Why Might You Want A Guide?

  1. You're coming to Lakeland and aren't sure of the best places to go.
  2. You know where you want to go but aren't sure of a route.
  3. You can't get to the start of your route.
  4. You want to be sure your route is safe.
  5. You want to find quiet routes away from the crowds.
  6. You don't want to waste time unsure of where you are, having to struggle with maps in the wind.
  7. You want the fells and places you can see named for you.
  8. You want to free from the worry of getting lost in bad conditions.
  9. You want to know where you're allowed to go and what you're allowed to do without spending all your holiday finding out.
  10. You're happy just to be looked after.

What the Author Can Offer

Sorry, but the guide is temporarily unavailable but if he were:-

The author has 40 years accident-free experience of fellwalking in Scotland, Wales, and most particularly in Lakeland. He is available to guide small groups on day walks over the Lakeland fells, generally from the beginning of April to the end of September; or outside this period during unseasonably warm weather. A typical day might include:-

  1. Collection from your accommodation and transport to your starting point.
  2. A four to eight hour walk over the Lakeland fells to suit your own abilities.
  3. Return to your accommodation.

What the Client Should Consider

A 35 litre day sack should be suitable for most conditions.
Food and Drink
The client should carry sufficient food and drink for the full day, plus some emergency rations such as chocolate, mint cake, dried fruit etc. The author takes a minimum of one litre of fluid on a cold day: two on a hot one. A source of salt is important, either in the food or drink. Salted snacks are convenient.
The client needs to be equipped with warm clothing and waterproofs. Gloves are recommended for all but the warmest summer conditions. Fabrics such as denim or chinos which soak up water and don't dry easily are unsuitable - they are potentially dangerous as a cause of hypothermia. Extra clothing should be carried for use if the client for some reason becomes immobilised.
Properly fitting, worn-in, waterproofed boots are recommended for general comfort, safety, and freedom from blisters. Trainers are generally unsuitable, and fell-running shoes are for fell runners.
A compass and suitable map are recommended. Individual members ought to be able to find their way to safety should the need occur.
Young People
Young people (under the age of 18) should be accompanied by a responsible adult. The author does not act in loco parentis.
The author is able to transport three people. Groups of more that this will require supplementary transport of their own.
The client should carry a whistle, to attract attention should they be in difficulties. The author is a fellwalker, not a climber, and will not take clients on routes as hazardous, or worse, than Sharp Edge (Blencathra) or Jack's Rake (Pavey Ark). The author will go to all reasonable lengths to ensure the safety of his clients but accepts no liability for injury, loss or damages incurred. Insurance, should he/she wish to have it, is the responsibility of the client.


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