Peak Bagging: Wainwrights
45 routes designed to complete all 214 of Wainwright's Lake District fells in the most efficient way
- ISBN: 978-1-83981-102-9224 pages
- Karen & Dan Parker
- Publication date
- 11 Nov 2021
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Over fifty years ago, renowned British hillwalker and guidebook author Alfred Wainwright described 214 peaks in the English Lake District in his seven-volume illustrated Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells. Like the Munros in Scotland, bagging all the Wainwrights has become a popular and significant challenge for walkers and runners, often taking many years in fits and starts because of the absence of a clear plan for how to link them together.
With this problem in mind, Peak Bagging: Wainwrights by Karen and Dan Parker features forty-five routes designed to link up these iconic fells so you can enjoy the challenge of completing them at your own pace – over years, months or even just a few weeks. It presents not only the most efficient routes for completing the Wainwrights as quickly as possible, but does so in such a way that each route is a fantastic walk or run in its own right. The featured routes include a round of the Scafells, and the Glenridding Horseshoe, taking in Helvellyn and Catstycam.
The routes are split into seven sections, reflecting Wainwright’s seven Pictorial Guides, and to simplify logistics, all of the featured routes are circular with an emphasis on making practical links between the summits. In addition, the book is packed with useful information, including 1:40,000-scale maps, elevation profiles, public transport and parking details, refreshments, downloadable GPX files for each route and custom timings for walkers, trekkers, fastpackers and runners. Also included are overview details of Steve Birkinshaw’s then-record-breaking sub-seven-day Wainwrights run in 2014 – current record holder Sabrina Verjee completed the round in under six days. Whatever your timescale for completing the 214 Wainwrights, Peak Bagging: Wainwrights is the indispensable guide to this British hill challenge.
Karen and Dan Parker have been regularly running and walking in the Lake District fells for the last 30 years and have been keen orienteers for the last 40 years.
Karen is the current British age-group champion and a former international orienteer, and in his twenties and thirties Dan has ran the elite class in many mountain marathons, winning the LAMM elite course in 1996.
They also design mountain marathon courses and had a hand in creating the most efficient Wainwrights route which Steve Birkinshaw used to great effect in 2014 when he broke Joss Naylor’s long-standing record.
Karen and Dan have both done the renowned Bob Graham Round, visiting 42 fells in the Lake District in under 24 hours, and they have also completed all of the Munros in Scotland. Karen has also completed the 67-kilometre Joss Naylor Challenge.
They live in the Lowther Valley near Penrith.
- Title: Peak Bagging: Wainwrights
- Subtitle: 45 routes designed to complete all 214 of Wainwright's Lake District fells in the most efficient way
- Author: Karen & Dan Parker
- Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
- ISBN: 978-1-83981-102-9
- Rights: World
- Publication date: 11 November 2021
- Edition: First
- Size: 229mm x 178mm
- Extent: 232 pages
- Cover: Paperback (flaps)
- Weight: 700g
- Retail price: £20.00
‘Karen and Dan Parker have put together 45 great routes for completing the 214 Wainwright Fells as efficiently as possible. Whether you are a walker or runner, this book will inspire you to get out onto the beautiful Lake District fells. With route maps and descriptions, timings and GPX files this is a fantastic guide for doing the Wainwright Fells.’ – Steve Birkinshaw, author of There is No Map in Hell
‘Peak Bagging: Wainwrights describes 45 interesting circular walks which will aid any avid hill walker to enjoy the wonders of all the Wainwrights. For those trying to bag all the summits efficiently, this guide provides a great way to plan these adventures detailing a route, where to park or how to get there by public transport and, most importantly, where to eat your well-earned cake!’ – Sabrina Verjee, record-breaking fell runner
‘This book is really well put together by a couple who have obviously, once you start to read the book, done their research into the best way to tick off all the summits of Alfred Wainwright’s seven pictorial Lakeland guidebooks. The book has everything you need to summit all the 214 tops, from car parking to places to eat, plus details on a route – everything is there to assist the peak bagger ticking off a Wainwright (or two or three). Not forgetting fantastic pictures of the areas you will be visiting. There are 45 routes to choose from, with some going on famous Lake District routes such as the Dunmail Loop taking you on part of the Bob Graham, including the drop off Seat Sandal and then up Steel Fell. Good luck on that one. Part reference, part guide, part coffee table book, Peak Bagging Wainwrights is a good book to assist you in your endeavours to bag all the tops.’ – Joss Naylor MBE, record-breaking fell runner
‘This superbly illustrated book will inspire you to undertake an iconic British mountain challenge, and with all its glorious detail it will allow you to plan and complete it at your own pace. Whether for the full peak bagging challenge or ideas for forty-five stunning routes and adventures that link 214 peaks together, this is now my go-to book for walking and running the Wainwrights.’ – Lisa Drewe, author of England & Wales Island Bagging
‘This beautifully presented, well-researched guide is inspirational and would make a perfect gift not only for anyone who is considering the best way to “bag” all 214 Wainwrights in the most efficient way, but for anyone who loves the Lake District and is just wanting to plan an enjoyable day out on the fells.’ – Linda Hepworth, NB Magazine