Book 4: The Southern Fells

southernOf all Wainwright’s boundary decisions, the outer perimeter of the Southern Fells is the most often debated. Two ridges continue south west on either side of the Duddon Valley, the longer ending only at the Irish Sea in the terminal height of Black Combe. Wainwright however chose to excise a wide area of fell from his guidebooks. Wainwright ultimately relented and included the southern extremities in an eighth guidebook, “The Outlying Fells of Lakeland” (1974).

The northern boundaries are clear, beginning on the west with Wastwater and rising up beyond the head of Wasdale to Sty Head Pass, the popular walkers’ route to Borrowdale. Across the border on this side are Great Gable and the Western Fells. The boundary continues north to Stonethwaite in Borrowdale, before turning sharply south east along the Langstrath branch of that valley, including the long ridge of Glaramara within the Southern Fells. At the head of Langstrath the perimeter crosses Stake Pass, another pedestrian route, and sweeps eastward down Great Langdale to Windermere. Stake Pass provides the high level link to the Langdale Pikes in the Central Fells.

Source: [Wikipedia]

Southern Fells Ascent Table


No. Hill Name Classification(s) Height First Ascent Total Ascents
1 Scafell Pike Lake District - Southern Fells 3209 ft, 978.00 m 2008-07-27 1
2 Scafell Lake District - Southern Fells 3163 ft, 964.00 m 0
3 Great End Lake District - Southern Fells 2986 ft, 910.00 m 0
4 Bowfell Lake District - Southern Fells 2959 ft, 902.00 m 2008-08-23 1
5 Esk Pike Lake District - Southern Fells 2904 ft, 885.00 m 2008-08-23 1
6 Crinkle Crags - Long Top [Second Crinkle] Lake District - Southern Fells 2818 ft, 859.00 m 2009-01-03 1
7 Lingmell Lake District - Southern Fells 2648 ft, 807.00 m 0
8 The Old Man of Coniston [Coniston Old Man] Lake District - Southern Fells 2635 ft, 803.00 m 2005-07-24 3
9 Swirl How Lake District - Southern Fells 2631 ft, 802.00 m 2008-09-27 2
10 Brim Fell Lake District - Southern Fells 2612 ft, 796.00 m 2007-12-15 2
11 Great Carrs Lake District - Southern Fells 2575 ft, 785.00 m 2008-09-27 2
12 Allen Crags Lake District - Southern Fells 2575 ft, 785.00 m 0
13 Glaramara Lake District - Southern Fells 2569 ft, 783.00 m 0
14 Dow Crag Lake District - Southern Fells 2552 ft, 778.00 m 2007-12-15 1
15 Grey Friar Lake District - Southern Fells 2536 ft, 773.00 m 2008-09-27 2
16 Wetherlam Lake District - Southern Fells 2503 ft, 763.00 m 2008-09-27 2
17 Slight Side Lake District - Southern Fells 2500 ft, 762.00 m 0
18 Pike of Blisco Lake District - Southern Fells 2313 ft, 705.00 m 0
19 Cold Pike Lake District - Southern Fells 2300 ft, 701.00 m 0
20 Harter Fell (Eskdale) Lake District - Southern Fells 2146 ft, 654.00 m 0
21 Rossett Pike Lake District - Southern Fells 2136 ft, 651.00 m 2008-04-19 2
22 Illgill Head Lake District - Southern Fells 1998 ft, 609.00 m 2008-11-22 1
23 Seathwaite Fell (Wainwright summit) Lake District - Southern Fells 1972 ft, 601.00 m 0
24 Rosthwaite Fell - Bessyboot Lake District - Southern Fells 1808 ft, 551.00 m 0
25 Hard Knott Lake District - Southern Fells 1801 ft, 549.00 m 2007-10-06 1
26 Whin Rigg (Wasdale) Lake District - Southern Fells 1762 ft, 537.00 m 2008-11-22 1
27 Green Crag Lake District - Southern Fells 1604 ft, 489.00 m 0
28 Lingmoor Fell [Lingmoor Fell - Brown How] Lake District - Southern Fells 1539 ft, 469.00 m 0
29 Black Fell Lake District - Southern Fells 1060 ft, 323.00 m 2012-10-20 1
30 Holme Fell Lake District - Southern Fells 1040 ft, 317.00 m 2012-10-20 1

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