Category Archives: Eastern Fells

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Great Mell Fell and Binsey

31st March 2016

After our recent energetic mountain walks in snow I thought it would make a pleasant change to walk up a couple of easy fells. We decided on Great Mell Fell (1762ft) and Binsey (1467ft), both are easy, short walks on grass but with excellent views ou…


Blue Skies and Snow on Red Screes

7th March 2016

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…


Hartsop Above How and the Priest Hole

23rd February 2016

On Tuesday we decided to do a walk up to Hartsop Above How from Brigend. Previously I have only ever come down it via the steep descent to Brothers Water, but this time I thought we could walk the whole of the ridge. Ged, like me, also fancied anothe…


Blue Skies and Snow on Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike

20th January 2016

On Wednesday we decided to return to Glenridding and climb up Glenridding Dodd, Heron Pike and Sheffield Pike. The forecast was good, and the day turned out to be superb! I had only been in my car for a couple of minutes when I had to stop and take a…


Birkhouse Moor in Snow

16th January 2016

On Saturday Ged and I drove to Glenridding to walk up to Birkhouse Moor and hopefully Catstycam too. We left Kas behind because of the possibility of deep snow. We have done this walk before, but not in snow. The forecast was for blue skies and sunsh…


Stone Arthur, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Alcock Tarn

12th October 2015

On Monday Ged, Kas and I drove just past Grasmere, parking in the lay-by on the A591, not far past The Swan Hotel. We would be heading up to Stone Arthur (1650ft), then onto the ridge of the Fairfield Horseshoe to Great Rigg (2516ft) and Heron Pike (…


Paper Bridge in Grisedale and Hard Tarn

15th May 2015

On Friday Ged and I went to Patterdale to walk into the Grisedale Valley to see the Paper Bridge, an Art Installation by artist Steven Messam, it was due to be dismantled on Monday. We would then continue on up the valley to Ruthwaite Lodge. From the…


Helvellyn in Freezing Fog

11th February 2015

Yesterday we decided to have a walk up Helvellyn from Wythburn. The Weatherline forecast and the BBC Radio Cumbria Fell Forecast had predicted a cloud inversion, where the high peaks are above the clouds in blue skies and sunshine. This had happened…


Seat Sandal and Grisedale Tarn via Tongue Gill

2nd July 2014

On Wednesday Ged, Kas and I decided to walk up Tongue Gill to Grisedale Tarn and then to go up Seat Sandal and take the grassy route down its front, back to Grasmere. We parked in the lay-by and walked up towards Mill Bridge. It is a walk of just und…


Gowbarrow Fell, Aira Force and Little Mell Fell

2nd April 2014

On Wednesday Ged, Kas and I drove to the NT car park at Aira Force, on the side of Ullswater, in order to walk the circuit of Gowbarrow Fell, gaining the summit from the north. We would then walk back via Aira Force before driving to The Hause for th…


Helvellyn in snow from Wythburn

30th January 2014

We have been waiting for weeks for a weather window to allow us to get up a mountain in the snow, but gale force winds and rain have been the norm of late. Today the wind was only forecast to be 30mph, with no rain, and there was a possibility of som…


Dollywaggon Pike to Raise in Snow on a Beautiful Blue Sky Day!

3rd April 2013

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I decided to walk from Dollywaggon Pike to Raise using two cars. One parked at the start of St. John’s in the Vale and one on Dunmail Raise. We would walk up Raise Beck to Grisedale Tarn, then take the zig zags up Dollywa…


Fairfield Horseshoe

5th March 2013

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I walked the Fairfield Horseshoe.The summits would include Nab Scar (1450ft), Heron Pike (2003ft), Great Rigg (2513ft), Fairfield (2863ft), Hart Crag (2698ft), Dove Crag (2603ft), High Pike (2155ft) and Low Pike (1666ft). A wal…


Helvellyn in Snow from Swirls

16th January 2013

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to the free lay-by below Swirls to climb Helvellyn Lower Man and Helvellyn (3118ft) via Browncove Crags. We would then come back via Wythburn and the forest track. A walk of 7 miles. I wanted to make the most of my day…


Deepdale and St. Sunday Crag In Snow

5th December 2012

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to the parking spaces by the telephone box at Bridgend to walk the length of Deepdale on to St. Sunday Crag (2756ft), then on to Birks (2040ft) and Arnison Crag (1424ft). A walk of about nine miles. There is a lack of p…


Glencoyne and Hart Side

28th November 2012

Yesterday Brendan was off to Carlisle for a meeting, so he dropped me at Glencoyne at 8.45am and would pick me up from Dockray at 3pm. I had thought of doing some or all of the Dodds. I had lots of options for getting to Dockray. The southern fells h…


Helvellyn in Blue Skies then Mist

15th March 2012

The Fell Assessor has reported cloud inversions and Brocken Spectres on Helvellyn each day this week http://www.lakedistrictweatherline.co.uk This is the weather forecast I always use, so as today was forecast to be a similar day I drove to Swirls to…


Helvellyn on Friday 13th

13th January 2012

Yesterday was due to be another blue sky day, so Ged and I drove to the lay-by at Swirls to climb Helvellyn (3118ft) via Brown Cove Crags then down to Wythburn and back through the woods. A walk of about 7 miles. Unfortunately even the lay-by now has…


Fairfield Horseshoe in Sunshine

15th September 2011

Yesterday was the good day we have been waiting for since the beginning of “the summer”. The recent weather here has been awful, floods and gales. We decided on the Fairfield Horseshoe from Rydal. We did this last year in a blizzard and m…


High Rigg and The Dodds

22nd March 2011

Time for a big walk around the St. John’s in the Vale skyline to include High Rigg (1163ft), Threlkeld Knotts, Clough Head (2381ft), Great Dodd (2807ft), Watsons Dodd (2584ft) and Stybarrow Dodd (2770ft) returning down The Sticks Pass to Stanah…


Dollywaggon Pike to Helvellyn in Sunshine and Snow

14th March 2011

Yesterday was forecast to be an excellent day for walking so Ged, Kas and I decided to walk up Raise Beck Cascades to Grisedale Tarn. From there we would go to Dollywaggon Pike summit (2810ft) and via the ridges to High Crag (2900ft), Nethermost Pike…


Stone Arthur, Great Rigg and Heron Pike (Greenhead Gill Round)

8th March 2011

I was working yesterday morning, but I knew the weather was going to turn very windy with hill fog for my day off on Thursday, so in the afternoon Ged, Kas and I went to Grasmere to do the Greenhead Gill Round (under six miles).This includes Stone Ar…


Gowbarrow Fell, Great Mell Fell and Little Mell Fell

16th February 2011

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to the Aira Force National Trust car park on the shores of Ullswater to climb Gowbarrow (1579ft). An easy walk of four miles. We did this walk almost two years ago to the day. Ged didn`t remember the route at all at. He…


Red Screes to Caudale Moor

11th October 2010

After last week’s disappointing walk in mist I decided to redo the walk I intended to do then, but starting at the Kirkstone Pass Inn instead of Hartsop. This would include the summits of Red Screes (2541ft), Middle Dodd (2145ft), and a repeat…


Sheffield Pike to White Side

25th September 2010

On Saturday we finally had a good weather day for a walk so Ged, Kas and I went to Glenridding to climb Glenridding Dodd (1425ft), Sheffield Pike (2232ft), via the Miner`s Track round Glencoyne Head to Birkett Fell, Hart Side (2481ft), Stybarrow Dodd…


Dovedale Horseshoe and the Priest Hole

8th August 2010

We don`t usually bother to go out on Bank Holidays as I hate the traffic and crowds. But we decided to go out early on Monday and have a family walk somewhere quiet. So we did the Dovedale Horseshoe which includes High Hartstop Dodd (1702ft), Little…


Arnison Crag to Seat Sandal from Patterdale

31st May 2010

Yesterday Brendan and I went to Patterdale to climb Arnison Crag (1424ft), Birks (2040ft), St. Sunday Crag (2756ft) and Seat Sandal (2415ft). The walk was about 11 miles long. We arrived at the Patterdale Hotel, where we had a well earned drink, seve…


Helvellyn via Striding Edge and Swirral Edge

24th May 2010

On Monday Brendan, Ged and I went to Glenridding to climb Birkhouse Moor (2350ft) then over Striding Edge to Helvellyn (3118ft), down Swirral Edge and up to Catstycam (2917ft)and back down the valley via Red Tarn and Greenside Road. A walk of over te…


Fairfield Horseshoe in a White-out

8th February 2010

Today Ged and I decided to do the Fairfield Horseshoe from Rydal returning via High Sweden Bridge, Ambleside and Rydal Park. A mere 12 miles! The summits would include Nab Scar (1450ft), Heron Pike (2003ft), Great Rigg (2513ft), Fairfield (2863ft), H…


Dollywaggon Pike To Helvellyn in a White-out

25th January 2010

Yesterday was supposed to be a day of good visibility, but a little dull so we decided to go for a walk up Raise Beck Cascades to Grisedale Tarn. From there we would go to Dollywaggon Pike summit (2810ft) and via the ridges to High Crag (2900ft), Net…


Birkhouse Moor and Catstycam

21st April 2009

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. T…


Great Mell Fell

14th April 2009

On Tuesday Tom, Ged, Kas and I went for a walk up Great Mell Fell (1760ft). Unfortunately the excellent Easter weather was at an end. Today`s weather was dull and the visibility was poor. A very short walk!…


Arnison Crag and Birks

16th March 2009

The forecast for the Fells was drizzle and low cloud so we drove to Patterdale to do Arniston Crag (1424ft) and Birks (2040ft). A short walk of 4.5 miles but steep! We also decided to add Lanty`s Tarn and Keldas to the end of the walk this would take…


Glenridding Dodd to Hart Side and back Via the Miner’s Track

13th March 2009

With Wednesday`s walk having no views, and the forecast for Thursday being quite good except for the gales, we set off again for Glenridding to climb Glenridding Dodd (1425ft), Heron Pike to Sheffield Pike (2232ft), Hart Side (2481ft) and Birkett Fel…


Birkhouse Moor

11th March 2009

Yesterday was great visibility and blue skies but I had been in Cartmel Priory teaching. I was supposed to be teaching maths today but decided that the call of the mountains was infinitely more appealing! I hated maths when I was at school and none o…


Gowbarrow Fell, Aira Force and Little Mell Fell

18th February 2009

This is my first walk for a month. The Fells have been too icy of late but now the thaw is here so I decided to have a walk around Gowbarrow Fell (1579ft) beside Ullswater, which is low enough to be snow free. Ged and Kas came too. We started from th…


Nab Scar and Alcock Tarn

28th July 2008

On Monday Ged, Kas, Tom and I went to Rydal, parking at Rydal Mount to climb Nab Scar (1450ft) and walk to Alcock Tarn and back to Rydal via the Old Coffin Route, about 4 miles. A very hot day! Good job I chose an easy walk! Jo…


A Few Dodds, But No Mist

16th May 2008

Today I had another opportunity to do a walk that was not circular. Brendan was off to Carlisle again so he could drop me off and pick me up somewhere else, I chose to re-do the remainder of the Helvellyn range from Raise to Clough Head which I did t…


A Few Dodds

24th April 2008

Today I had an opportunity to do a walk that was not circular. Brendan was off to Carlisle so he could drop me off and pick me up somewhere else, I chose to do the remainder of the Helvellyn range from Raise to Clough Head. Which includes Raise (2889…


Five Fells and a Priest Hole

2nd April 2008

The forecast for yesterday was poor, but Ged and I still decided to do the Dovedale Horseshoe which includes High Hartstop Dodd (1702ft), Little Hart Crag (2091ft), Dove Crag (2603ft), Hart Crag (2698ft) and Hartsop Above How (1870ft) and a diversion…


Helvellyn, Blue Skies and Snow

10th December 2007

The forecast for today was the best we have had for three weeks. The rain finally stopped and the sun shone. Looking out of the bedroom window the high mountains were covered in snow. So I decided to do a solitary walk up Helvellyn, (3118ft) the thir…


Scandale Horseshoe

26th March 2007

Today Janet, Poppy and me went to Ambleside to do the Scandale Horseshoe. (Red Screes, Middle Dodd, Little Hart Crag, High Bakestones, High Pike and Low Pike.)  A 10 mile hike. We parked at the Ambleside car park which charges a scandalous £7 for 9 h…


Greenhead Gill Round

14th March 2007

Janet, Poppy and me went to Grasmere to do the Greenhead Gill Round (six miles).This includes Stone Arthur (1652ft), Great Rigg (2513ft) and Heron Pike (2003ft) ending with Alcock Tarn on a ridge below Heron Pike, then back to Grasmere. We walked bac…


Helvellyn in Snow, Swirls to Wythburn

3rd February 2007

There`s snow on them there hills! So Janet and Poppy and me set off to investigate the 3118ft summit of Helvellyn. We parked at Swirls on the side of Thirlmere. The car park was closed as it was being used by the loggers so we used the spaces on the…


Dollywaggon Pike to Whiteside

9th November 2006

Another great visibility Thursday! Time for another solitary walk. Decided to go to Dunmail Raise again for another walk up Raise Beck Cascades to Grisedale Tarn. From there I would go to Dollywaggon Pike summit(2810ft) and via the ridges to High Cra…


Seat Sandal and Grisedale Tarn

15th October 2006

Sunday was due to be a nice day so we decided to go up Seat Sandal (2415ft). Took Tom and his friend Alex.The walk started from Dunmail Raise up Raise Beck Cascades to Grisedale Tarn. Went for a Coffee and cake in Grasmere. Very naughty!…


Fairfield and St. Sunday Crag

30th August 2006

The weather was not looking too good so we chose to go the the Eastern Fells, even though when we set off mist was all over them. By the time we got there the mist had lifted. Rain was due in the late afternoon so we had about 5 hours of clearish wea…


Helvellyn, a Quick Up and Down.

10th February 2006

I took advantage of the good weather and a day off and decided to have a quick, lone walk up Helvellyn. I had been up in August but had forgotten my camera, but not yesterday. It took an hour and a half to get down. I then went for a hot and wet mug…