Sheffield Pike & Glenridding Dodd

Name of walk Sheffield Pike & Glenridding Dodd
Date of walk 2020-07-10

Today we planned to walk up to Sheffield Pike via Glenridding Dodd. We parked in the lay-by below Stybarrow Crag, near Glenridding, on the side of Ullswater. We would take the route up beside Mossdale Beck and return via Glencoyne Head down to Seldom Seen, returning via a short section of the lakeside path. A walk of 5.7 miles.

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The beginning of the track was right next to my car.

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A bit of a jungle! There is actually a reasonably clear path through the bracken.

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The way ahead.

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Looking down on Mossdale Beck.

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We take a small detour along a 'there and back' track on our left, above Stybarrow Crag

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It has superb views down Ullswater. Well worth the few minutes it took to see.

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Mossdale Beck.

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Now out in the open and we follow the grassy track around to the left.

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Where we meet the wall. Go left for Glenridding Dodd, right for Heron Pike & Sheffield Pike.

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Looking to our route up Heron Pike, from the Glenridding Dodd path.

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Close up view to Keppel Cove dam.

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".....and if you could both look to the right."

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Summit of Glenridding Dodd.

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"Get the lake in behind me, Ged!" Yep, the lake is definitely behind me!!

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Black clouds envelope Helvellyn.

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View back to Glenridding Dodd as we climb up Heron Pike.

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The heather is in bloom.

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View down to Glenridding.

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We continue or climb, knowing that waterproofs would be going on soon. Birkhouse Moor on the left.

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Close up of the old Greenside Mine.

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The rain is now upon us.

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The black clouds stay above us, so visibility remains good, but I take no more photos until the rain stops.

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View from Heron Pike.

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Glimpses of sun on Catstycam.

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Sheffield Pike summit cairn contains an old estate boundary stone from 1830, with the Marshall/Howard initials.

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Catsycam and Helvellyn behind me.

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Great Mell Fell and Little Mell Fell in shadow on the left.

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The M for Marshall on this side.

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Striding Edge, Helvellyn, Catstycam, Whiteside and Raise.

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Raise, Stybarrow Dodd and Greenside. In the dip below us is Nick Head, our next destination.

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Looking across Glencoyne Head. Great Dodd just sticking up in shadow. Straight across is Hart Side and Birkett Fell.

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Our lunch spot out of the wind. Gowbarrow Fell on the left, Place Fell on the right.

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We head down to Nick Head.

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Looking into Glencoyne. We have walked the miners' balcony path that goes all the way around on several occasions. This is half way down the face of the hilside.

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We reach our path that returns us to the lakeside.

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We last walked this in snow, not a path for slipping on, or tripping over!

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View back to Glencoyne Head.

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Now below us we can see the row of old miners' cottages called 'Seldom Seen'.

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We head along by the wall.

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Seldom Seen. Now holiday cottages.

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Just for a second we think we've been transported through a worm-hole to Wales! But obviously the sign is the result of a welsh firm being employed to lay the pipes for the new hydroelectric scheme in Glencoyne Beck.

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18th Century Glencoyne Farm.

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A seat with a view.

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Once we reach the road we take the lakeside path back to our cars.

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Looking south towards Middle Dodd.

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Norfolk Island.

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Ullswater Steamer.

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Ged and the view north.

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The boathouse and jetty.

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An excellent day!

We dawdled on the lakeside path, enjoying the views, as we did did on several sections of the walk. The six miles took us five hours and forty five minutes. We were in no rush! A walk with lots of interest and superb views.

Jo.

 

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