Walking Grades and Example Walks
Please note not all grades are available on all walks, occasionally A walks are combined. Also guidelines are for guidance only - if there is more ascent then leaders tend to shorten the distance.
A1 Party 12 to 18 miles, up to 5,000 feet of ascent
Strenous, with some time for stops. May include scrambling and other challenging terrain, usually back in time for the teashop.
Example summer walk - Pike 0 Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell from Langdale (15 miles. 3,000 ft)
Example winter walk - Ambleside to Grasmere via Dove Crag & Fairfield (12 miles, 3,000 ft)
A2 Party 10 to 14 miles, up to 3,000 feet of ascent
Similar to A1 but not quite as challenging (no Striding Edge or Crib Goch), mountain and moorland walks, usually back in time for the teashop.
Example summer walk - Langdale Pikes from Langdale (11 miles, 3,000 ft)
Example winter walk - Helm Crag and Steel Fell from Grasmere (9 miles, 2,500 ft)
B1 Party 9 to 12 miles, up to 2,000 feet of ascent
Lower fells, moorland and valleys, and some tops taken at a gentler pace than the A walks, some challenging terrain and steep climbs; but with several stops to enjoy the view, back in time for the teashop.
Example summer walk - Lingmoor Fell and Little Langdale from Langdale (11 miles, 1,200 ft)
Example winter walk - Ambleside to Grasmere via Loughrigg Fell and Rydal (9 miles, 800 ft)
B2 Party 7 to 10 miles, up to 1,000 feet of ascent
Generally, easy, paced valley walks with any climbing being gradual and spread out through the day. Some rough ground is also likely to be encountered and you will need to be able to cope with this. Plenty of time for stops. Back in time for the teashop and perhaps time to look round the destination as well.
Example summer walk - Blea Tarn and Little Langdale from Langdale (9 miles, 700ft)
Example winter walk - Ambleside to Grasmere via Loughrigg Terrace and Rydal (8 miles, 300ft)
C Party 7 miles maximum, 500 feet maximum ascent
Valley walking with plenty of stops and time to enjoy places of interest, back in plenty of time for the teashop (often starts at one as well), and a look around the destination. Leaders will look to minimise stiles but some cannot be avoided, so you do need to be able to cope with them. Some rough ground is also likely to be encountered and you will need to be able to cope with this.
Example summer walk - Langdale Valley exploration (7 miles very little climbing)
Example winter walk - Circuit of Grasmere and Rydal Water (6 miles, 250ft)