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Past master of Worshipful Company of Actuaries passes his peak

The humble Burnbank Fell, standing at 475 metres in the west of the Lake District, was perhaps a surprise location for a champagne reception in honour of livery company past master Chris Ide. The Fell was the last in a three-day circuit designed to complete Chris’s mission to walk all of the 214 ‘Wainwrights’, a series of hills and mountains ranging from Scafell Pike at 978 metres to Castle Crag at 298 metres.

Chris was joined by 18 friends, including 13 actuaries and an accountant. Many of these had participated in the Wainwright Memorial Walk with Chris, which he completed in September 2007 when he was master of the Worshipful Company of Actuaries and raised £30,000 for children’s charities.

Some of the walkers on the three-day outing opted for a marginally lighter walking programme led by David Purchase, who stopped off regularly to bag another ’Birkett’. David, having completed his Wainwrights and Munros many years ago, is now focusing on the 541 fell tops over 1,000 feet in the Lake District National Park.

At a celebration dinner Steve Burnett presented Chris with an engraved tankard, which Chris promised to exhibit on the mantelpiece alongside his wife’s bowling trophies. Chris thanked his co-walkers, particularly Steve, Jerry Staffurth and Geoff Ross who had accompanied him on many outings.

He announced that his next challenge was to capture all the 405 Hewitts and sub-Hewitts in England and Wales. To prove the point, he set out the following day and climbed 900 metres to claim three target summits just below England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike.
By Brian Ridsdale


The mountains and hills of Great Britain, and to a lesser extent Ireland, are the subject of a considerable number of lists that categorise them by height, topographic prominence and other criteria. They are commonly used as a basis for peak bagging, whereby hill walkers attempt to reach all the summits on a given list. The oldest and best known of these lists is that of the Munros — mountains in Scotland over 3,000 feet (914 metres). Other well-known lists include the Corbetts, Wainwrights and Marilyns.