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

Name of walk Stone Arthur, Great Rigg and Heron Pike (Greenhead Gill Round)
Date of walk 2011-03-08
Distance walked (miles) 6
Duration of walk 3 hours 30 minutes
Weather overcast
Peaks on walk Stone Arthur, Great Rigg, Heron Pike
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Lay-by outside Grasmere

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 Arthur (1652ft), Great Rigg (2513ft) and Heron Pike (2003ft) ending with Alcock Tarn on a ridge below Heron Pike, then back to Grasmere.

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The weather was not ideal, it was dull and the hill fog was down to 2,500ft which meant there would be no views out from Great Rigg, it was also very hazy. I parked in the lay-by opposite Stone Arthur, not in Grasmere. I`m not paying £5 to park my car!!!! The photo is the view to Stone Arthur from the car.......Short but steep!

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We took the short-cut by the farm. Looking over to Helm Crag.

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Looking over to Grasmere.

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View back the way we came.

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Kas leads the way to the summit.

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Summit view over a dark and dingy Grasmere. Alcock Tarn can be seen high on the left.

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We keep to the ridge and eventually Great Rigg comes into view.

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As we head higher the mist gets lower. Looking back to the top of the Stone Arthur Ridge.

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Great Rigg summit. No views at all, cold and very windy on the ridge all the way to Heron Pike.

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As we descend Heron Pike appears below the clouds.

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Looking back to where Great Rigg should be..

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Once we get past Heron Pike we descend straight down the mountain in the direction of the tarn.

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Looking along the tarn towards the ridge of Stone Arthur. Great Rigg is now out of the clouds on the top right.

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View from the other end.

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Kas takes a 5 second break!

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From the route down looking back up to Stone Arthur and Greenhead Gill.

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Looking over to Helm Crag and Steel fell.

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Heading for the seat!

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The bridge over the gill carries the pipes of the Thirlmere Aquaduct.

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Ged is wondering if he is getting even shorter or if this seat is built for giants!

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Greenhead Gill.

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The gill heads for the village.

The walk took us just under three and a half hours.

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