Blue Skies and Snow on Red Screes

Name of walk Blue Skies and Snow on Red Screes
Date of walk 2016-03-07
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 6 hours 54 minutes
Weather Blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk High Hartsop Dodd, Little Hart Crag, Red Screes, Middle Dodd.
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Cowbridge, Brothers Water.

Monday was a superb, blue-sky day with snow on the mountains. Ged, Kas and I drove to Brothers Water, parking in the free car park at Cowbridge, in order to climb up High Hartsop Dodd, Little Hart Crag, Red Screes (2549ft) and Middle Dodd. A walk of just over nine miles. There was snow on the tops, so the walk would take about seven hours.

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We walk along the shores of Brothers Water. High Hartsop Dodd, our ascent mountain is on the far right and Middle Dodd, our descent mountain is to its left.

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It is an easy, but steep ascent up grass. A large erratic in the field.

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View back to Brothers Water from the climb up High Hartsop Dodd.

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An even higher view back.

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We enter the start of the snow line and look down on the Kirkstone Pass and across to Middle Dodd, our route down.

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Kas and me on the small summit cairn of High Hartsop Dodd. Dove Crag, where our last walk to the Priest Hole was, is on the far right.

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Heading for Little Hart Crag.

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Icicles.

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View back down the ridge.

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Ged and Kas on the rocky top of Little Hart Crag

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The view back.

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View from the southern rock summit down the Scandale Valley towards Ambleside and Lake Windermere. Our next destination is Scandale Tarn on the right.

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Looking up to Red Screes, the route follows the wall then veers left near the summit.

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First we need to descend Little Hart Crag. Time to put on my spikes. The view is across to Dove Crag, St. Sunday Crag and Hartsop Above How.

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Scandale Tarn. Ged goes the long way round.

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Looking back to Little Hart Crag. Our route now follows the wall on the right. Left click to enlarge, re-click to return.

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Another view down into the Scandale Valley.

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View back down from the long trudge up to Red Screes.

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As we gain more height there are some superb views out to surrounding fells. Including Great Gable, Pillar and High Stile on the right.

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Onwards and upwards.

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Close up of Great Gable.

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Close up of Helvellyn, Striding Edge and Catstycam.

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The summit cairn of Red Screes with Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick on the left.

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Ged catches me up.

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Looking across to Middle Dodd.

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Looking across to Stony Cove Pike/Caudale Moor and beyond the Ill Bell ridge to Kentmere Pike.

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Looking across the summit shelter towards Sour Hows and Sallows

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The summit tarn is frozen over. Beyond are the Coniston Hills, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell.

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Me at the summit cairn. It looks gorgeous, but it was very cold with a biting wind.

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A close up of Windermere and Morecambe Bay.

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After a brief rest we make tracks for Middle Dodd, ahead.

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A descent then a short ascent.

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Looking down on to the Kirkstone Pass.

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View back.

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Middle Dodd summit.

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It is a very steep descent off Middle Dodd, we take our time, remembering to keep left to avoid the edge of a cliff.

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View from our late lunch spot. With the sunshine and being below the effects of the winds, it was almost warm.

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We cross the bridge and look back to Middle Dodd.

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The was no wind at all at Brothers Water.

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Superb reflections of Hartsop Dodd.

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Reflections of Caudale Moor and Middle Dodd.

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Angle Tarn Pikes and Brock Crags.

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We are soon joined by two swans.

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They follow me as I walk along the shoreline.

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Luckily I have already taken all my reflection photos!

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The swans get distracted by another dog in the water fetching a stick, so a bit further on I take another photo.

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This is a four photo panorama of the complete view. Left click to enlarge and re-click to return. If anyone ever wants a printable copy of any of my photos/panoramas emailed, let me know via the contact page, there is no charge.

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A two photo view. Left click to enlarge, re-click to return.

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A two photo view. Left click to enlarge, re-click to return.

An excellent walk in the snow and thankfully with very little ice, which made for quite an easy descent route in the soft snow. We had visions of us coming down steep Middle Dodd sliding on our backsides! Ged had celebrated his 76th birthday on Sunday, so at least he got to maintain his dignity as befits his status as an old timer!

Jo.

 

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