Walking the Wainwrights at Home

Miss the mountains? Staying at home? Climbing the Wainwrights is great exercise, invigorating and good for the soul. How about walking the Wainwrights at home?

Cat Bells - My last Wainwright
Cat Bells – When meeting people was OK!

Walking the Wainwrights

I started to climb the 214 Wainwright fells in 2015 with my son Jack on Wansfell. Wansfell is a little hill in the Far Eastern Fells of the Lake District. It took a few hours up and down.

Walking every Wainwright is a significant achievement. Mostly, all we see on Facebook groups are photos on the summit announcing the conquest. The 214 Wainwright fells are more than that.

Everyone celebrates the summit, the achievement, but not everyone celebrates the stress that’s been shed, the physical release, the time alone, meditation, spiritual gain, weight loss, getting fit and the strengthening of your heart and lungs.

These benefits have never been so important, and with COVID-19 lockdown, they’ve never been so unavailable.

During my three years completing the 214 Wainwrights, I had amazing adventures, got fit again and lost three stone. I celebrated being alive, made great friends and wild camped on summits. I crossed rivers, battled snow-storms, slept in bothies and caves, became a Mountain Leader and started a hiking company.

Stay at home

Now, we’re told to stay at home. The Lake District National Park is closed for the first time since it, and the right to roam in it, was open to the public in 1952.

What do we do? Run around the field at the back of the house, or buy some dumbells?

Mountains at home

While we sit on the sofa eating Cheetos, unbeknownst to us, there are mountains in our homes.

Near the chimney sits Helvellyn. Just to the side stands Skiddaw. At the end of that corridor or through a door hides Scafell Pike.

Just over two metres tall, the tallest of mountains are waiting for you in your hallway.

The best chance of you climbing a mountain, without looking over your shoulder, is climbing your stairs. Even climbing Everest is possible up the fourteen steps that take you to bed every night. But who needs Everest when we have Great Mell Fell and Great Gable, Great Sca Fell and Scafell Pike.

We don’t know how long this Coronavirus Lockdown is going to keep us away from our beloved Wainwrights. I say, let’s start climbing our very own mountains, in our homes.

Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells

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Wainwright’s Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells describes the Wainwright fells in great detail and shows you all of the ascents possible. There’s a description of each summit and attractions you can find when you explore.

Walking the Wainwrights at home

Mountains at home

I have 14 stairs in my house, and each one of them is 205mm high (0.205 m). From the hallway to the landing is 2.87 m (14 x 0.205). That’s easy to work out.

Castle Crag, my favourite little Wainwright, according to Alfred Wainwright, is 700ft (213m) of ascent by Wainwright’s reckoning. So, ascending Castle Crag will take 74 flights of stairs.

At the other end of the spectrum, Scafell Pike from Wasdale, via Lord’s Rake, is 3000ft (914m) and that would take a whopping 318 flights!

You can work out the height of your stairs using the calculation above or just work off my table below (my stairs are quite average).

Taking on the challenge

Why not start today with Latrigg from the car park at only 24 flights and celebrate with your summit photo.

Catbells is only 133 flights, how long will that take you?

The Wainwright Fells of the Lake District Tick List

Record your Wainwrights at home

Over the whole lock-down, see how many Wainwrights you can summit. Can you make the 318 flights and summit Scafell Pike?

Why not get yourself a Wainwrights tick list and tick them off as you summit each one at home?

Some Wainwright at home suggestions

LatriggNorthern Fells24
Little Mell FellEastern Fells43
Castle CragNorth Western Fells74
Lord’s SeatNorth Western Fells85
Rannerdale KnottsNorth Western Fells90
Baystones [Wansfell]Far Eastern Fells117
CatbellsNorth Western Fells133
Carrock FellNorthern Fells149
HaystacksWestern Fells165
Place FellFar Eastern Fells181
Great GableWestern Fells207
Pike O’ BliscoSouthern Fells223
Blencathra (Hallsfell Top)Northern Fells239
FairfieldEastern Fells255
The Old Man of ConistonSouthern Fells260
HelvellynEastern Fells292
Scafell PikeSouthern Fells319
Wainwrights by flights of stairs – I’ll add to this tomorrow
Pillar and Great Gable from Ling Mell in Winter

Share your summit photos

Post your summit selfies on the Walking The Wainwrights Facebook group and let us know how you’re getting on.

Walking The Wainwrights on Facebook

List of Wainwrights by height

This is the official list of the 214 Wainwrights summit height above sea level from the database of British and Irish hills.

1Scafell PikeSouthern Fells978NY215072
2ScafellSouthern Fells964NY206064
3HelvellynEastern Fells950NY342151
4SkiddawNorthern Fells931NY260290
5Great EndSouthern Fells910NY226083
6BowfellSouthern Fells903NY244064
7Great GableWestern Fells899NY211103
8PillarWestern Fells892NY171121
9Nethermost PikeEastern Fells891NY343142
10Catstye CamEastern Fells890NY348158
11Esk PikeSouthern Fells885NY236075
12RaiseEastern Fells883NY342174
13FairfieldEastern Fells873NY358117
14Blencathra (Hallsfell Top)Northern Fells868NY323277
15Skiddaw Little ManNorthern Fells865NY266277
16White SideEastern Fells863NY337166
17Crinkle Crags (Long Top)Southern Fells859NY248048
18Dollywaggon PikeEastern Fells858NY346130
19Great DoddEastern Fells857NY342205
20GrasmoorNorth Western Fells852NY174203
21Stybarrow DoddEastern Fells843NY343189
22Scoat FellWestern Fells841NY159113
23St Sunday CragEastern Fells841NY369133
24Crag Hill [Eel Crag]North Western Fells839NY192203
25High StreetFar Eastern Fells828NY440110
26Red Pike (Wasdale)Western Fells826NY165106
27Hart CragEastern Fells822NY369112
28SteepleWestern Fells819NY157116
29LingmellSouthern Fells807NY209081
30High StileWestern Fells806NY167147
31The Old Man of ConistonSouthern Fells802SD272978
32Swirl HowSouthern Fells802NY272005
33Kirk FellWestern Fells802NY194104
34High Raise (High Street)Far Eastern Fells802NY448134
35Green GableWestern Fells801NY214107
36HaycockWestern Fells797NY144107
37Brim FellSouthern Fells796SD270985
38Rampsgill HeadFar Eastern Fells792NY443128
39Dove CragEastern Fells792NY374104
40Grisedale PikeNorth Western Fells791NY198225
41Watson’s DoddEastern Fells789NY335195
42Allen CragsSouthern Fells785NY236085
43Great CarrsSouthern Fells785NY270009
44Thornthwaite CragFar Eastern Fells784NY431100
45GlaramaraSouthern Fells783NY245104
46Kidsty PikeFar Eastern Fells780NY447125
47Harter Fell (Mardale)Far Eastern Fells779NY459093
48Dow CragSouthern Fells778SD262977
49Red ScreesEastern Fells776NY396087
50SailNorth Western Fells773NY198202
51Grey FriarSouthern Fells773NY260003
52WandopeNorth Western Fells772NY188197
53Hopegill HeadNorth Western Fells770NY185221
54Great RiggEastern Fells766NY355104
55Caudale MoorFar Eastern Fells763NY417100
56WetherlamSouthern Fells763NY288011
57High Raise [Langdale]Central Fells762NY280095
58Slight SideSouthern Fells762NY209050
59Mardale Ill BellFar Eastern Fells760NY447101
60Ill BellFar Eastern Fells757NY436077
61Hart SideEastern Fells756NY359197
62Red Pike (Buttermere)Western Fells755NY160154
63Dale HeadNorth Western Fells753NY222153
64Carl SideNorthern Fells746NY254280
65High Crag (Buttermere)Western Fells744NY180139
66The Knott (High Street)Far Eastern Fells739NY437126
67RobinsonNorth Western Fells737NY201168
68Seat SandalEastern Fells737NY344115
69Harrison StickleCentral Fells736NY281074
70Sergeant ManCentral Fells736NY286088
71Long SideNorthern Fells734NY248284
72Kentmere PikeFar Eastern Fells730NY465077
73HindscarthNorth Western Fells727NY215165
74UllscarfCentral Fells726NY291121
75Clough HeadEastern Fells726NY333225
76Thunacar KnottCentral Fells723NY279079
77FroswickFar Eastern Fells720NY435085
78Birkhouse MoorEastern Fells718NY363159
79Lonscale FellNorthern Fells715NY285271
80BrandrethWestern Fells715NY214119
81BranstreeFar Eastern Fells713NY478099
82KnottNorthern Fells710NY296329
83Pike of StickleCentral Fells709NY273073
84Whiteside [West Top]North Western Fells707NY170219
85YokeFar Eastern Fells706NY437067
86Pike O’ BliscoSouthern Fells705NY271042
87Bowscale FellNorthern Fells702NY333305
88Cold PikeSouthern Fells701NY262036
89Pavey ArkCentral Fells700NY284079
90Gray CragFar Eastern Fells699NY427117
91Grey KnottsWestern Fells697NY217125
92Caw FellWestern Fells697NY132109
93Rest DoddFar Eastern Fells696NY432136
94SeatallanWestern Fells692NY140084
95Ullock PikeNorthern Fells690NY244287
96Great CalvaNorthern Fells690NY290311
97Bannerdale CragsNorthern Fells683NY335290
98Loft CragCentral Fells680NY277071
99Sheffield PikeEastern Fells675NY369181
100BakestallNorthern Fells673NY266308
101Scar CragsNorth Western Fells672NY208206
102Loadpot HillFar Eastern Fells672NY456180
103Wether HillFar Eastern Fells671NY455167
104Tarn Crag (Sleddale)Far Eastern Fells664NY488078
105Carrock FellNorthern Fells663NY341336
106Whiteless PikeNorth Western Fells660NY180189
107High Pike (Caldbeck)Northern Fells658NY318350
108Place FellFar Eastern Fells657NY405169
109High Pike (Scandale)Eastern Fells656NY374088
110Selside PikeFar Eastern Fells655NY490111
111Middle DoddEastern Fells654NY397095
112Harter Fell (Eskdale)Southern Fells654SD218997
113High SpyNorth Western Fells653NY234162
114Great Sca FellNorthern Fells651NY291339
115Rossett PikeSouthern Fells651NY249075
116Fleetwith PikeWestern Fells649NY205141
117Base BrownWestern Fells646NY225114
118Grey Crag [Sleddale]Far Eastern Fells638NY497072
119Causey PikeNorth Western Fells637NY218208
120Little Hart Crag WEastern Fells637NY387100
121Starling DoddWestern Fells633NY142157
122Mungrisdale CommonNorthern Fells633NY310292
123YewbarrowWestern Fells627NY173084
124BirksEastern Fells622NY380143
125Hartsop DoddFar Eastern Fells618NY411118
126Great BorneWestern Fells616NY123163
127Heron PikeEastern Fells612NY355083
128Illgill HeadSouthern Fells609NY168049
129High SeatCentral Fells608NY287180
130Seathwaite FellSouthern Fells601NY229101
131HaystacksWestern Fells597NY193131
132Bleaberry FellCentral Fells590NY285195
133Shipman KnottsFar Eastern Fells587NY472062
134Brae FellNorthern Fells586NY288351
135Middle FellWestern Fells582NY150072
136Ard CragsNorth Western Fells581NY206197
137Hartsop Above HowEastern Fells581NY383120
138The NabFar Eastern Fells576NY434151
139Maiden MoorNorth Western Fells575NY236181
140Blake FellWestern Fells573NY110196
141Sergeant’s CragCentral Fells571NY273113
142OutersideNorth Western Fells568NY211214
143Angletarn PikesFar Eastern Fells567NY413148
144Brock CragsFar Eastern Fells561NY416136
145Knott RiggNorth Western Fells556NY197188
146Steel FellCentral Fells553NY319111
147Lord’s SeatNorth Western Fells552NY204265
148Rosthwaite FellSouthern Fells551NY258124
149Meal FellNorthern Fells550NY283337
150Tarn Crag (Easedale)Central Fells549NY303093
151Hard KnottSouthern Fells549NY231023
152Blea RiggCentral Fells541NY301078
153Lank RiggWestern Fells541NY091119
154Calf CragCentral Fells537NY301104
155Whin RiggSouthern Fells537NY151035
156Great Mell FellEastern Fells537NY396253
157Arthur’s PikeFar Eastern Fells533NY460206
158Great CockupNorthern Fells526NY273333
159Gavel FellWestern Fells526NY116183
160Eagle CragCentral Fells525NY275121
161Bonscale PikeFar Eastern Fells524NY453200
162Crag FellWestern Fells523NY097143
163Souther FellNorthern Fells522NY354291
164High Hartsop DoddEastern Fells519NY393107
165WhinlatterNorth Western Fells517NY191251
166SallowsFar Eastern Fells516NY436039
167High ToveCentral Fells515NY289165
168MellbreakWestern Fells512NY148186
169Broom FellNorth Western Fells511NY194271
170Hen CombWestern Fells509NY132181
171Beda Fell [Beda Head]Far Eastern Fells509NY428171
172Low PikeEastern Fells508NY373078
173Little Mell FellEastern Fells505NY423240
174Stone ArthurEastern Fells504NY347092
175DoddNorthern Fells502NY244273
176Green CragSouthern Fells489SD200982
177GrikeWestern Fells488NY084140
178Baystones [Wansfell]Far Eastern Fells487NY403051
179Longlands FellNorthern Fells483NY275354
180Sour HowesFar Eastern Fells483NY427032
181Gowbarrow FellEastern Fells481NY407218
182Burnbank FellWestern Fells475NY110209
183Armboth FellCentral Fells475NY295157
184Lingmoor FellSouthern Fells470NY302046
185BarfNorth Western Fells469NY214267
186Raven CragCentral Fells461NY303187
187BarrowNorth Western Fells455NY227218
188GraystonesNorth Western Fells452NY176266
189CatbellsNorth Western Fells451NY244198
190Nab ScarEastern Fells450NY355072
191Great CragCentral Fells449NY270146
192BinseyNorthern Fells447NY225355
193Glenridding DoddEastern Fells442NY380175
194Arnison CragEastern Fells433NY393149
195Steel KnottsFar Eastern Fells432NY440181
196Low FellWestern Fells423NY137226
197BuckbarrowWestern Fells423NY135061
198Gibson KnottCentral Fells420NY316100
199FellbarrowWestern Fells416NY132242
200Grange FellCentral Fells416NY264162
201Helm CragCentral Fells405NY326093
202Silver HowCentral Fells395NY324066
203Hallin FellFar Eastern Fells388NY433198
204Walla CragCentral Fells379NY276212
205Ling FellNorth Western Fells373NY179285
206LatriggNorthern Fells368NY279247
207Troutbeck TongueFar Eastern Fells364NY422064
208Sale FellNorth Western Fells359NY194296
209High RiggCentral Fells357NY308219
210Rannerdale KnottsNorth Western Fells355NY167182
211Loughrigg FellCentral Fells335NY346051
212Black FellSouthern Fells323NY340015
213Holme FellSouthern Fells317NY315006
214Castle CragNorth Western Fells290NY249159
214 Wainwrights by height

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