These Boots are Made For Walking
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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.
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!