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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The title Dodd to Latrigg probably doesn't do full justice to this circular walk of approximately 16 miles and 5882 feet of total ascent; more than a mile upwards! On this fifth outing to the Northern Fells I was very pleased to bump into @stevenhorner and we walked as far as Carl Side before I departed on my circuitous route around Bakestall and Lonscale Fell.

A 25km circuit of Skiddaw, starting at Latrigg. (Wainwright Book 5: The Northern Fells)

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Even when I was seriously into backpacking (or, for the "first" time, as I'd prefer to think!) for some reason I'd never visited Skiddaw. There's a lot of negativity about it, but not sure it's entirely justified. This route took in a fine ridge walk along Ullock Pike, Long Side, and a short detour to Carl Side. There was a nice scramble up a scree slope (if such a thing is possible) to the shoulder of Broad End and then a bit of a detour to visit Little Man. Then back over Skiddaw and descending via Bakestall.

A 16km route over Skiddaw, via Longside Edge. (Wainwright Book 5: The Northern Fells)

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If I could keep up a rate of 8 Wainwrights per week, this process will not take long! Saturday 14th added four more to the total, those being Carrock Fell, High Pike, Great Sca Fell, and Knott. According to the GPS track, this is 20km and took about 6 hours. Main downside to the route is my choice of parking, which meant the walk ended with about 5km along tarmac.

An easy 20km circular route, starting north of Mosedale village. (Wainwright Book 5: The Northern Fells)

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Monday 9th August, 2010, marked my return to the Lake District fells after an absence of about 19 years. Half a lifetime ago, my Duke of Edinburgh expedition for the Gold award, marked my last hill walking of any significance. It was a revelation to me that you don't need to carry a 20kg pack any more and I finally succumbed to the lure of the hills.

A 16km circular route, starting from Mungrisdale village. (Wainwright Book 5: The Northern Fells)

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An 18km circuit of the Tarn Crag and Grey Crag from Haweswater. (Wainwright Book 2: The Far Eastern Fells)

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A 16km circuit around Whinlatter, from Powter How. (Wainwright Book 6: The North Western Fells)

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