I chose another short route for this walk on Wednesday 26th January. Next one might need to be a bit longer to avoid developing a reputation for being the wrong type of lightweight!

A 12km circular route, starting at the Uzzicar car park. (Wainwright Book 6: The North Western Fells)

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I don't know if The Dovedale Round is an official route, but it probably should be. Have a look on Google and you'll find a few references to a "Dovedale Horseshoe" and a "Dovedale Round", but several of these walk in along the valley floor. To me, this type of walk should be defined by its use of ridges, both in and out. This route fits the bill, and takes in five Wainwrights along the way.

A 13km wintery route, starting from Brother's Water. (Wainwright Book 1: The Eastern Fells)

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Haystacks felt like a significant milestone on my continued exploration of the Wainwright Fells, being the location where Betty Wainwright scattered her late husband's ashes in 1991.

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I think I was walking this popular route in reverse, or at least, most people seemed to be going the other way. I'm pretty sure I took the better direction for the first half of the route, and I think the latter half would have been equally good in either direction. After my experiences on the Grisedale Horseshoe, starting too late and finishing in darkness, I chose a shorter route and was underway before 10am.

The Coledale Horseshoe, 17km, starting in Braithwaite. (Wainwright Book 6: The North Western Fells)

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It was the scene below, from near Grisedale Beck, that reminded me what I have always looked for in a Lakeland walk. The high, craggy fells - not the sheep! The day was destined to end in darkness and fog, navigating off Arniston Crag with a headtorch. Not my original plan, but a lesson in always being prepared.

A 23km circular route with 3300m of ascent, starting in Patterdale. (Wainwright Book 1: The Eastern Fells)

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This was my fourth visit to the Northern Fells, and I think it's going to take at least one (and possibly two) more walks to complete the 24 summits in Wainwrights Northern Fells guide. I may have felt slightly less enthusiastic than I should about this north westerly region, the highest summit being Great Sca Fell, and this is only 2136'. Driving in along the A66, seeing fantastic clear views across Blencathra, I was tempted to divert. It was the threat of Saturday hoardes and a desire to stick to the plan that kept me going, and I parked up near Over Water, with a brief stop en route to search the edge of a car park, a ditch and hedgerow for a missing GPS receiver. Unsurprisingly, no luck there!

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