Six Wainwright Fells Walk

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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6.5-9h
Distance
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17.2 km
Elevation
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1,200 m
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Six Wainwright Fells Walk

The Six Wainwright Fells Walk is a beautifully scenic but challenging adventure in the Lake District that will take you to the summit of six Wainwrights and several other peaks for some truly amazing views. While out on this trail, you will climb uphill through some rugged terrain to traverse the summit of Whiteside, Hopegill Head, Grasmoor, Crag Hill, Wandope, and Whiteless Pike before descending toward the edge of Crummock water for a relaxing finish to a tough journey. This route is fairly exposed to the elements and weather patterns can change rapidly, so make sure to prepare for all eventualities on the trail.

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Route Description for Six Wainwright Fells Walk

As the name implies, the Six Wainwright Fells Walk is a popular route in the Lake District because it takes you to the summit of six notable peaks in the area, as well as several other mountains along the way for some breathtaking views across the undulating landscape. The trail will take you from the valley floor close to Crummock Water on an uphill climb along some steep terrain to reach the summit viewpoint atop Whiteside. From here, you will traverse the ridge to the east, eventually reaching the summit of Hopegill Head for some nice views of the surrounding fells. At this point, you will head to the south, briefly descending the hillside before climbing up once again to the top of Grasmoor, where you will have a great sightline across the valley with Crummock Water and Buttermere below. Continue along the trail to the east, first reaching the summit of Crag Hill before turning to the southwest to traverse Wandope and Whiteless Pike. After enjoying the views from atop the final Wainwright, you will descend the hillside along Squat Beck, eventually making your way to the scenic shores of Crummock Water that will lead you back to the trailhead where you began your adventure.

Getting to the Six Wainwright Fells Walk Trailhead

To reach the car park for the Six Wainwright Fells Walk from Cockermouth, drive southeast on Lorton Road/B5292 for 3.2 mi and make a slight right onto B5289, following it for another 2.7 mi. Turn left to stay on the road and continue for 1.2 mi, where you will find the car park on the right.

Route Information

  • When to do

    March-October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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