The Central Fells

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The Central Fells are usually being described being those that lie between two areas - to the west of Borrowdale and Derwent Water, and to the east of the busy Keswick to Ambleside Road.

It's an interesting collection of fells, and includes the Langdale Pikes and High Raise.

Wainwright bag count: 27 out of 27

View Wainwrights by Walk

Read the stories of each walk I did where Wainwrights were bagged

A Jaunt Up Loughrigg

When you've arrived in Ambleside and have a few hours to kill, what do you do? It's most famous fell, obviously.

A Ridiculous Central Fells Adventure

Two fells, a very long walk, then another two fells. Is that really a good idea?

An Ullscarf Horseshoe

Borrowdale is a fantastic spot, and what better way to spend the day in the area than wandering around Ullscarf and its neighbours?

Grange Fell and the Bowder Stone

A small fell with three summits, that you can do easily in a circular walk whilst also seeing a large stone boulder!

High Raise and friends

Some of the lesser known Langdale fells, mostly surrounding High Raise.

High Rigg with a baby

A tiny little fell with a big sounding name.

Lost on Tarn Crag

What was supposed to be a bit of a quick, cheeky fell.

Steel Fell and Calf Crag

A two fell walk of fells near Grasmere.

The Langdale Pikes

The classic five fell walk in Great Langdale.

Two High To Go

September 2020 and after months of lockdowns I was in the Lake District for six days, starting with a first day of walking taking in High Seat and High Tove.

Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell

One of the finest Central Fells with one of the dreariest.

View Wainwrights by Name

Want to plunge in and just read about a particular fell? This is the section to look at.

Helm Crag

Published 5 March 2023

The iconic fell beloved by all who visit Grasmere.

Gibson Knott

Published 26 February 2023

An epic walk to visit a lovely fell not fr from Grasmere.

Armboth Fell

Published 19 February 2023

The fell Wainwright said of which “Walkers may justifiably consider its ascent a waste of precious time and energy.”

Raven Crag

Published 12 February 2023

The heavily wooded fell with a spectacular view of Thirlmere Reservoir.

Tarn Crag (Easedale)

Published 28 February 2021

Sitting alone overlooking Easedale Tarn is Tarn Crag, a fell that offers splendid views, glorious scenery, and so much more.

High Tove

Published 15 November 2020

From High Seat to High Tove on a ridge route apparently not to wish on your worst enemy.

High Seat

Published 8 November 2020

With stunning views of Derwent Water, High Seat is definitely one of the jewels of the Central Fells.

Great Crag

Published 12 July 2020

Spoiler. This fell, near Borrowdale, isn’t as great as its name suggests.


Published 28 June 2020

A rather grassy lump that provides the very definition of the Central Fells.

Sergeant’s Crag

Published 14 June 2020

A walk to a fell alongside a wall. With lots of heather.

Eagle Crag

Published 31 May 2020

The fell that looks like a ball of clay has been thrown on top of another ball of clay.

Grange Fell

Published 17 May 2020

The fell walk where you can combine a great view, with a visit to a giant boulder with a ladder on it.

Bleaberry Fell

Published 25 August 2015

Heather is never quite as nice as Enid Blyton made it out to be.

Walla Crag

Published 19 August 2015

Not much to look at from the ground, but Walla Crag certainly provides a grand viewpoint.

High Raise (Langdale)

Published 25 June 2014

It’s high and it’s raised up. It can only be High Raise!

Sergeant Man

Published 18 June 2014

Attention! What are you looking at you ugly little man? The view? You call that a view? I’ll show you a view.

Blea Rigg

Published 11 June 2014

A fell with a mighty view on the way.

Silver How

Published 4 June 2014

The little fell that nearly didn’t get visited.

Calf Crag

Published 19 September 2013

All the dubbin in the world is going to struggle to keep your boots dry if there’s a crack in the leather.

Steel Fell

Published 17 September 2013

The rain’s pelting down as I ascend one of the fells which overlooks Grasmere.

High Rigg

Published 10 September 2013

A dinky little fell with no ridge routes at all. But a fine view.

Thunacar Knott

Published 5 September 2013

Memorable fell? Nah. Memorable descent? Very much so.

Pavey Ark

Published 3 September 2013

Not really a fell, but is it a Langdale Pike?

Harrison Stickle

Published 29 August 2013

The main event of the Langdale Pikes

Pike O’Stickle

Published 27 August 2013

The only Wainwright fell that looks like the result of a giant throwing clay on the ground?

Loft Crag

Published 22 August 2013

It’s time to hit the Langdale Pikes – starting with the third one.

Loughrigg Fell

Published 22 September 2011

What do you do if you arrive in Ambleside early in the afternoon and just can’t wait to do some fell walking? Well you do Loughrigg Fell.

Also about The Central Fells

Completing all the Wainwrights in the Central Fells

Published 12 March 2023

Summing up the now completed Central Fells.

Need to stop dreaming of the Lake District.

Published 3 October 2021

n we decided to move out of London in 2014, I spent some time wondering whether I could somehow get a job somewhere like Kendal and live a lot closer.

The stone bridge of Watendlath

Published 22 November 2020

Watendlath Packhorse Bridge is a cracking bridge. But please don’t visit it. I’d rather like to keep it to myself if it’s all the same.

The autumnal colours of Borrowdale

Published 2 August 2020

Browns, rusts, golds and more. In the right place, autumn looks amazing.

Looking for a dungeon? In Australia?

Published 19 April 2011

Sorry Bing, but I’m after a famous pub in Cumbria where grizzled mountain walkers all congregate telling tales of Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags, and not a dungeon in the Australian town of Ghyll…