Lakeland Fells Map
A while ago I spent some time creating a wall map of the Lakeland Fells. I wanted something I could hang on the wall, something that would help me track my progress through all the Lake District hill lists and above all, something that looked good. In short, something that possessed both form and function.
I spent a lot of time, using a variety of tools coming up with the map you can see over on the left of this page (clicking the map will give you a bigger version to look at). It includes several hill lists; as well as the obvious Wainwrights it shows the most common bagging lists of the Marilyns, Nuttalls, Hewitts as well as some of the less well-known ones such as the HuMPs, Deweys, Birketts and Wainwright’s Outlying Fells. The fells are represented by coloured circles and they are overlayed on a Google Terrain map which shows roads, lakes, and the hill contours.
Each hill group circle is slightly smaller than the last and is a different colour, so it’s quite easy to identify hills which fall into multiple classifications. As an added bonus I’ve added all the trig points (all the pillars) as well. This hopefully provides a useful overview of the Lakeland Fells, not just the traditional Wainwrights.
At the bottom of the chart is an alphabetical list of all the fells, each with their own check box which you can tick off to show your progress; this covers all the major tick lists, but there wasn’t really room to include all the ‘other’ hill lists. See below for an example of the tick list section of the chart.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the British hill lists, here a quick run down of what’s included on the wall chart:
- Marilyns: UK HIlls with a 150m drop
- Hewitts: UK Hills over 2000 feet with a 30m drop
- Nuttalls: UK Hills over 2000 feet with a 15m drop
- Wainwrights: The 214 Fells classified by AW
- Wainwright Outlying Fells: The subsequent outlying fells classified by AW
- Birketts: The 541 Fells classified by Bill Birkett
- HuMPs: All UK Hills with a Hundred Metre Prominence
- Deweys: UK Hills between 500m and 2000 feet with a drop of 30m
Here is a view of the Northern Fells, zoomed in so you can see how the map works in a little better detail. Notice that Skiddaw, for example, is a Wainwright, a Nuttall, a Hewitt and a Marilyn (all shown with concentric coloured circles. The black triangle in the middle means it also has a trig point on the summit.
The topological nature of the background makes it useful for plotting routes and ensuring you don’t miss that short diversion to pick up a fell.
There are plenty of places on the web that will print the chart for you and it looks fantastic when produced as a wall poster. My current favourite printing site is Photobox, where you can upload the file you will receive and create a poster from as little as £6 – see here for poster sizes.
If you’d like a copy of the map, use the button below to buy one directly from this site. The button will take you to a PayPal page, which will process your payment and then send an email with a download link in. If you’d rather pay in another form, just email me (stuart -at- walkingplaces.co.uk).