafell Pike. But there are many more high­lights than that: some might say the view from mighty Great Gable, oth­ers the prospect from minia­ture Ling­mell. What­ever you think, this high­level ex­plo­ration of the fells sur­round­ing Seath­waite is bound to be spec­tac­u­lar. Just bring ex­tra jelly ba­bies.

Great Gable at sun­set

Moun­tains at sun­set never, ever, ever get less mag­i­cal. Sun­set from a high place never gets old, never looks the same twice; it even makes you and any­one with you look like a glo­ri­ous, free wildling, all lit up by the golden glow. From the high plat­form of Great Gable, you’ll see the last rays of the west­ern­ing sun on the tops of the Scafell range and scat­tered over the But­ter­mere fells.

Helvel­lyn and Fair­field

Not only do you bag two Lake­land gi­ants on this walk, you also start with one of its most de­light­ful ridges. Start­ing with a climb up Helvel­lyn via Strid­ing Edge, you then turn east on a high and rolling sky­walk through the Eastern Fells. The views from here are won­der­ful and the walk­ing is easy. Hav­ing climbed again to Fair­field you’ll drop to St Sun­day Crag, which might just turn out to be the un­ex­pected high­light.

Scafell Pike from Seath­waite

If you haven’t yet climbed Scafell Pike, there can be few bet­ter ways to do it than in the height of sum­mer, with a merry crew of fel­low hill-lovers and the buzz of the fes­ti­val await­ing in the pub when you get down. You’ll take the Cor­ri­dor Route up, with the op­tion to nip over to Ling­mell or Great End too (why not?). Eng­land’s high­est: done.

Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike

Of all the fells in the Lake Dis­trict, it was Haystacks on which guide­book Yoda Al­fred Wain­wright chose to have his ashes scat­tered. This small hill loses no sense of char­ac­ter for its rel­a­tively low stature, its rocky sum­mit sprin­kled with tarns. Af­ter ex­plor­ing its high top, you have the op­tion to head over to Fleetwith Pike. This is rec­om­mended, for the view down over But­ter­mere is as­tound­ing.

Scut­tling over Sharp Edge.

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