… I’ve completed 31 fells in 31 days – so how many more to go? – 183!!! Oh well, at least I’ve made a start, there are 214 of them!
To reach August’s target of 31 Wainwrights, I invited a few friends and family members along for company and decided to divide my walks into 7 different groups. Sandwiches and maps packed, backpack on and sturdy walking boots at the ready, I set off at the beginning of August 2020.
My ever-present guide, Alfred W, told me I was starting at “the most centrally situated fell in Lakeland”, Armboth, so I added another 4 mountains and happily completed my initial 5 fell walks. A few days later, I tackled the challenging Fairfield Horseshoe, followed by the ranges around the towering Glaramara and Esk Pike.
My next walk Started at the beautiful Stickle Ghyll Waterfall (see video below), I walked across a group of 5 fells, including Pavey Ark, one of the largest of the Langdales mountains. These challenging outings were interspersed with shorter walks around Grey and Tarn Crags and 4 fells which included Barrow and Knott Rigg. August’s weather was mixed, with some days full of sunshine and stunning views; while others were a bit cold, wet and cloudy when I could only see just a few yards in front of me.
Although, in his yellow, book six, Wainwright describes the Robinson Fell, as “the least attractive of the group around Buttermere”, he still provided 12 pages of hand-written descriptions and beautiful detailed sketches of its various ascents and geographical details. So, I decided to make this my 31st mountain and headed to Honister Pass Slate mine to start my walk up to Dale Head and Hindscarth on my way to Robinson. Four hours later, having chattered to some intrepid runner/swimmers completing the Frog Graham Round, which to be totally honest, I hadn’t heard of before, I felt a great sense of personal achievement at reaching Robinson’s summit and my 31st fell.
A few days earlier, while researching my Robinson walk, I noticed that Wainwright had included one of his meticulously detailed, hand-drawn, circular diagrams, which identifies all the fells that can be seen from the top of Robinson. This illustration is a work of art in itself and considering it was drawn in the 1960’s, wouldn’t look out of place in the famous infographic designer’s book, “Information is Beautiful” by David Mc Candless (see below).
Inspired by Alfred W’s desire to share with his readers the reality of being on top of a mountain with the magnificent fells all around you, I had asked my partner from 360 Bench to accompany me on all of my 31 fell walks to capture 360 digital images from each of Wainwrights mountain top. Why not “bag” a few virtual Wainwrights for yourself? CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW and enjoy the true beauty of the Cumbrian Fells from the comfort of your armchair via your laptop or your mobile phone.