The Western Fells lie within a wide sector, driving deep into the heart of Lakeland at Sty Head. They are bounded in the north-west by the Cocker valley, ‘jewelled by the lovely lakes of Buttermere and Crummock Water’. South-west their boundary is Wasdale, running towards the sea.
The rugged territory around Sty Head is crowded with fine peaks: the hoary old favourite, Great Gable, the magnificent Pillar, the fascinating Haystacks and the exhilarating spine of the High Stile ridge. Further west the slopes are smooth and rounded, declining into grassy foothills and rolling sheep pastures – terrrain described by Wainwright as splendid walking country, but comparatively unexciting and unfrequented.
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