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Easiest Lakeland fell?? Advice needed please...

Easiest Lakeland fell?? Advice needed please...


Postby funkingbaxter » Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:08 pm

Date walked: 24/04/2019

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Hi,

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...
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Re: Easiest Lakeland fell?? Advice needed please...

Postby Broggy1 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:31 pm

Latrigg or High Rigg both have high level car parks if you wanted - meaning little ascent.

Latrigg even has an accessibility path from that car park. Brilliant view on top.
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Re: Easiest Lakeland fell?? Advice needed please...

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:55 pm

Second vote for Latrigg, probably the easiest of the lot from the car park, Hallin Fell from Martindale old church is also a very simple ascent with a fantastic view, Wainwright suggested it could be climbed in carpet slippers.
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Re: Easiest Lakeland fell?? Advice needed please...

Postby poppiesrara » Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:52 pm

Latrigg is indeed a good bet for the easiest, and with a great view. If that looks a little bit too easy (I fondly hope I can still walk 5km at 86yo; Latrigg from the carpark is less than that and a genuine 'anyone can do' walk), then Rannerdale Knotts - via the east ridge from Buttermere - perhaps? A fantastic view. There's a bit of uphill early on but all grassy, and then a tiny bit of avoidable easy rock at the end for old times' sake (but the walk and views would still be good if turning back at any point).
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Re: Easiest Lakeland fell?? Advice needed please...

Postby funkingbaxter » Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:49 am

Latrigg has it. Thanks all
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Re: Easiest Lakeland fell?? Advice needed please...

Postby Mal Grey » Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:30 pm

Latrigg looks like a good idea.

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.
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Re: Easiest Lakeland fell?? Advice needed please...

Postby funkingbaxter » Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:57 pm

Thanks Mal, I'll take a look at that too
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Re: Easiest Lakeland fell?? Advice needed please...

Postby Sgurr » Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:18 pm

Latrigg now has a disabled access path where one can push a wheel chair all the way to the summit.


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?

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Re: Easiest Lakeland fell?? Advice needed please...

Postby dav2930 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:38 am

Walla Crag near Keswick is a spectacular viewpoint, easily accessed from Castlerigg Farm. A bit more distance and ascent than Latrigg but still a short, easy walk. :)
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Re: Easiest Lakeland fell?? Advice needed please...

Postby Sgurr » Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:33 pm

Just thought that most of the ascent on Fleetwith is covered by a bus taking people up to the "Via Ferrata" on a stony track. From there it is more or less level if you can blag your way onto one. I'm sure they have plenty of spaces both up and down. We avoided it on the ascent by following the far nicer walkers' route, but came down that way.
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