Birkhouse Moor and Catstycam

Name of walk Birkhouse Moor and Catstycam
Date of walk 2009-04-21
Distance walked (miles) 8
Duration of walk 5 hours 30 minutes
Weather Sunshine and blue skies
Peaks on walk Birkhouse Moor, Catstycam
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Glenridding car park.

Yesterday was such a good day that Ged, Kas and I decided to repeat the walk of six weeks ago that we did in snow, wind and mist, but this time we could actually admire the view. We walked from Glenridding up to Birkhouse Moor (2350ft) to Red Tarn. This time we would add on Catstycam (2917ft) and return via Keppel Cove. A walk of about 8 miles.

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The route along Glenridding Beck..

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Then we take the path up beside Mires Beck. Looking down on Glenridding and Ullswater.

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It is a very long trudge up to the summit of Birkhouse Moor, but today the views out to Striding Edge (left), Helvellyn and Catstycam (right) were superb. Last time we could barely see 20m in front of us!

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Once we had summitted Catstycam we would take the steep north west ridge (right side) down into Keppel Cove to look at the old dam seen at the bottom of the valley.

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Red Tarn is in the dip. The weather was very warm for April. It was T-shirt weather even on the summits. Ged was already in his shorts!

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Striding edge was closed off for repairs. A helicopter was bringing rocks every few minutes. Still patches of snow on Helvellyn!

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We had lunch at Red Tarn..

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Then we headed up to Swirral Edge.

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The view of Catstycam summit from Swirral Edge.

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Looking down on Brown Cove and Keppel Cove and across to Whiteside and Raise.

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Looking back along Swirral Edge.

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Catstycam summit, Birkhouse Moor beyond.

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Good view to the whole of Striding Edge.

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View along Swirral Edge to Hellvelyn.

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Our steep route down to Keppel Cove Dam on the right and Brown Cove Dam on the left.

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All of Birkhouse Moor comes into view.

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Looking back up Catstycam.

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Brown Cove Dam.

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Keppel Cove Dam.

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Both ends of the dam top were blocked off as it didn`t look at all safe. Note the big hole at the bottom.

Thankfully my knee wasn`t too bad after 8 miles and 3000ft! It took us about five and a half hours. The glorious weather made a big difference to the quality of the walk.
Jo.
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