Author: Stephen Goodwin
Paperback publication date: 04 Jan 2018
Paperback ISBN: 9781911342281
Winter Walks in the Lake District is a collection of enjoyable walks and easy winter climbs designed to make the most of the winter conditions that regularly descend on the Lake District. Local author Stephen Goodwin has selected his favourite cold-weather outings, which all share the magic and exhilaration that snow or even a hoar frost brings to the Lakeland fells. The routes include accessible jaunts up Gowbarrow, High Rigg and Latrigg, Keswick’s ‘house mountain’ – an ideal spot to survey the snow cover on the bigger tops to the south; ascents of Helvellyn from the east and west, via classic and lesser-known ridgelines, or graded climbs on Browncove Crags and Nethermost Pike; high-level horseshoes above Haweswater and Langdale; and, of course, ascents of the classics – Scafell Pike, Blencathra, Great End – although not necessarily by the most travelled routes. Alongside advice on winter conditions and kit, each of the routes in this book features detailed introductions and directions, Ordnance Survey 1:25,000-scale maps, photo topos for the graded winter climbs where appropriate, and local information such as the best pubs and cafes.
Stephen Goodwin is the author of Lake District Climbs and Scrambles (2015, Vertebrate Publishing) and Day Walks in the Lake District (2009, Vertebrate Publishing). At the turn of the millennium after a career as a political journalist on The Independent and The Times, he quit the surreal ‘Westminster village’ for a real village in Cumbria. For ten years (2004–2013) he was editor of the Alpine Journal, the oldest mountaineering journal in the world, while also freelance writing on travel, the environment and just a dash of politics. A climber and ski-mountaineer, in 1998 he reached the south summit of Everest, filing an award-winning diary to The Independent. Since then he has returned to the Himalaya most years, as well as climbing, trekking and ski-touring in the Alps, Andes, Turkey and Norway. Most of all though, he loves getting out on his home turf, the English Lake District.
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