The Western Fells

 

Walking research began with the ascent of Crag Fell and Grike on Sunday 15th March 2009 and duly ended on the 18th March 2010 when the content for the Western Fells volume was delivered in person to Cicerone, and from that moment attention turned to the North-Western Fells.... 24th February and an advanced copy has arrived in the post so the publication date of 15th March is sure to be met, 350-pages of precise fell route and graphic detail to fascinate the dedicated fellwanderer.

Book Reviews

The Westmorland Gazette - reviewed by Mike Addison

You cannot go wrong with one of Mark Richards’ guidebooks in your rucksack – quite literally. They are extremely detailed and this one describes all the approaches, ascents and ridge routes on 34 fells in the Western Lake District. I already have his guides for the Southern, Central and Near Eastern Fells and they have proved invaluable as I attempt to “bag” all the Wainwright summits. With most of the Western Fells still to complete, this is a book that I will constantly be referring to over coming months. This is the fifth guide to be published in the eight-volume Lakeland Fellranger series. The North-Western Fells is due to be published in mid-April. And Mr Richards is currently writing and researching the remaining two guides in the series – The Northern and Far Eastern Fells, which are due to be published next year.

Cumbria magazine - reviewed by Kevin Hopkinson

These guides are getting to be essential to possess… informative, invaluable, well-packaged and so easy to slip into a rucksack. Here, Richards continues the series he began with HarperCollins, who had higher hopes of sales and made a swift exit after four titles. Fortunately, the guides found their natural Cumbrian home in Cicerone who have made a far better fist of it. Thirty-four fells around Wasdale and Buttermere are featured with a variety of ascents shown on Harvey maps, while summit panoramas – always helpful – show what other peaks you are gazing at. And the colour photography is splendid too. “How grateful we are” says the author, “for their existence, these magical fell” …and for guides and writers like this.

Cumberland News - reviewed by Vivienne Crow

Sure signs that spring is well and truly here? Lambs in the fields, daffodils beside the lakes and a plethora of new guidebooks on the shelves. My favourite among the books that have landed on my desk in the last few weeks is Mark Richards’ Lakeland Fellranger: The Western Fells (Cicerone £14.95). Cumbria-based Mark clearly had Wainwright’s guides in mind when he started researching this superb series of books, of which The Western Fells is the fifth. In the style of the lonesome Lancastrian, the books give walkers the freedom to devise their own routes; instead of holding your hand, they simply make a few suggestions by identifying the different approaches to each of the fells. I particularly like the author’s attempts to encourage walkers to spurn the beaten track for something a little more exciting. While most people climbing High Crag above Buttermere, for instance, will approach it from either High Stile or Scarth Gap, Mark throws a ‘hard-won’ route into the melting pot, climbing the steep and craggy front of the mountain via Sheepbone Rake.

FELL REVIEW

Below is a listing of each fell in the book with a collection of images gathered during the period of research, plus a downloadable summit PANORAMA that you can take with you on your walk.The range of images helps to exhibit the diversity of aspects each fell possesses, both physically and by the changing moods of day and play of light. Should you find any glaring omissions/mis-captioned detail then please do feel free to get in contact so that I may update/remedy the graphic.

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Black Beck view

The Buttermere vale from the top of the Black Beck gorge, near the outflow of Blackbeck Tarn on Haystacks
 
 
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