Sunday, 26th April 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Glenridding Dodd, Sheffield Pike, Hart Side, Stybarrow Dodd, Watson's Dodd, Raise, White Side, Glenridding Valley
Start Point: Glenridding main car park Grid Reference: NY 386 169
Distance: 12 miles Ascent: 4,000 feet
Time: 6.25 hours    
Weather: Sunny spells with a cold wind on the high fells
Comments: 15 walkers joined the leader on a chilly morning at Glenridding car park. After a stroll up the road past The Travellers Rest, we soon warmed up with a steep climb up to The Rake on our way to Glenridding Dodd. Backtracking to the col we then ascended the rocky, twisty path to Sheffield Pike - surprising how scrambling over rocks takes your mind off the fact that you are climbing!! As we left the summit our next climb up to Glencoyne Head came  into view - but it was decided that refreshments were needed before tackling this one. With energies replenished it wasn't long before we were on our way across to Hart Side with the worst of the climbing out of the way. After traversing across to Stybarrow Dodd a short detour took us out to Watson's Dodd where we found some shelter out of the cold wind to eat lunch. A last steep pull then took us up to Raise where the distinctive rocks, suggestive of gruyere cheese, were fashioned by air bubbles during vulcanisation. From here it was a short stroll across to White Side before heading to the zig-zag path down to Glenridding Valley. A wide but stony track took us along the valley and back past the Travellers Rest where hopeful suggestions of a brief stop were ignored by the leader!

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Climbing up behind Rake Cottages . . .

 

we soon gain height . . .

 

but are glad when we are almost at the top

 

Ullswater peeps out behind the cairn on Glenridding Dodd . . .

 

but a short walk gives a much better view

 

A quick group shot before we leave the summit . . .

 

and start to head up to Sheffield Pike

 

Looking back we can see the col and the path up to Glenridding Dodd . . .

 

whilst looking up the valley Catstye Cam  and our return route are clearly seen

 

Sheffield Pike takes centre stage between Raise and Stybarrow Dodd . . .

 

and the group admires the view from the summit

 

It would be a great view over Ullswater but for the haze in the distance

 

With a cold wind blowing a sheltered spot is found for our morning break . . .

 

before the next climb up to Glencoyne Head . . .

 

from where we have a good view down the Glencoyne Valley

 

Hart Side with Great Dodd in the distance . . .

 

and Marie adds another one to her album . . .

 

and the group catches up on today's news!

 

We are surprised to see that there is still some snow around on Stybarrow Dodd . . .

 

as we leave Hart Side behind

 

The profile of Catstye Cam, Swirral Edge and Helvellyn - with a couple of birds getting in on the act!

 

Stybarrow Dodd, with its tell tale lump of slate, with Watson's Dodd basking in the sun

 

Time for lunch on the slopes of Watson's Dodd . . .

 

where there is a very cold wind blowing

 

We are treated to a view of Thirlmere as we head across to Raise . . .

 

where some of the group make good use of the rocks . . .

 

and others decide its best not to sit down - getting up again can be a problem!!

 

Striding Edge peeps up behind Swirral Edge . . .

 

as we make our way across to White Side . . .

 

and check out the views . . .

 

over Thirlmere . . .

 

before posing for a group shot

 

Ullswater comes into view as we head down . . .

 

to the zig-zag path . . .

 

and take a brief pause . . .

 

before continuing . . .

 

down the valley . . .

 

past the Arnold School Outdoor Centre

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