Great Mountain Days in the Lake District


GMD cover

Below a brief gallery of the images from the book


Buttermere and the North-Western Fells from Haystacks

Fleetwith from High Crag

Fleetwith Pike from High Crag

Birkness Combe

Grasmoor and Buttermere from above Birkness Combe

Following Cicerone's acquisition of the Lakeland Fellranger series came a request to prepare a special volume devoted to the whole National Park: a very personal collection of classic high fell rounds. A superb opportunity to encapsulate the best of mountain Lakeland into one inspirational book.

Bleaberry Combe

Red Pike and Bleaberry Combe from High Stile

Great Mountain Days does precisely what it says on the cover, delivering fullsome days on the fells serving three grades of ability and ambition. Fifty mouth-watering walks that, given the weather, will entertain whether novice or competent hillgoer. The spread of walks means that, wherever you base yourself, there will be an accessible choice of really good fell expeditions on your doorstep.

Loweswater from Mellbreak

Loweswater from the north ridge of Mellbreak

Whiteless Pike

Whiteless Pike from the south ridge of Mellbreak

Great Mountain Days has placed a necessary stress on the importance of fell path restoration making them resilent for future generations of fellwalkers, and supports the work of the Fix the Fells project commiting payback sponsorship from sales.

Pitching on Seat

New restorative pitching above Scarth Gap on the ascent of Seat

I always find when I explore any area, especially one as rich as The Lakes, that my horizons and understanding expand expedentially so by the end I am ready to start exploring it all over again, but in greater depth. The perfect springboard to resume the second half of my Lakeland Fellranger project.

Illustrating this page are a small selection of views gathered during what proved to be my own Great Mountains Days - a similiar treat awaits you, but don't forget your camera!

Reviews taken from Amazon

Dr. Nicholas P. G. Davies of Halifax

This is a well written and illustrated selective guide to walking in the English Lake District. It is well produced, with good quality of photographs and printing. The accurate maps from Harvey's are a significant strength-it's good to get the route description and the detailed map side by side. The route profiles are also helpful. The guide is a modern one taking advantage of the potential from modern digital maps.

I have been walking the fells for about the last thirty years. I have enjoyed using earlier guide books such as Poucher, Wainwright and Bob Allen. Also the FRCC's guide.

It's great to be able to welcome a new guide, that is well written, with a sensible selection of walks, and which adds to what has gone before by taking full advantage of modern production methods.

The Fells remain...and this book will get you wanting to get out amongst them.

I would recommend it as a good introduction for newcomers to Lakeland walking, and as a worthwhile addition to the library of experienced walkers.

A. Smith from Cheshire

Worth adding to your bookshelf, 11 April 2009
Not a book to take on the fells, as its quite large (and frankly too good to risk getting damaged) but very useful for planning a serious days walking in the Lakes from the comfort of your armchair. Whilst most of the walks and all of the fells are obviously covered in other books, clear instructions, good maps and excellent photographs still makes this worth buying as it is a very pleasant (and addictive) read.

Andrew Miller - April 2009

When do you think GMD for Snowdonia will be finished and publushed? I loved the Lake District version I taken with me on holiday there for the first time! Would love to do the same with the Snowdonia version for my first visit there also.

Richard Newman - Waterstones website review

Great Mountain Days covers no less than 50 circular walks in Lakeland. Every walk is graded, with details of the distance, height gained and expected journey time.¨All routes are described in detail, accompanied by fantastic photos along with "Wainwright" style sketches and Harvey route maps. ¨Over the years I have collected many guide books on Lakeland, this is one of the best I've come across in a long time.

Peter Gillman - May 2010

Just returned from the Lakes where I did walks 3 and 42 from Great Mountain Days....Wanted to express my appreciation of two very well chosen, described and illustrated walks.  The route to/from no 42 was very lightly populated, as opposed to doing it from Ambleside, I presume.  We met several groups on the tops but for most of the way we had the route to ourselves.  So thanks again for the recommendations.  Will be back for more!

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