I have decided to use this blog to record our Wainwright journey – the 214 fells documented by Alfred Wainwright in his Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells.

Wainwright’s Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells

At the start of every Wainwright journal entry is the Wainwright number (based on height), with 1 being Scafell Pike (the highest peak in England) and 214 being Castle Crag at just 985ft (300m) high.

Whilst I have climbed many of the Wainwrights over my lifetime, many of these are distant memories that are hard to recall in detail. For this reason I have decided to start counting my wainwright journey from the time we moved to Cumbria (September 2019) and hope to gradually tick off all 214 of the peaks over the coming years.

Despite this, I have included gone back in time to include our trip up Coniston Old Man, as this was Megan and Williams first unaided Wainwright at the tender ages of 7 and 5…. a noteworthy achievement indeed. I am however, confident that given its location and ease of access, this peak will be conquered on more than one occasion over our Wainwright journey.

Lay had his own plan to run the Wainwrights but COVID-19 and the 2020 lockdown put pay to his plans to complete them this year. As a consequence, he may end up doing the double (a walking set and a running set) but I will leave him to tell that tale.

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