The Outlying Fells of Lakeland

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Beacon Fell, looking across Beacon Tarn.

The Outlying Fells of Lakeland is a book written by Alfred Wainwright, dealing with hills in and around the Lake District of England. It differs from Wainwright's Pictorial Guides in that each of its 56 chapters describes a walk, sometimes taking in several summits, rather than a single fell. This has caused some confusion on the part of authors attempting to prepare a definitive list of peaks. The Outlying Fells do not form part of the 214 hills generally accepted as comprising the Wainwrights, but they are included in Category 2B of the Hill Walkers Register[1] maintained by the Long Distance Walkers Association.[2]

The arrangement of chapters in the book is clockwise starting in the south east, with the first chapter devoted to Scout Scar, a walk starting at Kendal Town Hall.

The list at the back of Wainwright's book contains 110 named fells and summits. Close inspection shows seven of them to refer to other hills in the list, while Newton Fell has two summits. Thus:

  • Cartmel Fell is the same as Ravens Barrow (page 42).
  • Hollow Moor is the summit of Green Quarter Fell (page 14).
  • Hooker Crag is the summit of Muncaster fell (page 186).
  • Newton Fell includes Newton Fell (North) and Newton Fell (South) (page 53).
  • Potter Fell is the name given to the hill whose summits are Brunt Knotts and Ulgraves (page 8).
  • Lord's Seat is the summit of Whitbarrow (page 36).
  • Williamson's Monument is the same as High Knott (page 18).
  • Woodland Fell is the name of the moor of which Yew Bank and Wool Knott are high points (page 102).

The addition of the 12 nameless summits brings the number of Wainwright's Outlying Fells to 116. This is 14 more than the 102 hills listed in John M. Turner's New Combined Indexes to A. Wainwright's Pictorial Guides (second edition, Lingdales Press, 1984). Turner's list omits two tops explicitly mentioned in the book (St. John's Hill and Newton Fell South) and the 12 nameless summits, and it contains many inaccuracies.[3]

A second edition of the book, revised by Chris Jesty, was published by Frances Lincoln in 2011 (ISBN 978-0-7112-3175-7). It maintains the same format but uses red to highlight paths on the route diagrams, and includes updated content (eg for Staveley Fell where Jesty says (p.49) "There must be many people who, encouraged ... by the first edition of this book, have turned left and ... been turned back by an uncrossable fence." before providing an alternative route.)

Highest and lowest[edit]

The highest three summits listed by Wainwright are:

The lowest summits are:

List of summits[edit]

The list below has been arranged in alphabetical order rather than height in order to align as far as possible with the list at the back of Wainwright's book. Summits are listed by the name used in the Database of British and Irish Hills,[4] with cross-references from other summit names used by Wainwright to the entries in this table. Each summit appears only once, with height and grid reference. The "page" column allows the list to be sorted into Wainwright's order of chapters, which is roughly geographical, moving clockwise round the area from Kendal in the east.

Summit Height
(m)
Relative
height
(m)
Grid ref. Chapter Page
Bannisdale Fell, Long Crag 493 32 NY515054 The Bannisdale Horseshoe 260
Beacon Fell 255 128 SD278907 Beacon Fell 98
Bigland Barrow 193 23 SD363839 Bigland Barrow 70
Black Combe 600 362 SD135854 Black Combe 162
Blawith Knott 248 88 SD260884 Blawith Knott 108
Boat How 337 81 NY177034 Boat How 178
Brant Fell 191 65 SD409961 Brant Fell 34
Brunt Knott 427 21 NY484006 Potter Fell 8
Buck Barrow 549 72 SD151910 Whit Fell 156
Burn Moor 543 23 SD151924 Whit Fell 156
Burney 298 111 SD260858 Burney 112
Caermote Hill 289 59 NY196371 Caermote Hill 206
Capplebarrow 513 21 NY508035 The Bannisdale Horseshoe 260
Carron Crag 314 66 SD325943 Carron Crag 88
Cartmel Fell see Raven's Barrow Cartmel Fell 42
Caw 529 132 SD230944 Caw 120
Claife Heights 270 177 SD382973 Claife Heights 80
Clints Crags 245 10 NY159352 Clints Crags 204
Cold Fell 293 83 NY058092 Cold Fell 196
Cunswick Scar 207 37 SD491943 Scout Scar 2
Dent 345 5 NY037130 Flat Fell and Dent 198
Dunmallet 240 80 NY467246 Dunmallet 214
Dunnerdale Fells 280 12 SD207918 Dunnerdale Fells 132
Faulds Brow 344 26 NY299407 Faulds Brow 210
Fewling Stones 508 11 NY513117 Seat Robert 236
Finsthwaite Heights 180 0 SD361883 Finsthwaite Fell 74
Flat Fell 272 74 NY052137 Flat Fell and Dent 198
The Forest, Bannisdale Horseshoe 3 528 40 NY527035 The Bannisdale Horseshoe 260
Grandsire 251 80 SD432972 School Knott 30
Great Ladstones 440 1 NY532123 Seat Robert 236
Great Saddle Crag 560 2 NY526086 The Wet Sleddale Horseshoe 242
Great Stickle 305 27 SD211915 Stickle Pike 126
Great Worm Crag 427 32 SD193968 Great Worm Crag 136
Great Yarlside 591 6 NY525075 The Wasdale Horseshoe 248
Green Pikes 420 4 SD236950 Caw 120
Gummer's How 321 217 SD390884 Gummer's How 44
Hampsfell 220 1 SD399793 Hampsfell 58
Hare Shaw 503 13 NY497131 The Naddle Horseshoe 224
Harper Hills 414 4 NY510144 The Naddle Horseshoe 224
Hesk Fell 477 100 SD176946 Hesk Fell 140
Heughscar Hill 375 48 NY488231 Heughscar Hill 216
High House Bank 495 80 NY543048 The Crookdale Horseshoe 254
High Knott 275 56 NY454001 High Knott 18
High Light Haw 263 13 SD303904 Top o'Selside 92
High Wether Howe 531 66 NY515109 Seat Robert 236
Hollow Moor, Green Quarter Fell 426 78 NY468039 Green Quarter Fell 14
Hooker Crag see Muncaster Fell Muncaster Fell 186
Howes 583 3 NY498103 Howes 230
Hugh's Laithes Pike 415 2 NY502151 The Naddle Horseshoe 224
Hugill Fell 265 11 SD462994 Hugill Fell 22
Humphrey Head 53 42 SD391738 Humphrey Head 66
Irton Pike 229 25 NY120015 Irton Pike 182
Kinmont Buck Barrow 535 25 SD146909 Whit Fell 156
Knipescar Common, Knipe Scar 342 8 NY526191 Knipescar Common 220
The Knott, Stainton Pike 331 21 SD143951 Stainton Pike 150
The Knott, Stickle Pike 284 24 SD224919 Stickle Pike 126
Lamb Pasture 367 28 NY534021 The Bannisdale Horseshoe 260
Langhowe Pike 400 10 NY528134 Seat Robert 236
Latterbarrow 244 44 SD367991 Latterbarrow 84
Little Yarlside 516 9 NY530071 The Wasdale Horseshoe 248
Long Crag see Bannisdale Fell, Long Crag The Bannisdale Horseshoe 260
Lord's Seat, High House Fell 524 36 NY518066 The Crookdale Horseshoe 254
Lord's Seat, Whitbarrow see Whitbarrow Whitbarrow 36
Low Light Haw 250 16 SD301900 Top o'Selside 92
Muncaster Fell, Hooker Crag 231 194 SD112983 Muncaster Fell 186
Nabs Moor 492 2 NY503111 Howes 230
Naddle High Forest, Naddle Horseshoe 1 435 28 NY492143 The Naddle Horseshoe 224
Newton Fell North 239 0 SD395842 Newton Fell 52
Newton Fell South, Dixon Heights 177 37 SD413815 Newton Fell 52
Orrest Head 238 63 SD414993 Orrest Head 26
The Pike, Hesk Fell 370 72 SD186934 Hesk Fell 140
Pikes 469 41 SD237947 Caw 120
Ponsonby Fell 315 34 NY081070 Ponsonby Fell 192
Raven's Barrow, Cartmel Fell 152 0 SD412879 Cartmel Fell 42
Raven's Crag 361 28 SD223929 Stickle Pike 126
Reston Scar 255 20 SD460988 Reston Scar 24
Robin Hood 493 30 NY530058 The Crookdale Horseshoe 254
Rough Crag 319 70 SD161977 The Circuit of Devoke Water 144
St. John's Hill, Caermote Hill N top 285 7 NY196376 Caermote Hill 206
Scalebarrow Knott 338 9 NY519153 The Naddle Horseshoe 224
School Knott 247 32 SD428967 School Knott 30
Scout Scar 233 3 SD486919 Scout Scar 2
Seat How, Birker Moor 311 58 SD165971 The Circuit of Devoke Water 144
Seat Robert 515 30 NY526114 Seat Robert 236
Setmurthy Common see Watch Hill, Setmurthy Common Watch Hill 202
Sleddale Pike 506 6 NY535094 The Wet Sleddale Horseshoe 242
Stainton Pike 498 20 SD152942 Stainton Pike 150
Staveley Fell 265 37 SD389868 Staveley Fell 48
Stickle Pike 375 116 SD212928 Stickle Pike 126
Stoupdale Head 472 26 SD151873 Black Combe 162
Swinklebank Crag, Bannisdale Horseshoe 2 554 46 NY500049 The Bannisdale Horseshoe 260
Tarn Hill 313 30 SD209921 Stickle Pike 126
Todd Fell 401 21 NY512020 The Bannisdale Horseshoe 260
Top o'Selside 334 5 SD308918 Top o'Selside 92
Tottlebank Height 236 26 SD269885 Blawith Knott 108
Ulgraves 333 31 SD511996 Potter Fell 8
Ulthwaite Rigg 502 2 NY514093 The Wet Sleddale Horseshoe 242
Wallow Crag, Naddle Horseshoe 2 435 29 NY496149 The Naddle Horseshoe 224
Walna Scar 621 15 SD257963 Walna Scar 114
Wasdale Pike 565 5 NY536084 The Wasdale Horseshoe 248
Watch Hill 235 3 NY149318 Watch Hill 202
Watch Hill, Setmurthy Common 254 157 NY159318 Watch Hill 202
Water Crag 305 37 SD153974 The Circuit of Devoke Water 144
Whatshaw Common 485 66 NY541061 The Wasdale Horseshoe 248
Whitbarrow (Lord's Seat) 215 182 SD441870 Whitbarrow 36
White Combe 417 4 SD154862 Black Combe 162
White Howe, Bannisdale 530 73 NY523041 The Bannisdale Horseshoe 260
White Pike, Birkby Fell 442 17 SD150956 The Circuit of Devoke Water 144
Whiteside Pike 397 47 NY520015 The Bannisdale Horseshoe 260
Whitfell 573 221 SD158929 Whit Fell 156
Williamson's Monument see High Knott High Knott 18
Woodend Height 487 11 SD156954 The Circuit of Devoke Water 144
Wool Knott 223 53 SD272896 Woodland Fell 102
Yew Bank 207 17 SD262909 Woodland Fell 102
Yoadcastle 494 57 SD156952 The Circuit of Devoke Water 144
nameless, Bannisdale Horseshoe 1 see Swinklebank Crag The Bannisdale Horseshoe 260
nameless, Bannisdale Horseshoe 2 - Ancrow Brow N 541 16 NY503059 The Bannisdale Horseshoe 260
nameless, Bannisdale Horseshoe 3 see The Forest The Bannisdale Horseshoe 260
nameless, Green Quarter Fell 411 11 NY473042 Green Quarter Fell 14
nameless, Naddle Horseshoe 1 see Naddle High Forest The Naddle Horseshoe 224
nameless, Naddle Horseshoe 2 see Wallow Crag The Naddle Horseshoe 224
nameless, Naddle Horseshoe 3 395 7 NY505152 The Naddle Horseshoe 224
nameless, Potter Fell 1 395 27 SD489998 Potter Fell 8
nameless, Potter Fell 2 390 45 NY496003 Potter Fell 8
nameless, School Knott 247 32 SD428967 School Knott 30
Stickle Pike 126
nameless, Top o'Selside, Brock Barrow 221 3 SD298898 Top o'Selside 92

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hill Walkers Register
  2. ^ Long Distance Walkers Association
  3. ^ For more up-to-date heights, grid references and other data, see the Database of British and Irish Hills
  4. ^ "Version 12.1". Database of British and Irish Hills. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 

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