The weather was perfect for a day's hiking on 13th July 2011, and my intention was to make a circuit starting at Seathwaite, with Great End at the southernmost point, and then returning via Glaramara and Bessyboot. A good plan I think, but I spent too long in Cust's Gully and eventually had to cut the route short. More about that in the detail of the trip report below!

A 15km route to Great End, via Seathwaite Fell. (Wainwright Book 4: The Southern Fells)

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Looking at the dire weather reports on the Accuweather Mountain Forecast, the Mountain Weather Information Service, the BBC and the Met Office, I had almost come to the conclusion it wasn't worth setting off on the drive to the Lakes on this un-promising 15th June 2011. My mind was quickly changed by the Pooley Bridge Steamer Pier webcam. This showed the reality of the situation, damp but reasonably bright conditions, with summits just visible. I'm not overly concerned by rain - just so long as I'm still getting a decent view. In the words of Jerome K Jerome, "we told ourselves that nature was beautiful, even in her tears".

A 20km circular route, starting from the Winter Crag car park in Martindale. (Wainwright Book 2: The Far Eastern Fells)

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On the eve of my 38th birthday, it would have been almost exactly 20 years since I'd spent a night under canvas - or in this case, lightweight sil nylon. After about nine months of day walks and Wainwright bagging, acquiring gear whenever I saw something that looked good value, it was finally time to take the plunge and extend a route over a couple of days.

A 30km circuit of the Northern Fells, starting at the Black Moss layby. (Wainwright Book 5: The Northern Fells)

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Sun tan cream was at the ready for this day of glorious sunshine in The Far Eastern Fells. It was April 20th 2011 and yes, I have been very slow to update my blog!

A sunny 17km route to High Street via Stony Cove Pike. (Wainwright Book 2: The Far Eastern Fells)

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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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