In the 1950s and 1960s the guidebook writer Alfred Wainwright published his 7-volume book, A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells. The books are now considered classics: the level of detail on each individual fell is unparalleled and the handwritten and hand-illustrated format is unique and beautiful. The seven volumes include 214 individual fells and this forms the unofficial ‘register’ of all the mountains which can be climbed in the Lake District. These books were later joined by an 8th volume which listed a further 116 fells: these are known as the Outlying Fells and are separately indexed on this site (follow the link).

The 214 are as follows, listed in alphabetical order within each of Wainwright’s volumes. Each fell has its own page with further information on the mountain and on the walk I took to get it. The numbers indicate the order in which I bagged them — normal text for my first round, italic for my second round.

Volume One: The Eastern Fells (covers the area between Thirlmere, Ambleside, Kirkstone Pass and Ullswater. Number of fells in volume: 35. Volume first completed on 14th August 2012. Number of fells done on second round so far: 11)

Volume Two: The Far Eastern Fells (east of Kirkstone Pass and Ullswater and around Kentmere and Haweswater. Number of fells in volume: 36. Completed first on 15/9/12. Number of fells done on second round so far: 14)

Volume Three: The Central Fells (between Langdale, Thirlmere, Borrowdale and Keswick. Number in volume: 27. Volume first completed on 24/11/12. Number of fells done on second round so far: 11)

Bleaberry Fell and Skiddaw

Bleaberry Fell and Skiddaw, from High Seat

Volume Four: The Southern Fells (between Coniston, Langdale and Wasdale. Number in volume: 30. Volume first completed on 23rd August 2012. Number of fells done on second round so far: 13)

Volume Five: The Northern Fells (between Keswick, Bassenthwaite and Caldbeck. Number in volume: 24. Completed first on 4/1/13. Number of fells done on second round so far: 7)

Volume Six: The Northwestern Fells (between Bassenthwaite, Honister Pass and Buttermere. Number in volume: 29. This was the first volume that I completed (on 13/4/12). Number of fells done on second round so far: 12)

Dale Head summit

Dale Head summit. Newlands drops off to the left. The Helvellyn range is the background.

Volume Seven: The Western Fells (between Buttermere and Wasdale. Number in volume: 33. Finished first on 17/10/12. Number of fells done on second round so far: 8)

Volume Eight: The Outlying Fells: See the separate index.

2 Responses to “A list of the 214 Wainwright fells”

  1. Nola Marshall said

    Having watched some of Julia Bradbury’s programmes on the Wainwright Walks, it rather makes my personal target to do Catbells before next summer pale into insignificance…it appealed the most as she had explained that it was a favourite with Victorian ladies as they could do it relatively easily, in spite of their long skirts – a rather pleasing image.

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