They may not be the highest peaks in the land (they’re not even the highest in the valley) but for many Lakeland habitués they are firm favourites, inspiring regular pilgrimages to their modest heights. The reasons for their popularity are manifold and this tight knit family exhibit in one compact group all that is good about the Lakeland Fells. This classic route has it all and is justly popular but don’t let the crowds put you off; wait until later in the day and there’s a good chance you’ll have it to yourself!
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Distance: 4.54 miles (7.31 km)
Total ascent: 856m
Steepest Gradient: 71% (1 in 1)
Time: 4 – 6 hours (Walking)
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Either of the National Trust pay and display car parks at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, NY295064
Well defined and pitched paths throughout. Jack's Rake invovles grade 1 scrambling.
Jack's Rake becomes a grade I winter climbing in full winter conditions and can be dangerous under a coating of verglas.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Lake District – Met Office: Lake District
The Central Fells by A.Wainwright - Francis Lincoln http://www.franceslincoln.com/Subject/17/Wainwright.html Lakeland Fellranger Central Fells by Mark Richards - Cicerone http://www.cicerone.co.uk/author/detail.cfm/author/1287/name/mark-richards
OS Explorer OL6 (1:25,000), OS Explorer OL7 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Lake District (1:40,000), OS Landranger 89 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
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