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By Rustywalker on 17/03/18 at 11:01pm

Hi All I'm new to walking in the Lakes, well I have done a bit when I was a kid ! My wife and me are really wanting to get up and walking we are both love walking and both keep fit by running, gym & swim. My question is I'm looking for a guide to do some walking on some lower fells in south lakes, any recommendations ? Many thanks

By Lancashire Lad on 18/03/18 at 2:37pm


I'd say that Wainwright's "The Outlying Fells of Lakeland", (Second Edition - Revised by Chris Jesty in 2011), would probably be the best guide book to suit you requirements if you intend sticking to the lower fells. Although, if you are into gym, running, swimming, etc. then you must be reasonably fit - so why not take on some of the higher fells too? - Either way, I'd strongly recommend taking a map and compass with you - along with the learned skills to use them properly! Mobile phone navigation apps, and to some extent dedicated GPS devices as well, are all well and good - but batteries and technology do fail, and if you are up there not knowing exactly where you are when they do, especially if the weather closes in, you might find yourself up the proverbial creek without a paddle. :lol:

If you are familiar with Wainwright's Lake District Pictorial Guides, then you will know what to expect from the book I recommend. If not, well, this book contains very detailed descriptions of over fifty walks on the Lake District's lower fells. Originally written by Alfred Wainwright in 1974, as an addition to his seven volume Lake District Pictorial Guide books, it was fully revised (with respect to the present day state/locations of footpaths), in 2011, by Chris Jesty.

Primarily intended by Wainwright for pensioners, and others who could no longer climb the higher fells, it contains some great walks - on fells which often give some of the best views that can be had of the higher fells.

Although it contains walks from all over the lake District area, by far the majority of those included are in South Lakeland. This diagram shows the walk locations with respect to the locations of the main lakes. (NB. This is from the original 1974 edition, the diagram in the 2011 revised edition is drawn slightly differently): -

Browsing for the book suggests it is no longer easily available, as some of the prices being quoted are astronomical! Cheapest I found it is here: - ... d+Fells%29 If you can get one for a reasonable price, I'd say that would be the one to go for, until such time as you want to get onto the higher fells - when the latest revised editions of the seven Pictorial Guides would be the obvious, ( and much less costly per book), choice. E.G.: - ... +distyrict

Other books you might consider are: - ... +distyrict ... +distyrict ... +distyrict Although, since I haven't seen them myself, I can't give any advice as to how good or bad those three might be.

Regards, Mike.

By TallPaul on 18/03/18 at 2:53pm

If you're after guide books then you might like to look at the Our Lake District Library page which has links to all the the books we like.

As for walks guided by people I'm afraid that here at WalkLakes we don't run guided walks, instead we post detailed instructions on how to undertake walks we've proved ourselves.

We do not hold a list of guides as it would be quite hard to keep it up to date all the time. However, we are aware of a few. Two that spring to mind are Lakeland Mountain Guides and Kendal Mountaineering Services. We've not used either of them ourselves but have seen them around the fells when we've been out.

By Rustywalker on 20/03/18 at 10:26pm

Thank you so much for the replies :D

By YoungJason on 25/05/18 at 9:47am

these are helpful input I'll check them out too

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