Lakeland Routes is a personal blog and photography diary of our walks here in the Lake District, North West England.
Our aim is to provide information for those wanting to explore the Lakeland Fells, with route descriptions, maps and photos. Most of the walks follow the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright, the author of ‘A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells’, however, there are also many ‘off the beaten track’ routes that are personal favourites of ours. Where routes require scrambling, we’ve added as many photos as possible to show the ascent in much more detail; obviously safety comes first, so only attempt these scrambles if you are experienced and have suitable gear for the conditions.
Whilst we are happy to provide the information, you are responsible for your own health and safety.
All walks posted on the website can be either found within the ‘Routes’ menu, or the seven coloured menus; the colours correspond to the second edition covers of ‘A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells’ revised by Chris Jesty.
A tough three day Lake District challenge that will test the physical and mental strength of any fell walker. Maps, itinerary and much more information is provided to download and to help plan your logistics over the three days.
Coast to Coast
Devised by Alfred Wainwright, the Coast to Coast is regarded as one of the best long distance walks in the world. Many websites and guide books provide variations of the route and itinerary of this walk, however, we are happy to share our version which we feel is a perfect way of walking from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay.
Covering the whole of the Lake District, 95 high quality PDF maps are provided to download and use at your leisure. Printing them and using a waterproof A4 map case, which can easily be folded into the smallest of pockets, is far more convenient than fumbling about with a large OS map in severe weather conditions. We always take the larger OS maps with us, but they very rarely leave our rucksacks.
There is a fascinating history that is connected to the land, and the people that have lived and worked on the fells and in the valleys. Many stories are well known, and many are not, but we want to share the stories that we have discovered while exploring Lakeland.