Wainwright Memorial Walk

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Start: Bowness on Windermere
Grid Ref: SD409988
Distance: 107 miles (173 km)
Climbing: 12,374 metres
Walk time: 45-60 hours
Days: 7-10

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Wainwright Memorial Walk is the 107-mile route through the Lake District that A. Wainwright - legendary author, artist and fell-walker - set out to walk with three friends over the Whitsunday holiday of 1931. The route the friends took - recorded in sketch maps at the time - is now a long distance walking route. And it is not easy, an arduous 107 miles with over 12,000 metres of climbing along the way. Along the way, Wainwright promises to lead the walker everywhere worth mentioning in the Lake District, on a route devised to make sure that 'Every lake, Every valley, Every mountain, will be seen if not actually visited'. Significantly the route which begins in Bowness on Windermere meanders around the best of the Lake District which includes Applethwaite Common, Stony Cove Pike, High Street, Patterdale, Striding Edge, Helvellyn, the Dodds, Threlkeld Common, Sharp Edge, Blencathra, Keswick, Derwent Water, Catbells, Dale Head, Crag Hill, Grasmoor, Buttermere, High Stile, Great Gable, Wasdale Head, Scafell Pike, Bowfell, Crinkle Crags, Langdale Pikes, Helm Crag, Grasmere and Rydal Water to finish in Ambleside.

Useful Links:
Wainwright Memorial Walk Guides
The Memorial Walk - not for the faint hearted
Long Distance Walkers Association

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