I remember as a child looking down from Cumbria’s Lakeland peaks and being amazed at how different everything looked from up high. If I hadn’t enjoyed numerous trips up to the Lake District in my formative years then it’s doubtful I ‘d have ended up living the lifestyle I do today. It was astonishing to discover how profoundly a couple of hours walking up hill can change our perspective on the world. I’m forever grateful to my parents for taking me up into those mountains and giving me such a pure lesson in the power of potential. Those early experiences cemented the English Lake District’s special place in my heart.
Some friends and I had been trying to organise a bit of Cumbrian fellwandering for a while. Recently we managed to make it happen and planned a week of Lakeland strolling and bouldering. The day after I finished my little hike from Hebden Bridge to the Lake District, my friends Chris, Alex and Katie rolled into camp in 1987 Ford Escort and stage two of my early summer break began.
We had a week to explore and relax, time we divided between a couple of day hikes from Buttermere, a couple of days bouldering at Langdale boulders and Chapel Stile boulders, and a three day circular hike from Chapel Stile via Wasdale and Borrowdale. With the weather in our favor there was nothing to stop us falling in love with the Lake District again. If you’ve never hiked in the Cumbrian fells then I hope this may go someway to wetting your appetite for a visit…
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- Haystacks (597m) from Buttermere – easy 8.5 mile loop
- Grasmoor (852m), Crag Hill (838m) & Sail (773m) from Buttermere – easy 9.6 mile loop with steep section up Grasmoor
- From Chapel Stile to Wasdale Head via Bow Fell, Esk Pike & Scarfell Pike. Then over to Seathwaite via Pillar, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Green Gable. And back to Langdale valley via Glaramara, Allen Crags and Angle Tarn – 28 mile loop – mildly challenging in places