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Helvellyn & Fairfield Horseshoe from Patterdale
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Photo from the walk - Helvellyn & Fairfield Horseshoe from Patterdale

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Eastern Fells

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Stephen Starkey

Length - 13.0 miles / 21.1 km

Ascent - 5280 feet / 1600 metres

Time - 11 hours 50 minutes

Grade - very hard

A strenuous Lake Distric walk that includes 7 Wainwrights. Visiting the summits of Catstye Cam, Helvellyn, Fairfield, St Sunday Crag and other adjacent fells, this is an excellent day of Lakeland fellwalking. However it is a long day in the fells so allow ample time to complete the route. Wainwrights included in this walk are - Catstycam, Dollwaggon Pike, Fairfield, Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, St Sunday Crag. A GPS File is available for download (see walk description). A route profile is also provided.

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Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

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