Birkhouse Moor and Catstycam

Name of walk Birkhouse Moor and Catstycam
Date of walk 2019-05-20
Distance walked (miles) 8
Duration of walk 6 hours 0 minutes
Weather Blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk Birkhouse Moor, Catstycam
Walked with Ged
Parking Glenridding

On Monday we drove to Glenridding to walk up Birkhouse Moor (2356ft) and Catstycam (2920ft) via the Mires Beck Route, returning down the valley via Greenside Mine. A walk of eight miles. The weather was excellent, not too hot, with a bit of a breeze. From the car park we cut through by the Health Centre to Greenside Road, pass the Travellers’s Rest pub and take the the road on the left.

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Birkhouse Moor on the right with the Mires Beck path going up in the dip.

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Heading up the Mires Beck pitched path.

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View back to Ullswater and Place Fell.

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Gaining some height.

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A closer view of Ullswater.

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Looking back at our route up and over to Arnison Crag and Birks.

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Birkhouse Moor summit is just two minutes from the main path. Helvellyn and Catstycam behind me.

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View over Glenridding Dodd to Ullswater.

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Panorama from Birkhouse Moor. Striding Edge, Helvellyn, Swirral Edge, Catstycam and Whiteside. Below right is Keppel Cove dam. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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We head along the wall until we meet the diagonal path to Red Tarn.

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Red Tarn.

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Swirral Edge behind.

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Catstycam.

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A helicopter hovers over Swirral Edge as we head up the path. A little disconcerting for those walkers on the Edge, as a lot of dust was flying.

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It then hovers over Catstycam summit before heading off south.

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We head steeply up, turning right once we gain the ridge.

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View back.

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Red Tarn.

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Once on the ridge it is a short walk to Catstycam summit.

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Ged heads for the top.

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Looking back to Swirral Edge and Helvellyn.

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Summit gained.

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Panorama view down the valley we would return by. Whiteside, Raise, Stybarrow Dodd, Sheffield Pike and Keppel Cove dam below. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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Birkhouse Moor on the right.

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We head back down to find a spot out of the wind, for lunch.

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Lunch spot.

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Much easier than walking up a mountain! He landed on Helvellyn.

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A closer view of Swirral Edge.

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Heading back down the valley.

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We cross the bridge to take the lower level route back to Glenridding which passes Greenside Lead Mine and the pub!

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Buildings of the old lead mine, now used by the YMCA.

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View up the gill.

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View down the valley

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Lambs in the field as we head for the pub.

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So cute! We stopped at the Traveller's Rest pub before heading back to the car.

The walk took us six hours. No difficulties underfoot and the route is really easy to navigate as the tracks are very clear. The weather was perfect!

Jo.

 

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