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    Hi, Im planning to go to the Lake District for about 5 days hiking. Im intending to camp wild during those days. I want to try and cover 50 - 60 miles in the week and was wondering of any suggestions on where to start and some good peaks to take in while there so I can start to plan my route.

    I've never been to the lakes before so any tips would be much appreciated.

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    How are you intending to get there?

    By car - you need somewhere to park.

    By public transport - see this thread: http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/w...ase/61988.html



    Will you carry enough food for the week or are you intending to resupply?



    For me part of the attraction of wild camping is that there is no need to plan in detail. Just study the map and if it looks nice it probably is nice.




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    Where to start?

    It took me four weeks to backpack over everything you could conceivably call a fell.

    So that suggest that in five days you could climb about a fifth of all the fells.

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    Im getting dropped off by a friend. At the minute I'm just debating where to start. Im intending to carry everything I need with me so I won't have to venture near any of the town or villages.

    Once I decide on a start point I think I'm just going to walk each day until I get tired and find somewhere good to camp for the night. Then repeat that everyday.

    When I do these things I'm never very organised. I just tend to wing it and see what happens.

    A little local knowledge would be very much appreciated so i can concentrate on one area so i don't get overly lost.

    I was thinking of starting near Coniston and heading north from there??

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    i'd start from the Shap area, and broadly head west.

    i don't know if you're a racing snake or an ambler, so timings are useless, but i had a rather excellent (and pretty much solitary) explore around the eastern fringe of the LD and then dropped down to Patterdale/Glenridding for a trip up Helvellyn and then caught the bus to Penrith.

    Penrith has coach and rail, and a bus hub.

    the public transport links are ok through the lakes, Keswick, Penrith and Cockermouth are very well served by buses along the A66, Keswick down to Ambleside and Kendal is also well served (i think theres a regular service from Kendal to the train stn at Oxenholme, and if not its not far in a taxi..), the A6 from Penrith to Shap and Kendal however is somewhat sparse...

    the crux is going to where can your mate drop you off (if you've never been to the lakes, getting from one side to the other is a pig, my advice would be to make life as easy as possible for your mate and ask him to drop you off somewhere easy to get to and easy to get away from - hence Shap..), and how fit you are. if you've never been, you might not really understand how steep most of it is...

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    How about the Bob Graham Round? It's a circular route covering some grand fells including Scafell Pike, Skiddaw, Helvellyn, Gable, Pillar. Although ultra fit fell runners cover the 60-70 miles in 24 hours, it divides into five sections which represent pretty big day walks. But if you're fit and aren't carrying the kitchen sink...[*]Keswick to Threlkeld over Skiddaw, Great Calva and Blencathra[*]Threlkeld to Dunmail Raise over the Helvellyn range.[*]Dunmail Raise to Wasdale over the central Lakeland fells including Scafell Pike.[*]Wasdale to Honister Pass over the Wasdale skyline including Pillar and Great Gable.[*]Honister Pass to Keswick over the Robinson group.[/list]

    You could always remove a couple of the less interesting bits by using public transport and then rejoining the route, if that's not cheating. Or split the heavier days, particularly if the weather is unkind. The route cards for each section are all on the UK Hillwalking website. See below

    http://www.ukhillwalking.com/logbook/r/?i=145

    http://www.ukhillwalking.com/logbook/r/?i=146

    http://www.ukhillwalking.com/logbook/r/?i=147

    http://www.ukhillwalking.com/logbook/r/?i=148

    http://www.ukhillwalking.com/logbook/r/?i=149

    Just a thought. Have a great time whatever you decide.

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    I agree with James above, some goos walking there

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Walker3 View Post
    [*]Keswick to Threlkeld over Skiddaw, Great Calva and Blencathra[*]Threlkeld to Dunmail Raise over the Helvellyn range.[*]Dunmail Raise to Wasdale over the central Lakeland fells including Scafell Pike.[*]Wasdale to Honister Pass over the Wasdale skyline including Pillar and Great Gable.[*]Honister Pass to Keswick over the Robinson group.[/list]
    This is what I'd do. Probably.

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    I always find this website a really good source of inspiration and ideas for trips

    http://www.v-g.me.uk/index.htm#

    Look on the Trips & Photos section and you'll find plenty in the Lakes. No 5 day trips but you might link together some shorter trips.

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