Red Screes to Caudale Moor

Name of walk Red Screes to Caudale Moor
Date of walk 2010-10-11
Distance walked (miles) 10
Duration of walk 6 hours 30 minutes
Weather Blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk Red Screes, Middle Dodd, Hartsop Dodd, and Caudale Moor.
Walked with On own
Parking Kirkstone Inn car park

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 walk over Hartsop Dodd (2028ft) and Caudale Moor (2502ft). A walk of just under 10 miles.


I wasn't working today and on looking out of the bedroom window I realised it would be an excellent day for a solitary walk. It turned out to be one of the best blue sky days since summer. I got to Kirkstone by half nine and set off up the new pitched path. I`ve never been up Red Screes from here as it always seemed such a cheat to be starting at over 1400ft, but I knew I`d make up for it later in the day! Looking up at Red Screes from the car park.


Looking down on the Kirkstone Inn and across to St. Raven's Edge, my descent point.


Looking down to Ambleside and Windermere.


was on the summit in just over half an hour, it really is that easy! The weather was really warm for nearly the middle of October. I was just in a T-shirt all day. There was no hint of wind at all. Having been on many a summit in the height of summer in coat and gloves, I fully appreciated the rarity of the occasion! On the far left are Wetherlam and Swirl How, then the pointy Harter Fell, Pike o' Blisco and the Crinkles. From the centre is Bowfell, the Scafells and the Langdale Pikes, and on the right Great Gable and Pillar.


Close up of Windermere.


A closer view of Crinkle Crags (centre)


Not a single ripple of movement in the summit tarn.



Heading down to Middle Dodd, Brothers Water in the distance.


From Middle Dodd looking down to my route across the fields to Brothers Water. It is a steep descent! The route down does lead you directly to a sheer cliff face, which you could fail to see in mist...remember to bear left before it!


From the bridge looking back up.


I headed for the farm, then for the concrete road from the camp site. Looking up to High Hartsop Dodd and Dove Crag.


Hartsop Hall.


Looking across to Angle Tarn Pikes and Brock Crags.


My next ascent will be Hartsop Dodd seen through the trees.


Some good reflections today.


Looking back down Brothers Water to Middle Dodd.


I walked around the lake and headed for the hamlet of Hartsop (alliteration strikes again!), and from there I climbed the steep side of Hartsop Dodd. This could be seen as the downside of the walk in that you reach the valley bottom only to have to return back up to over 2000ft......this is definitely not a ridge walk! Looking over to Grey Crag on the right and Rest Dodd and The Knott on the left.


Looking down on Hartsop.


Looking down on the Rescue Helicopter.


View from the ridge. Did I mention it was steep!


Looking back over at Brothers Water with Hartsop Above How behind.


The start of the wall and somewhere to sit and have lunch. Sitting here in the sunshine it felt just like a summers day.


Heading for Stony Cove Pike and Caudale Moor.


From the summit looking over at Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke.


I would eventually follow the wall around to the left, but first I headed right to explore Caudale Head.


Looking across Caudale Head towards Helvellyn and Catstycam.


View from the Atkinson Memorial on Caudale Moor to St. Raven's Edge on the left, the Kirkstone Pass and Red Screes on the right.


Looking back to Caudale Moor from the route up St. Raven's Edge.


Route down to the Kirkstone Pass Inn and a well earned cup of coffee!

The walk had taken just under six and a half hours. An excellent day!