Lamb Pasture / The Forest / White Howe (Bannisdale) / Bannisdale Fell – Long Crag / Bannisdale Horseshoe – Ancrow Brow N / Swinklebank Crag / Capplebarrow / Todd Fell / Whiteside Pike

Distance (Miles): Ascent (Metres): Time (Hours):
10.45 592 6
Strenuosity: Technicality (x/10): Enjoyability (x/10):
Moderate 4 5


This is Wainwright’s longest and most strenuous walk from his book ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’. If you walk the higher Lake District fells you will not find this too difficult.

This walk is in an anticlockwise direction, the opposite of Wainwright’s version. I chose this so you finish on the best fell.

It rained for a large part of the walk, so there are less photographs than usual. The paths on a large proportion of the walk are either nonexistent, or not much more than sheep trods. If the clag’s down it will be a difficult exercise in navigation; be warned!

Apart from the paths mentioned above, there’s nothing else technical, with no scrambling. The views are OK, but I found the going tough in places, both boggy and tussocky. Not one I’d do again.