Easiest Lakeland fell?? Advice needed please...
by funkingbaxter » Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:08 pm
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I'm looking for the simplest walk to a Lakeland view. It doesn't have to be a Wainwright summit, or even a summit at all...
My father has fell-walked extensively in the Lake District and across Wales for most of his life, and further afield since retirement, completing the Pyrenees coast-to-coast aged 63 and a trek to Everest basecamp aged 67! But now, aged 86 and with health slowly deteriorating, he's no longer able to complete any kind of climb, or indeed descent. He is however still able to walk 5 or 6 km on fairly level or gently sloping ground.
I'm hoping someone will be able to suggest an easy, fairly short walk, from where he'll be able to enjoy a spectacular view of the fells he loves. Any ideas welcomed.
Thanks in advance...
by Broggy1 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:31 pm
Latrigg even has an accessibility path from that car park. Brilliant view on top.
by johnkaysleftleg » Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:55 pm
by poppiesrara » Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:52 pm
by funkingbaxter » Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:49 am
by Mal Grey » Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:30 pm
The one that sprang to mind for me, thanks to its stupendous views, was Fleetwith Pike from Honister Hause. A bit longer, but you're already high, and its a big track most of the way.
by funkingbaxter » Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:57 pm
by Sgurr » Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:18 pm
We are nearly 80 and managed Fleetwith Pike from Honister, but there is quite a pull up to start with and husbands dodgy knee felt it on the descent, so maybe give that one a miss. Rannerdale Knott is a great wee hill, but again, it has a fair amount of going up and down, and again, husband's knee didn't like it.
Below Fleetwith Pike. Does anyine do hot air ballooning round there?
by dav2930 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:38 am
by Sgurr » Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:33 pm
by funkingbaxter » Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:56 pm
He then announced that he fancied climbing Loughrigg Fell, some fifty-odd years after he'd first dragged six-year-old me up there. He didn't even go the easy way, ignoring my suggestion of starting a little further round and instead going straight up the steep path from Red Bank Road! I had to urge him to stop and take a breather every few steps at one stage; I was climbing right behind him as he got a bit wobbly a couple of times and even checked I had a mobile signal in case he got in real trouble.
We sat on the big cairn where several paths meet in sight of the summit where he declared he'd had enough, but after a rest and a bit to eat & drink we made it to the summit proper, before descending via the old quarry & caves, and along Loughrigg Terrace. Hugely proud of the stubborn old sod!!
by Mal Grey » Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:39 pm
Loughrigg was one of my own first fells too, at a similar age to yourself.
by Sgurr » Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:22 pm
and hope we can do what your dad did at his age.
by rockhopper » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:57 pm
Can only hope to be able to manage even some of that at that age ! Thanks