These Boots are Made For Walking

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At the top of Haystacks - the final summit!

Growing up I spent many holidays in the Lake District walking the Lakeland hills using the seven Wainwright books as our guides.  By the time I left home I had climbed a enough of the fells to start thinking about completing all 214 Wainwrights, but after I left home and moved to London when I had little chance for walking the idea was forgotton.

That was until last year when I watched on dvd the Julia Bradbury BBC TV series in which she tackled some of Wainwright's better walks.  This made me think that perhaps when I was in England I should have another go at completing the Wainwrights.  Unfortunately when I checked, I still had 69 fells to climb which amounted to close to 200 miles walking and over 60,000 ft of ascent.

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  Never one to be easily deterred I thought I would give it a try.

Today is my 17th and final day of walking.  I have the final 3 fells to climb today, finishing with Haystacks - one of Wainwright's favourites and where his ashes are scattered.  All but 2 of the walks I have done by myself, the other 2 days I have walked with my father who is keen to walk, but at 77 happy to take it at a gentle pace.

By 2:30 pm I am back at the car having completed my mission.  I'm tired but happy to have achieved it, though count myself as lucky as out of the 17 days only 3 have been wet and even on these days I have been able to walk some of the lower fells. Though some days have been a slog, on the whole it has been very enjoyable.  It has taken me to some of the less walked areas of Lakeland many of which are delightful.  I don't know when but maybe one day I'll do this all again!

Riz7 says:
Normally managed 4 or 5 a day but very dependent on whether could link any together into a walk. My toughest day was only 6 summits but 5 separate ascents and 20 miles !
Posted on: Sep 25, 2010
skippyed says:
How many did you do in a day?
Posted on: Sep 22, 2010
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