Sunday, 28th August 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Glenridding Dodd, Sheffield Pike, Stybarrow Dodd, Raise, White Side, Helvellyn, Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam, Red Tarn Beck, Ullswater
Start Point: Parking area by Stybarrow Crag Grid Reference: NY 387 179
Distance: 11.2 miles Ascent: 4,100 feet
Time: 6.75 hours    
Weather: An overcast but dry day. A strong northerly wind on exposed ridges.
Comments: Twelve walkers attended for this outing including five newcomers. Fortunately, the low cloud which was forecast did not occur, and we were well rewarded for our efforts with good all round views. There was however, a very strong wind which sometimes impeded progress and made me wonder about the wisdom of going down Swirral Edge! In the event the descent was well sheltered and completed easily. The consensus at the end of the walk was that everyone had enjoyed their day on the fells.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Ullswater from the climb through Glencoyne Wood . . .

 

where we have to navigate past a fallen tree

 

Ullswater from . . .

 

Glenridding Dodd

 

Some of the group head across to a lookout point . . .

 

with views down to Patterdale . . .

 

before returning to the summit

 

Gillside campsite looks pretty busy this weekend (Bank Holiday)

 

Climbing up to Sheffield Pike . . .

 

where  a flat section is the perfect spot for a catch-up stop

 

Birkhouse Moor with Helvellyn to the right

 

Leaving Sheffield Pike . . .

 

to make our way across to . . .

 

Stybarrow Dodd . . .

 

where we have time for a few photos . . .

 

including down the Glencoyne Valley to Great Mell Fell

 

Ian catches the group heading up to . . .

 

Raise . . .

 

with views across to Skiddaw in the north . . .

 

and Helvellyn in the south

 

The winds are increasing in strength as we pass White Side

 

The north-west side of Catstye Cam rises steeply from Keppel Cove

 

It looks pretty busy on Helvellyn

 

Looking over Catstye Cam to Ullswater . . .

 

and across to Striding Edge with St Sunday Crag behind

 

Helvellyn summit cairn . . .

 

and the cross shelter

 

Heading down the rocky descent . . .

 

to Swirral Edge, seen below

 

Red Tarn

 

From Swirral Edge we can see the beginning of the descent . . .

 

and across to Striding Edge . . .

 

and on to Catstye Cam . . .

 

where I pose for a summit photo

 

Looking back to Helvellyn and the descent . . .

 

and on down the path . . .

 

where we take time to adjust the layers

 

A last view of Helvellyn and Striding Edge . . .

 

where a few people navigate the ridge

 

Heading down beside Glenridding Beck . . .

 

to Glenridding, with Place Fell rising beyond Ullswater

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