Walks with a Theme - The Outlying Fells of Lakeland

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"So I have been wondering of late amongst the foothills of Lakeland, the minor eminences around the perimeter, the little bumps we never bothered about before"

 

 

I always knew that one day I would walk the Outlying Fells and I guess after the success of completing the Lakeland 2,000 footers and my Wainwrights in 30 project, I feel it’s now the right time to take on one of Alfred Wainwrights legacies with the Outlying Fells. As with both of my previous projects, the walk routes have already been decided prior to the project taking place. I’ve also completed quite a lot of behind the scenes website preparation that has kept me busy of an evening for the best part of the last three months.


From the beginning I had always felt it was important not to rush through the Outliers as much like I did with my Wainwrights in 30 project, which at times felt like a race. I can only put that down to my own enthusiasm from which I have learned valuable lessons. Mainly because of the injuries I picked up along the way. The Outlying Fells of Lakeland should not be rushed, they should be walked at a leisurely pace just as Wainwright enjoyed them when he first walked them. He described them as "a extended activity for semi-retired walkers"


Written with such conviction I have decided not to just take on the Outlying fells, but to walk them in Wainwrights footsteps by doing my upmost to keep to the original routes. Although, some of them aren't as accessible as they once were and this might lead to a few unavoidable changes here and there.


Unlike previous projects, this years Outlying Fells will be walked with a more relaxed approach. I may walk two, three or even four routes back to back, on the other hand I may just walk one route a month which will allow me to keep up with my regular walking, which is something I missed incredibly over the past two years during previous projects.


I feel that I have now come up with the perfect formula for 2017 where once again I will not only be following in Wainwrights footsteps over sometimes new ground, but still be blazing my own.

Paul Sharkey - January 2017


Stats table
 
  Walks Miles Ascent (ft) Summits  
  16 77.2 18,325 25  


The Outlying Fells, Potter Fell from Potter Fell Road

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7th January 2017
ASCENT: 1,572 Feet - 480 Metres
MILES: 6.8
OUTLYING FELLS:

4, Nameless Summit 1,262' - Brunt Knott - Nameless Summit - 1,266' - Ulgraves

ROUTE: Potter Fell Road - Side House - Nameless Summit 1,262' - Brunt Knott - Black Beck - Nameless Summit 1,266' - Ulgraves - Middle Taggleshaw - Gurnal Dubs - Ghyll Pool - Hundhowe Farm - Potter Fell Road
 

The Outlying Fells, Heughscar Hill from Askham

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28th January 2017
ASCENT: 1,230 Feet - 375 Metres
MILES: 7
OUTLYING FELLS: Heughscar Hill
ROUTE: Askham - Heughscar Hill - Heugh Scar - The Cockpit - Moor Divock - Cop Stone - Stone Circle - Askham Fell - Askham
 

The Outlying Fells, Dunmallard Hill from Pooley Bridge

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28th January 2017
ASCENT: 351 Feet - 108 Metres
MILES: 0.80
OUTLYING FELLS: Dunmallard Hill
ROUTE: Pooley Bridge - Dunmallard Hill - Pooley Bridge
 

The Outlying Fells, Whitfell from Corney Fell Road Summit

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2nd April 2017
ASCENT: 1,100 Feet - 335 Metres
MILES: 5.75
OUTLYING FELLS: Whitfell
ROUTE: Fell Road Summit - Peg Crag - Great Paddy Crag - Buck Barrow - Burn Moor - Whitfell - Burn Moor - Kinmount Buck Barrow - Fell Road Summit
 

The Outlying Fells, Black Combe from Whicham

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2nd April 2017
ASCENT: 1,900 Feet - 579 Metres
MILES: 5.25
OUTLYING FELLS: Black Combe
ROUTE: St Mary's Church, Whicham - Kirkbank Farm - Moorgill Beck - Black Combe - Blackcombe Screes - Black Combe - Moorgill Beck - Kirkbank Farm - St Mary's Church, Whicham
 

The Outlying Fells, Watch Hill

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14th April 2017
ASCENT: 600 Feet - 183 Metres
MILES: 2
OUTLYING FELLS: 2 Watch Hill - Setmurthy Common
ROUTE: Cockermouth School - Allerdale Ramble - Watch Hill - Setmurthy Common - Watch Hill - Allerdale Ramble - Cockermouth School
 

The Outlying Fells, Cold Fell from Cold Fell Gate

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14th April 2017
ASCENT: 260 Feet - 80 Metres
MILES: 1.25
OUTLYING FELLS: Cold Fell
ROUTE: Cold Fell Gate - Cold Fell - Cold Fell Gate
 

The Outlying Fells, Flat Fell and Dent from Wath Brow

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14th April 2017
ASCENT: 1,393 Feet - 424 Metres
MILES: 6.5
OUTLYING FELLS: Flat Fell - Dent
ROUTE: Wath Brow - Wath Bridge - Nannycatch Road - Flat Fell - Nannycatch Gate - Raven Crag - Forest Road - Dent - Black How - Wath Bridge - Wath Brow
 

The Outlying Fells, Seat Robert from Swindale

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30th April 2017
ASCENT: 1,100 Feet - 335 Metres
MILES: 6.5
OUTLYING FELLS: Seat Robert
ROUTE: Truss Gap, Swindale - Corpse Road - Langhowe Pike - Rowantree Crag - Great Ladstones - Gambling Crag - Seat Robert - High Wether Howe - Fewling Stones - Beastmans Crag - Gouthercrag Gill - Truss Gap, Swindale
 

The Outlying Fells, Howes from Swindale Head

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30th April 2017
ASCENT: 1,100 Feet - 335 Metres
MILES: 5.25
OUTLYING FELLS: Howes
ROUTE: Swindale Head - Nabs Crag - Nabs Moor - Howes - Mosedale Quarry - Mosedale Beck - Swindale Head
 

The Outlying Fells, The Circuit of Devoke Water

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24th June 2017
ASCENT: 2,250 Feet - 686 Metres
MILES: 5.5
OUTLYING FELLS: 6, Rough Crag - Water Crag - White Pike - Yoadcastle - Woodend Height - Seat How
ROUTE: Birker Fell Road - Rough Crag - Water Crag - White Pike - Yoadcastle - Woodend Height- Devoke Water - Seat How - Birker Fell Road
 

The Outlying Fells, Hesk Fell from Birker Fell Road

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24th June 2017
ASCENT: 1,285 Feet - 392 Metres
MILES: 4.5
OUTLYING FELLS: 2, Hesk Fell - The Pikes
ROUTE: Woodend Bridge, Birker Fell Road - Woodend Farm - Hesk Fell - The Pike - Crosbythwaite Bridge - Birker Fell Road - Woodend Bridge
 

The Outlying Fells, Boat How from Boot

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6th July 2017
ASCENT: 1,105 Feet - 337 Metres
MILES: 4
OUTLYING FELLS: Boat How
ROUTE: Boot - Eskdale Moor - Boat How - Stone Circles - Brat's Moss - Brat's Hill - Boot
 

The Outlying Fells, Irton Pike from Irton Road Railway Station

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6th July 2017
ASCENT: 751 Feet - 330 Metres
MILES: 5.25
OUTLYING FELLS: Irton Pike
ROUTE: Irton Road Railway Station (Eskdale Green) - Giggle Alley - Porterthwaite - Miterdale Forest - Irton Fell - Ancient Cairn - Irton Pike - Bowerhouse Inn - Irton Road Railway Station (Eskdale Green)
 



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