An intrepid traveller is completing a unique 5-year mission to highlight the environmental issues that tourism brings to Lake District life.

Lewis Jevons, 29, of Aberystwyth, has visited 213 of the 214 Wainwright's fells, exclusively using public transport from his home base in West Wales.
Lewis explained why he undertook the challenge:

"I've seen and spoke to farmers who can't live their daily lives, and emergency services that can't get their vehicles up tracks as they are too congested - I didn't want to add to the problem, so I decided to see how many I could actually visit without a car.

"I've found that 70-80 per cent of the fells are really well catered for with the 4 or 5 different routes that Stagecoach operates around there, but ones like Wasdale, Shap, and Kentmere are a bit more of a headache, and require some trekking and camping.

The Westmorland Gazette: BEAUTY: Lewis' favourite spot, camping on Esk HauseBEAUTY: Lewis' favourite spot, camping on Esk Hause

"I totally understand that buses there are catered totally towards tourists for the most part, but living in these places must be quite challenging as buses have slowly moved away from connecting small villages to effectively running 50 times a day between Ambleside and Grasmere!"

"A lot of people who live in the Lakes do see it as 'not another car clogging up the road' - I was speaking to some path maintenance workers, and they were explaining that because of air impurity, dry-stone walls are starting to lose their lichen variety over the summer because of the volume of cars."

Lewis said that he understands that this method of travelling in the Lakes isn't possible for everyone:

"My partner was very tolerant of me taking all of my annual leave in chunks and adventuring solo.

"It's something that works for me, but if you have a family with children or day-tripping it probably wouldn't suit.

"I wouldn't want to visit these places any other way now, as there are so many little streams, valleys, becks, and gills that I've seen, pored over the maps, seen funny names, and googled what they might mean - it became a real adventure.

The Westmorland Gazette: TRANSPORT: A bus winding its way up Honister PassTRANSPORT: A bus winding its way up Honister Pass

"If I was in a car I would've probably just driven to the bottom of the fell, parked up, and then driven home again!"

"I've tactically saved Rannardale Knotts, so I've done 213, and because I've done them all alone, I've saved the final one for my partner, friends, and parents to come and join me on 8 May.

"Im going to go on a week tour of some of my favourite spots, and then we're going to walk up that one and have a bottle of Wainwrights!"

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