Great Borne / Starling Dodd

Distance (Miles): Ascent (Metres): Time (Hours):
6.71 664 5
Strenuosity: Technicality (x/10): Enjoyability (x/10):
Moderate 5 5


Alfred Wainwright completed his first round of the 214 fells we now know as the ‘Wainwrights’ on the 10th of September, 1965. His last fell was Starling Dodd.

This was also my final Wainwright, completing my first round of the magical 214, 50 years, to the day, after the man himself!

While I’ve given the walk an Enjoyability rating of 5 (which would normally be correct), for me this was obviously a 10! To stand in the footsteps of AW, on this date, was a wonderful, never-to-be-repeated experience, and one that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Thank you Alfred Wainwright.

A quote from the man himself:

If Starling Dodd had been the last walk of all for me, and this the last book, I should now be desolate indeed, like a lover who has lost his loved one, and the future would have the bleakness of death. I have long known this and anticipated it, and sought desperately in my mind for some new avenue along which I could continue to express my devotion to Lakeland within the talents available to me. I am in better case than the lover who has lost his loved one, for my beloved is still there and faithful, and if there were to be a separation the defection would be mine.

As for the walk (this might seem like sacrilege), it’s nothing special. The views are OK, and I enjoyed the walk along the lake. The two fells are just bumps separating Ennerdale from Crummock Water. There’s nothing technical, but the descent from Starling Dodd is scree-filled and steep; not very pleasant!

It might be better to carry on to Red Pike (Buttermere).

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