People have asked since I completed the Wainwrights, what next? What are you going to do now? What were your favourites?
Just because I’ve finished the Wainwrights doesn’t mean my love of the hills will wain. First off, we will now revisit the summits we didn’t get a view on. There are about 24 in total. Revisit favourites and walk with friends who still have their rounds of Wainwrights to complete.
As I’ve completed the round, people have asked what are your favourites? So I have complied a top 10 of favourites and hated ones. That’s why I won’t probably do another round because of having to revisit the hated ones! But I do love a list and will keep a note of ones walked.
My top 10
This is in no particular order by the way.
This will always be a favourite with being my last Wainwright. I love how it’s a proper mountain its own right and of course it looks down majestically to a favourite pub, The Kirkstile Inn.
The view from this fell is one of the best in the lakes. This was taken after a very long day in the hills. But having views like this really lift you and make you smile.
As much as I try I cannot see the lion and the lamb depicted in this summit. There I’ve said it! I love this hill because it’s a relatively easy climb but you get the most amazing 360° views. Plus you get to climb the Howitzer. This was one of the earlier Wainwrights I climbed and it was an incredibly hot day as you can see from my attire. This is one on my revisit list.
This is a classic Lake District walk, the views down to Derwent water are the best you’ll find. This picture was taken when we did the Newlands horseshoe. This was a fantastic walk.
I did this when I did the 10 in 10 challenge for MS. It’s s stunning top but what I like about it is its right in the middle of the lakes.
Mardale Ill Bell
This was the perfect place to stop on what turned out to be a mammoth day in the hills. Gorgeous views down to Haweswater.
First of 2 entries from the Langdales in my favourites. Crinkle crags was my 3rd wainwright walk. The Langdales are a favourite area of mine. I just love it and it’s relatively close to home.
As I said in the previous one I love the Langdales. Getting to this summit via Jacks Rake is on my to do list this year. I have climbed it but not for about 15 years or so.
Or as the official wainwright summit is called Bakestones. This is a great after work walk, cheat and park in Troutbeck village. Fantastic views down to Windermere. A fab hill, little effort with a great reward.
This was one of my latter Wainwrights to be climbed. A simply stunning fell and couldn’t believe I had never been up here or its neighbour Haystacks. Made even more special by celebrating Dave’s (far left red jacket) 60th birthday.
My hated ones!!
Top of the list is Kirkfell! This mountain nearly broke me, it’s back breakingly steep and I saw most of it through my legs! From that moment on my hills were measured in Kirkfells!!
Most of my uninspired hills are “the boggy ones” Amboth, High Seat, Nab and High Tove. Maybe different when frozen but just trudgey walks that made me tut under my breath.
Mungrisedale common one of the most pointless Wainwrights and I think there are a few that would agree.
Souther FellOne which we missed on previous walks. It was a dull walk and a very uninspired summit. Same for me with Graystones, lots of fake summits!
WhinlatterWas another one I didn’t really enjoy. It was another trudge and just a bit of a dull walk through the forest.
Last one is Lank Rigg the fell is as far west as Wainwright went. Don’t quote me on that though! It was an out and back fell and even the temptation of treasure wouldn’t make me be in a rush to revisit.
So there you are, my favourites hills. What are yours? I