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Conquering the Lake District: Wainwright Bagging for Beginners

The Lake District, with its emerald valleys, rugged peaks, and shimmering lakes, has captivated hikers for centuries. But for some, a simple walk isn’t enough. They crave the challenge, the camaraderie, and the sense of accomplishment that comes with Wainwright Bagging.

Named after fellwalker and guidebook author Alfred Wainwright, conquering all 214 fells he described in his iconic series is a dream for many. But don’t be intimidated! It’s all about enjoying the journey, and the good news is, you can start with easy Wainwrights.

What is Wainwright Bagging?

It’s simply reaching the summit of each fell listed in Wainwright’s “Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells”. You can tackle them at your own pace, one at a time or in groups, making it a flexible and rewarding pursuit.

Why Start with Easy Wainwrights?

3 Easy Wainwrights to Conquer:

1. Castle Crag: This short, 45-minute climb near Borrowdale boasts panoramic views.


2. Loughrigg Fell: Take in views of Windermere and Grasmere on this family-friendly walk.


3. Catbells: Enjoy stunning views of Derwentwater and Borrowdale on this circular route with optional scrambles for the adventurous.


Tips for your first Wainwright Bagging adventure:

Remember, this is just the beginning. As you conquer these easy Wainwrights, you’ll be ready to tackle more challenging peaks and embark on your own unique bagging adventure. So, lace up your boots, grab your map, and start exploring the magic of the Lake District, one fell at a time!

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