Route Cards by Dan Bailey

UKH Editor Dan Bailey is a prolific contributor to the outdoor press and the author of several hillwalking and mountaineering guidebooks... Read more

Dan's Route Cards now feature on UKHillwalking.com - a diverse set of classic hill walks from all over the UK, with something to suit all tastes from half-day quickies to backpacking journeys; easy strolls to top-end scrambles; family-friendly Summer fun to gnarly Winter epics! Each Route Card has detailed information about the route in map and text form, as well as Dan's beautiful landscape photographs.


Top 10 Routes, as voted by users

Elie Chain Walk

For many years this was Britain's only via ferrata, and it's still our only free one. With its pleasant coastal setting and enjoyably non-taxing assisted clambering, the Elie Chain Walk is a unique mini day out. It's the perfect bite-sized adventure for families, or just something a bit different to do when there's...

Elie, Fife

5.65km, 150m, 2 - 3 hours

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West Highland Way 5: Bridge of Orchy - Kings House Hotel

Oban or Fort William, Strathclyde
19.55km, 491m, 6 hours
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Ben Macdui from Linn of Dee

Braemar, Invernesshire
31.23km, 1,030m, 10 hours
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Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin

Comrie or Killin, Stirlingshire
14.48km, 1,252m, 6 hours
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Bidean nam Bian's three peaks

Ballachulish (or Fort William if you want a real town), Argyll and Bute
13.86km, 1,385m, 6 hours
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Aonach Eagach, extended version

Fort William, Argyll and Bute
14.83km, 1,658m, 9 hours
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Tarmachan Ridge

Killin, Perthshire
13.64km, 842m, 5 hours
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Lakeland 3000-ers, plus a few

Keswick, Cumbria
74.43km, 4,919m, 28 hours
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Beinn Alligin Traverse

Gairloch, Ross & Cromarty
10.19km, 1,186m, 6 hours
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Ennerdale Skyline Circuit

Whitehaven, Cumbria
30.67km, 2,375m, 12 hours
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All the Routes

Below are listed all 87 of Dan's Route Cards.

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Lingmoor Fell from Elterwater

Ambleside, Cumbria
7.66km, 436m, 3 hours

Cat Bells and the Lake Shore

Keswick, Cumbria
7.1km, 445m, 3 hours

Benarty Hill

Ballingry, Kelty, Dunfermline, Glenrothes - take your pick, Fife
5.26km, 230m, 3 hours

Dumglow

Kinross or Dunfermline, Perth and Kinross
7.62km, 160m, 3 hours

Meall a' Bhuachaille and Ryvoan

Aviemore, Invernesshire
8.49km, 561m, 3 hours

Bowscale Fell via Bowscale Tarn

Penrith, Cumbria
8.13km, 502m, 3 hours

Hallin Fell

Penrith, Cumbria
2.67km, 243m, 1.5 hours

West Highland Way 1: Milngavie - Drymen

Milngavie, East Dumbarton
20.133km, 255m, 5 hours

Lammer Law

Haddington, East Lothian
7.48km, 301m, 2 hours

Elie Chain Walk

Elie, Fife
5.65km, 150m, 3 hours

West Highland Way 5: Bridge of Orchy - Kings House Hotel

Oban or Fort William, Strathclyde
19.55km, 491m, 6 hours

Tarmachan Ridge

Killin, Perthshire
13.64km, 842m, 5 hours

Stac Pollaidh

Ullapool, Ross & Cromarty
4.78km, 613m, 2 hours

Place Fell and Ullswater

Ambleside or Penrith, Cumbria
11.96km, 659m, 4 hours

West Highland Way 3: Rowardennan - Inverarnan

Balloch, Ayrshire
21.07km, 400m, 7 hours

Quinag

Lochinver, Ross & Cromarty
13.69km, 1,082m, 6 hours

Beinn Resipol from Strontian

Strontian. Though 'town' is stretching things., Highland
15.18km, 822m, 5 hours

Meall a' Ghiubhais

Gairloch, Highland
8.07km, 876m, 4 hours

High Street from Haweswater

Penrith, Cumbria
9.1km, 644m, 4 hours

Carn Mairg Group

Aberfeldy or Killin, Perthshire
17.5km, 1,334m, 7 hours

Cross Fell from Kirkland

Penrith, Cumbria
13.75km, 693m, 4.5 hours

The Cobbler

Helensburgh; Glasgow's pretty close too, Argyll and Bute
11.02km, 868m, 3.5 hours

Ben Lawers from the old Visitor Centre

Killin, Stirlingshire
10.2km, 970m, 6 hours

West Lomond, Fife

Kinross or Glenrothes, Fife
8.85km, 399m, 3.5 hours

Ben Lomond by the Ptarmigan ridge

Drymen, Stirlingshire
11.65km, 994m, 4.5 hours

Ben Cleuch, King's Seat Hill and Tarmangie Hill from Dollar Glen

Dollar, Stirlingshire
15.56km, 914m, 6 hours

Ben Venue

Callander, Stirlingshire
10.41km, 685m, 5.5 hours

Skiddaw up the quiet side

Keswick, Cumbria
19.06km, 935m, 8 hours

Ben Ledi

Callander, Stirlingshire
12.52km, 867m, 4 hours

West Highland Way 6: Kings House Hotel - Kinlochleven

Kinlochleven, Strathclyde
14.25km, 433m, 6 hours

West Highland Way 7: Kinlochleven - Ft.William

Fort William and Kinlochleven, Ross & Cromarty
24.67km, 722m, 7 hours

Schiehallion west to east

Pitlochry or Aberfeldy, Perthshire
12.28km, 728m, 5 hours

The Fara via Dirc Mhor

Dalwhinnie, Invernesshire
20.78km, 862m, 6 hours

West Highland Way 2: Drymen - Rowardennan

Balloch, Ayrshire
24.72km, 724m, 7 hours

Three Drumochter Munros

Newtonmore, Invernesshire
17.13km, 932m, 7 hours

Central Pentlands Circular

Penicuik or Edinburgh, Midlothian
17km, 706m, 5 hours

Stob a' Choin

Callander, Perthshire
10.83km, 853m, 5 hours

Cranstackie and Beinn Spionnaidh

Durness, Sutherland
12.4km, 1,076m, 5 hours

The Goet (Ben Tirran) and Boustie Ley

Kirriemuir, Angus
18.52km, 861m, 5 hours

Bowfell and Crinkle Crags

Ambleside, Cumbria
12.03km, 1,086m, 5.5 hours

Ben Vrackie Quickie

Pitlochry, Highland
11.3km, 813m, 3.5 hours

Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin

Comrie or Killin, Stirlingshire
14.48km, 1,252m, 6 hours

Beinn Alligin Traverse

Gairloch, Ross & Cromarty
10.19km, 1,186m, 6 hours

Creag Meagaidh, the classic circuit

Newtonmore or Fort William, Highland
20.38km, 1,136m, 8 hours

Clovelly to Welcombe on the South West Coast Path

Bude or Bideford, Devon
26.4km, 1,203m, 8 hours

Blencathra via Sharp Edge and Bannerdale Crags East Ridge

Penrith or Keswick, Cumbria
12.79km, 879m, 5 hours

Beinn a' Bheithir

Ballachulish, Highland
14.88km, 1,470m, 7 hours

Beinn Achaladair and Beinn a' Chreachain

Fort William or Oban, Argyll and Bute
19.08km, 1,159m, 8 hours

Rum's Western Hills

Mallaig, Hebrides
28.65km, 1,071m, 10 hours

Sgurr Dhomhnuill and Ariundle oakwoods

Strontian, Argyll and Bute
18.2km, 1,080m, 8 hours

Beinn a' Ghlo

Pitlochry, Invernesshire
21.69km, 1,338m, 8 hours

Ben Mor Coigach via the Postie's Path

Ullapool, Ross & Cromarty
20.28km, 1,404m, 9 hours

North Pennine Watershed

Penrith, Alston or Appleby, Cumbria
27km, 650m, 9 hours

Snowdon Horseshoe

Llanberis, Gwynedd
11.43km, 963m, 6 hours

Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Fort William, Highland
18.7km, 1,935m, 8 hours

Tryfan & the Glyderau: Cwm Bochlwyd Loop

Bethesda, Gwynedd
8.02km, 1,007m, 5 hours

The Saddle by the Forcan Ridge

Kyle of Lochalsh, Highland
9.98km, 1,080m, 6 hours

Scafell Pike and Great End by the Corridor Route

Keswick, Cumbria
14.72km, 1,046m, 6 hours

Braeriach linear via the Chalamain Gap

Aviemore, Invernesshire
20.42km, 1,149m, 8 hours

West Highland Way 4: Inverarnan - Bridge of Orchy

Crianlarich (though 'town' is stretching things), Strathclyde
29.87km, 696m, 8 hours

Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Fort William, Highland
11.34km, 1,195m, 6 hours

Ben Chonzie and Auchnafree Hill

Crieff, Perthshire
18.18km, 1,054m, 7 hours

Stob Ghabhar and Stob a' Choire Odhar

Oban, Argyll and Bute
17.48km, 1,301m, 7.5 hours

Broad Law and White Coomb

Biggar or Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway
22.25km, 1,015m, 8 hours

Striding Edge and Swirral Edge, Helvellyn

Ambleside or Penrith, Cumbria
12.4km, 915m, 6 hours

The Mighty Slioch

Gairloch, Ross & Cromarty
19.07km, 1,286m, 8 hours

Ben More and Stob Binnein

Crianlarich (not really a 'town') or Killin, Perthshire
17.29km, 1,515m, 8 hours

Nantlle Ridge

Beddgelert, Gwynedd
13.88km, 1,300m, 7 hours

Glas Maol and Creag Leacach from Glen Isla

Blairgowrie or Kirriemuir, Angus
22.83km, 1,011m, 7 hours

Ben Macdui from Linn of Dee

Braemar, Invernesshire
31.23km, 1,030m, 10 hours

Bidean nam Bian's three peaks

Ballachulish (or Fort William if you want a real town), Argyll and Bute
13.86km, 1,385m, 6 hours

Aonach Eagach, extended version

Fort William, Argyll and Bute
14.83km, 1,658m, 9 hours

Lakeland 3000-ers, plus a few

Keswick, Cumbria
74.43km, 4,919m, 28 hours

Ennerdale Skyline Circuit

Whitehaven, Cumbria
30.67km, 2,375m, 12 hours

Loch Monar Circuit

Beauly, Highland
44.21km, 3,001m, 20 hours

Knoydart, a Long Circuit

Mallaig, Highland
35.31km, 2,970m, 17 hours

The Awful Hand and Rhinns of Kells

Dalmellington, Dumfries and Galloway
37.9km, 2,018m, 13 hours

Black Mount from Glen Etive

Ballachulish, Argyll and Bute
23.45km, 1,946m, 10 hours

West Mounth Munros

Braemar or Blairgowrie, Perthshire
41.32km, 2,406m, 17 hours

An Teallach

Ullapool, Highland
15.5km, 1,442m, 8.5 hours

The Ring of Steall

Fort William, Highland
15.27km, 1,824m, 8 hours

Traverse of the Rhinogau

Porthmadog or Dolgellau, Gwynedd
30.78km, 1,774m, 12 hours

Liathach

Gairloch or Lochcarron, Ross & Cromarty
14.56km, 1,481m, 7 hours

Sgurr na Ciche and Ben Aden

Fort William, Highland
49.38km, 2,442m, 17 hours

Gt.Gable: Climbers Traverse & Sphinx Ridge

Keswick, Cumbria
9.16km, 851m, 6 hours

Orton Fells, Howgills and Wild Boar Fell

Kirkby Stephen or Sedbergh, Cumbria
48.4km, 1,512m, 14 hours

Ben Lui, Ben Oss and Beinn Dubhchraig

Oban, Stirlingshire
21.88km, 1,585m, 8 hours