Sunday, 20th September 2009

             

            

 

Walk: St Sunday Crag, Cofa Pike, Fairfield, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, Bakestones Moss and Scandale Pass for Red Screes with a final leg along the shores of Brothers Water
Start Point: Cow Bridge car park Grid Reference: NY 403 134
Distance: 13 miles Ascent: 4,600 feet
Time: 8 hours    
Weather: Broken sunshine with some heavy clouds but no rain.
Comments: Having decided to do the walk in reverse, the nine hardy souls walked through Low Wood for Deepdale Bridge and hence into Deepdale Valley. At Wall End, with the sun now beating down on us, we climbed through dry, tangled bracket to reach the path to take us up to St Sunday Crag. With the breeze now picking up, the layers went back on, and we continued up to Fairfield missing out the very badly eroded last few feet of Cofa Pike. Good walking then lead us over Hart Crag, Dove Crag and eventually up the steep grassy slope of Red Screes. Our return took us down the screes to Kirkstone Pass and finally Brothers Water. A tough walk enjoyed by all with excellent views all day.

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Heading out through Low Wood

 

Time to take a layer off as we head into the Deepdale Valley . . .

 

and climb through rough bracken

 

Time for a pause as we reach the St Sunday Crag path . . .

 

and admire the view over Ullswater . . .

 

and an even better view of the water from higher up the path

 

Helvellyn, Striding Edge enjoy the sun while Catstye Cam sits in the shade

 

A welcome coffee break . . .

 

on St Sunday Crag

 

Leaving the summit we descend to . . .

 

Grisedale Hause . . .

 

with a good view of Grisedale Tarn nestling below Seat Sandal

 

The ascent of Cofa Pike gives us an even better view of the tarn and distant fells

 

Avoiding the badly eroded summit we continue on to Fairfield . . .

 

after checking the view back over Cofa Pike to St Sunday Crag

 

Dollywagon Pike, Nethermost Pike and Helvellyn from the large plateau of . . . 

 

Fairfield summit

 

The Rydal Valley and Windermere from the path to Hart Crag

 

With quite a cold breeze lunch is taken in the shelter of some rocks

 

Hart Crag . . .

 

and Dove Crag

 

Heading down to Bakestones Moss

 

The two tops of Little Hart Crag as we descend to Scandale Pass . . .

 

only to climb again past an unexpected herd of cows

 

Red Screes looks down to Brothers Water . . .

 

with Middle Dodd in the foreground and Place Fell beyond

 

Finally back down it's an easy walk . . .

 

past Brothers Water, with views of Angletarn Pikes . . .

 

and the Hartsop Valley, looking up to Knott and Gray Crag

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