The Eastern Fells

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The Eastern Fells are those that sit to the east of the busy Keswick to Ambleside road, and to the west of Ullswater.

Up amongst those fells you will find Fairfield with it's famous (or infamous) horeshoe, and the ever so mighty Helvellyn.

Wainwright bag count: 27 out of 35

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

A St Sunday Crag Horseshoe

A horseshoe shaped walk that takes in Fairfield, that starts at Patterdale and takes in St Sunday Crag? This is the one.

Gowbarrow Fell with a baby

A walk up Gowbarrow Fell, with a small child who spent most of it asleep.

Helvellyn, two pikes and a sandal

Helvellyn has to be the star of the Eastern Fells. It's certainly the highest. But where to go after it? Well, why not visit Dollywagon Pike, Nethermost Pike and Seat Sandal?

One More Around Hartsop

Some nice fells near the hamlet of Hartsop.

Rained off from going beyond Low Pike

A greater walk was abandoned due to rain. Still, one fell did at least get a visit.

Raising the Dodds

The plan was to go to Helvellyn. The plan didn’t happen due to snow. Instead I went up White Side, then to Raise and did three Dodds.

Red Screes and Friends

What do you mean you've never heard of Red Screes? I mean, it's there, overlooking the Kirkstone Pass Inn! It's right next to the firm favourites of Little Hart Crag and Middle Dodd!

The Fairfield Horseshoe

The classic eight fell walk.

Up Stone Arthur and down again

Want to extend the Fairfield Horsehoe by one extra fell? Add Stone Arthur into the mix. Want to do it properly? Spend an afternoon on just this delightful fell.

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

High Hartsop Dodd

Published 2 April 2023

A fell or just a point on a ridge?

Hartsop above How

Published 17 December 2017

A hill overlooking the village of How? No. Not quite…

St Sunday Crag

Published 10 December 2017

The fell with a strangely religious name.


Published 3 December 2017

The overlooked one that doesn’t really suggest much of a reason not to overlook it.

Arnison Crag

Published 26 November 2017

Only a mile’s walk from Patterdale, but oh what a view!

Stone Arthur

Published 30 September 2015

A quick tour up and down Grasmere’s hidden gem of a fell.

Seat Sandal

Published 23 September 2015

The final of four fells visited on a tour of the Helvellyn range.

Dollywagon Pike

Published 17 September 2015

The third of four fells visited on a tour of the Helvellyn range.

Nethermost Pike

Published 15 September 2015

The second of four fells visited on a tour of the Helvellyn range.


Published 9 September 2015

The first of four fells visited on a tour of the Helvellyn range, and the third highest fell in England.

Little Hart Crag

Published 3 September 2015

The third fell of three on a tour of Red Screes and its neighbours.

Middle Dodd

Published 1 September 2015

The second fell of three on a tour of Red Screes and its neighbours.

Red Screes

Published 27 August 2015

The first fell of three on a tour of Red Screes and its neighbours.

Great Dodd

Published 28 May 2014

The third and final Dodd.

Watson’s Dodd

Published 22 May 2014

A most curious Dodd, named after person or persons unknown.

Stybarrow Dodd

Published 20 May 2014

The first of the Dodds.


Published 13 May 2014

A simple name for an usually rocky fell.

White Side

Published 7 May 2014

A jaunt up Helvellyn gets canned, and White Side fell becomes the star.

Gowbarrow Fell

Published 20 August 2013

Sam visits his first fell top; the small but perfectly formed Gowbarrow Fell in the Eastern part of the Lakes

High Pike (Scandale)

Published 13 August 2013

The seventh fell on the Horseshoe, and my last new fell of the day.

Dove Crag

Published 8 August 2013

A simple stroll for the Fairfield Horsehoe’s sixth fell top.

Hart Crag

Published 6 August 2013

Fairfield may have been and gone but fell five on the Fairfield Horseshoe is still there for the visiting.


Published 1 August 2013

The crown of the Fairfield Horseshoe.

Great Rigg

Published 30 July 2013

The one just before Fairfield, and completely dominated by it.

Heron Pike

Published 25 July 2013

It’s not a pike, and there’s no herons on it.

Nab Scar

Published 23 July 2013

The first step of eight on the Fairfield Horsehoe

Low Pike

Published 4 November 2011

Setting out with the knowledge you’re going to get drenched perhaps isn’t the best way to head off up to Low Pike but it was just the way it was going to be.

Also about The Eastern Fells

What we need is a great big cairn on top

Published 23 August 2015

Don’t like photos of cairns on fell tops? Blame a Grand Canyon ranger.

A finely balanced cairn

Published 14 December 2014

Cairn builders of the world, we salute you.

Checking my Wainwright

Published 1 June 2014

On the side of Great Dodd.

Video Sliding in the snow on the side of Raise

Published 15 May 2014

Snow on a fell side, blocking the path? Just what is a walker to do?

Video The Great Wall of Low Pike

Published 15 August 2013

Walk on the Fairfield Horseshoe and you’ll find a wall. A big wall. A great wall in fact.