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 up to 15 miles, up to 3500 feet of ascent.
Strenuous, with some time for stops. May include scrambling and other challenging terrain. Occasionally back in time for the teashop.
Example summer walk - Langdale Pikes, Martcrag Moor, Rosset Pike and Mickleden from Langdale (12 miles, 3,500 ft).
Example winter walk - Ambleside to Grasmere via Dove Crag & Fairfield (11 miles, 3,000 ft).
A2 Party up to 12 miles, up to 2500 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 - Red Tarn, Pike o’ Blisco, Three Shires Stone and Blea Tarn from Langdale (10 miles, 2500 ft).
Example winter walk - Helm Crag and Steel Fell from Grasmere (8½ miles, 2,500 ft).
B1 Party up to 11 miles, up to 1500 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 up to 10 miles, up to 1000 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).
These are guidelines. For A and B1 walks at mountain venues it is OK to do a bit more height (plus 500 feet maximum) but that should be done in tandem with a reduced mileage. Also if the walk is less than 1500 feet (A2) or 1000 feet (B1) of ascent an extra mile may be added. B2 and C walks should not exceed the “suggested” mileage or ascent whatever the venue if at all possible.