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Top 10s

Below are the Top 10s for Saunterings (a set of reflections based upon walks around the counties of Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire in North-West England). Various features of North-West England (as defined in the Preamble) are ranked according to manifold criteria – much too mani to be mentioned here – which have been combined in a devilishly complex formula – too complex to specify here – to derive a single coefficient, the Worth-visiting Coefficient (WC). If this thoroughly scientific methodology does not convince, I am open to persuasion, preferably monetary. Only features mentioned so far in Saunterings are listed. As new features are mentioned they may be added below, at the risk of stimulating unbridled excitement.

Ancient SitesBeachesBecksBirdsBridgesCastlesCavesCragsDalesGeological SitesHallsLakesMenMoorsMountainsReservoirsRiversTarnsTourist AttractionsViewpointsWaterfallsWaysWomenWoods

Top 10 Ancient Sites of North-West England
      Including stone circles, Roman forts, old earthworks, and so on. Meg

  1. Brocavum 7.
  2. Maiden Castle (Swaledale) 25.
  3. Long Meg and Her Daughters 42.
  4. Virosidum 10.
  5. Mayburgh Henge 7.
  6. Apronfull of Stones 47.
  7. King Arthur's Round Table 7.
  8. Leagram Deer Park 64.
  9. Grey Stone of Trough 59.
  10. Castle Howe 38.
Top 10 Beaches and Bays of North-West England
      Some of these are on the sea coast; others at a lake side. Lowsy Pt
  1. Morecambe Bay 1, 4, 21, 36, 41, 52, 70.
  2. Sandscale Haws 57.
  3. Fleetwood 21, 53.
  4. Cowpren Point 52.
  5. Lowsy Point 57.
  6. Lenibrick Point 52.
  7. Calfclose Bay 18.
  8. Bolton-le-Sands 4.
  9. Knott End 21.
  10. Hause Point 3.
Top 10 Becks of North-West England
      Only becks that are called Becks are considered here. Barbon Beck
  1. Borrow Beck 38.
  2. Grisedale Beck 65.
  3. Kingsdale Beck 22, 62.
  4. Barbon Beck 71.
  5. Chapel Beck (Chapel-le-Dale) 62.
  6. Clapham Beck 63.
  7. Great Rundale Beck 35.
  8. Eshton Beck 46.
  9. Fairmile Beck 68.
  10. Chapel Beck (Howgills) 68.
Top 10 Birds of North-West England
      Birds don't always stay put, but I've indicated where they might be spotted. whoopers
  1. hen harrier (Bowland) 59.
  2. skylark (Roundthwaite Common) 4, 6, 14.
  3. swan, whooper (Thurnham Moss) 37.
  4. martin, sand (middle Lune) 50.
  5. cuckoo (Littledale) 51.
  6. plover, golden (Dodd Fell) 14, 58.
  7. curlew (Lune floodplain) 14, 50.
  8. egret, little (Ribble estuary) 4, 50.
  9. grouse (Bowland) 10, 59, 63.
  10. kingfisher (near Levens Hall) 4.
Top 10 Bridges of North-West England
      Including bridges, aqueducts and viaducts over rivers or roads. Lowgill Viaduct
  1. Ribblehead Viaduct 41.
  2. Devil's Bridge 50.
  3. Lune Aqueduct 72.
  4. Ashness Bridge 18.
  5. Lowgill Viaduct 38, 68.
  6. Eamont Bridge 7.
  7. Stainforth Bridge 8.
  8. Loyn Bridge 50.
  9. Ribchester Bridge 39.
  10. Dinckley footbridge 39.
Top 10 Castles of North-West England
      I don't include castles that are closed to visitors.Brougham Castle
  1. Brougham Castle 7, 51.
  2. Muncaster Castle 69.
  3. Lancaster Castle 72.
  4. Pendragon Castle 51.
  5. Bolton Castle 33.
  6. Sizergh Castle 69.
  7. Skipton Castle 51.
  8. Wray Castle 69.
  9. Dalton Castle 57.
  10. Kirkoswald Castle 42.
Top 10 Caves, Caverns and Potholes of North-West England
      After the first few, which can be entered by anyone (after payment), the rest are assessed on their surface properties only. Rowten
  1. White Scar Caves 62.
  2. Ingleborough Cave 24.
  3. Gaping Gill 24, 40.
  4. Yordas Cave 47.
  5. Butter Tubs 26.
  6. Rowten Pot 22, 47.
  7. Jingling Pot 22, 47.
  8. Ireby Fell Cavern 22.
  9. Katnot Cave 14.
  10. Lancaster Hole 22.
Top 10 Crags of North-West England
      Including crags, cliffs, scars, etc. that aren't considered as Mountains or Viewpoints. Langdales
  1. Crinkle Crags 9, 12, 49.
  2. Langdale Pikes 49, 65, 69.
  3. Dow Crag 5, 28.
  4. Studrigg Scar 63.
  5. Blea Water Crag 12.
  6. Gordale Scar 5.
  7. Riggindale Crag 12.
  8. Moughton Scars 63.
  9. Helm Crag 65.
  10. Buckbarrow Crag 60.
Top 10 Dales of North-West England
      Including dales that aren't called dales. Wensleydale
  1. Langdale 28, 49.
  2. Borrowdale (near Derwent Water) 18, 28, 49.
  3. Crummackdale 47, 63.
  4. Duddon valley 28.
  5. Wensleydale 10, 13, 14, 33, 47.
  6. Wasdale 49.
  7. Swaledale 25, 47.
  8. Ribblesdale 47.
  9. Longsleddale 28, 60.
  10. Dentdale 2, 13, 22, 47, 67.
Top 10 Geological Sites of North-West England
      Some of these may appear under other headings as well. Studrigg
  1. High Cup Nick 5, 35, 56.
  2. Craven Faults 62, 63.
  3. Norber erratics 63.
  4. North Pennine Faults 35.
  5. Studrigg Scar 63.
  6. Gaping Gill 24, 40.
  7. Black Force 15.
  8. Ease Gill Kirk 22.
  9. Barbondale 71.
  10. Thunder Stone 31.
Top 10 Halls of North-West England
      A Manor, Villa, Grange, House, and so on that is not called a Hall is not included. Bolton Hall
  1. Holker Hall 69.
  2. Levens Hall 69.
  3. Nappa Hall 33.
  4. Blencow Hall 54.
  5. Brougham Hall 7.
  6. Hacking Hall 39.
  7. Bolton Hall 39.
  8. Leck Hall 22.
  9. Claughton Hall 1.
Top 10 Lakes of North-West England
      Lakes, meres and waters (and pools, ponds and puddles, if good enough). Derwent Water
  1. Buttermere 3, 5, 9.
  2. Derwent Water 3, 9, 11, 18, 19.
  3. Wastwater 3, 9, 12.
  4. Ullswater 3, 7, 9, 17.
  5. Grasmere 3, 5, 9, 65.
  6. Coniston Water 3, 32.
  7. Windermere 3, 9, 12, 32, 69.
  8. Crummock Water 3.
  9. Ennerdale Water 3.
  10. Bassenthwaite Lake 3, 18, 19.
Top 10 Men of North-West England
      The WC algorithm has failed abysmally here: these are not 'worth-visiting' (they are all no longer with us). Ruskin
  1. Wordsworth, William 9, 11, 42, 62.
  2. Wainwright, Alfred 2, 9, 13, 24, 28, 38, 43, 49, 51, 52.
  3. Griffin, Harry 9, 13, 51, 55, 65.
  4. Nicholson, Norman 23, 32, 62.
  5. Romney, George 57.
  6. Ruskin, John 62.
  7. Heaton Cooper, William 65.
  8. Leonard, Thomas 11.
  9. Hesketh-Fleetwood, Peter 21.
  10. Poucher, W.A. 51.
Top 10 Moors of North-West England
      I include Commons here too: I'm not sure of the precise difference between a Moor and a Common. Harkerside Moor
  1. Harkerside Moor 25.
  2. Broughton Moor 28.
  3. Brown Moor 68.
  4. Sunbiggin Moor 31.
  5. Anglezarke Moor 27.
  6. Billington Moor 39, 42.
  7. Stainmore Common 56.
  8. Caton Moor 1, 41.
  9. Grayrigg Common 38.
  10. Deerplay Moor 34.
Top 10 Mountains of North-West England
      Considering their appearance, the appeal of walking upon them, and so on. Pendle
  1. Scafell Pike 5, 6, 9, 12, 49.
  2. Blencathra 3, 7, 9, 12, 42, 54, 61.
  3. Helvellyn 3, 5, 9, 12, 43, 49, 65.
  4. Great Gable 9, 12, 49.
  5. Bow Fell 6, 9, 12, 28, 49, 55.
  6. Ingleborough 1, 5, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 24, 40, 41, 47, 50, 62, 63, 67.
  7. Old Man of Coniston 5, 12, 28.
  8. Pendle 6, 11, 20, 34, 39, 40, 46, 64.
  9. Pen-y-ghent 1, 8, 16, 24, 41, 56, 63, 67.
  10. Black Combe 28, 57.
Top 10 Reservoirs of North-West England
      The reservoirness of the body of water must be apparent for it to qualify here. Stocks
  1. Stocks Reservoir 5.
  2. Anglezarke Reservoir 19.
  3. Winterburn Reservoir 46.
  4. Cow Green Reservoir 56.
  5. Holden Wood Reservoir 48.
  6. Calf Hey Reservoir 48.
  7. Ogden Reservoir 48.
  8. Lower Ogden Reservoir 20.
  9. Black Moss Reservoirs 20.
  10. Warmwithens Reservoir 48. (cheating temporarily: it's no longer a reservoir)
Top 10 Rivers of North-West England R Ribble
  1. Duddon, River 57.
  2. Ribble, River 8, 14, 29, 39, 45, 66.
  3. Eden, River 7, 42, 51.
  4. Dee, River 2.
  5. Ure, River 10, 33.
  6. Lune, River 38, 40, 50, 68, 70, 72.
  7. Caldew, River 61.
  8. Hodder, River 5, 30, 39.
  9. Leven, River 32, 52.
  10. Lowther, River 7.
Top 10 Tarns of North-West England
      For a discussion of what a 'tarn' is, see 65. Grisedale Tarn
  1. Red Tarn 9, 65.
  2. Blea Water 12, 65.
  3. Grisedale Tarn 65.
  4. Tarn Hows 9, 69.
  5. Easedale Tarn 9.
  6. Bowscale Tarn 61.
  7. Codale Tarn 9.
  8. Little Langdale Tarn 49.
  9. Malham Tarn 10.
  10. Burnmoor Tarn 65.
Top 10 Tourist Attractions of North-West England
      Of course, I don't go sauntering in order to visit tourist attractions, so I refer you to the official list given in 69.

Top 10 Viewpoints of North-West England
      Other than those from the highest hill-tops. Castlehead
  1. Lingmoor Fell 49.
  2. Latrigg 19, 49.
  3. Castlehead Wood 18, 19.
  4. Gummer's How 19, 69.
  5. Loughrigg Fell 9, 49.
  6. Orrest Head 19.
  7. Walla Crag 18, 49.
  8. Whitbarrow 55.
  9. Arant Haw 67.
  10. Clougha Pike 70.
Top 10 Waterfalls of North-West England
      Including only those that are publicly accessible (although I might delete those you're supposed to pay to see). I don't seem to have sauntered to any Lake District waterfalls yet! Stainforth
  1. Thornton Force 47, 62.
  2. Aysgarth Falls 33.
  3. Black Force 15.
  4. Cautley Spout 34.
  5. Aysgill Force 58.
  6. Catrigg Force 8.
  7. Snow Falls 62.
  8. Stainforth Force 8.
  9. Brontë Waterfalls 5.
  10. Beezley Falls 62.
Top 10 Ways, Paths and Trails of North-West England
      If a Way extends outside the North-West England region then that part is ignored by the WC assessment. Dales Way
  1. Dales Way 2, 14, 68.
  2. Pennine Way 2, 14, 35, 46, 56, 58.
  3. Lady Anne's Way 51.
  4. Ribble Way 29.
  5. Ullswater Way 17.
  6. Dales High Way 2, 46.
  7. Brontë Way 2.
  8. Coast-to-Coast walk 31.
  9. Wyre Way 53.
  10. Cumbria Way 19, 49.
Top 10 Women of North-West England
      I haven't met enough women on my saunterings. Dales Way
  1. Duke of Lancaster 30.
  2. Potter, Beatrix 20.
  3. Clifford, Lady Anne 7, 51.
  4. Martineau, Harriet 23.
  5. Hartley, Marie 26, 47.
  6. Ingilby, Joan 26, 47.
  7. Nutter, Alice 20.
Top 10 Woods and Forests of North-West England
      Considering only those woods that can be walked in. Gisburn Forest
  1. Yewbarrow Wood 32, 69.
  2. Clapdale Wood 24.
  3. Grizedale Forest 34.
  4. Borrowdale Wood 38.
  5. Lodore Wood 18.
  6. Gisburn Forest 5.
  7. Marles Wood 39.
  8. Greta Wood 40.
  9. Highpark Wood 3.
  10. Great Wood 18.

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Blencathra

Top photo: The western Howgills from Dillicar; Bottom photo: Blencathra from Great Mell Fell