The first of a two-volume set of guides to scrambles in the Lake District.
The set are based on 'Scrambles in the Lake District' and 'More Scrambles in the Lake District', two of the original scrambling guides to the Lake District by one of Britain's best-known climbers. Continually reprinted for 20 years these guides have now been fully updated and merged into two definitive guides, for southern and northern Lakes. (For details of 'Scrambles in the Lake District North', see below.)
The Lake District's rich mix of rocks, gills and crags offers the scrambler a complex variety of routes, often well removed from the beaten track. Scrambling - ascending rock that is not usually difficult or steep enough to warrant the term 'rock climbing' - means you often hardly touch a path and rarely see other people at close quarters. This is a way of getting back to a wilder Lakeland and enjoying the freedom of rough mountain country.
This guide covers Langdale, Coniston, Duddon, Eskdale, Longsleddale and Kentmere.
126 scramble routes graded 1 to 4.
Advice on how to approach scrambling safely and with confidence
Overview maps as well as sketch diagrams of the crags and routes
Introductions to each area mentioned, indicating the type of rock and any recommendations
Information on the approach, character, grade and route of each scramble.
Scrambles in the Lake District North covers Wasdale, Ennerdale and Buttermere, Borrowdale, Thirlmere, Patterdale, Mardale and Swindale.
Not suitable in winter or bad weather conditions.
Ambleside, Coniston, Langdale valley, Seathwaite, Boot, Staveley, Tebay
All scrambles graded. Easiest are suitable for adventurous walkers. Higher grades require rope and mountaineering skills.
Esk Gorge, Crescent Climb (Pavey Ark), Long Crag Buttress, Pike of Stickle, Raven Crag (Yewdale), Easy Terrace (Dow Crag)