Sunday, 14th May 2017

Walk: Glenridding Dodd, Sheffield Pike, Glencoyne Head, Hart Side, Stybarrow Dodd, Watson's Dodd, Stybarrow Dodd, Sticks Pass, Raise, White Side, Glenridding Valley, Greenside Road
Start Point: Glenridding car park Grid Reference: NY 386 169
Distance: 12 miles Ascent: 4,200 feet
Time: 7 hours
Weather: A light mist and drizzle at the start of the walk soon cleared to become a sunny day with quite a strong wind on the tops.
Comments:

A steep'ish' climb up The Rake soon took us onto Glenridding Dodd where there were great views over Ullswater. Returning to the hause we then started the main steep climb of the day, taking us over rocky ground that was mainly quite easy to navigate. By the time we reached Sheffield Pike the wind was quite strong but we managed to find a sheltered spot for our morning break. After another climb to Hart Side the route then followed a series of 'ups' and downs' to visit 5 more Wainwrights. After descending into the Glenridding Valley it was then an easy walk back to the car park.

Looking over Glencoyne Wood to Ullswater . . .

from Glenridding Dodd

Ullswater and Glenridding Dodd as we start the climb . . .

which becomes steeper in places . . .

with even better views . . .

the higher we get

Sheffield Pike where Pat holds onto her hat in the strong wind . . .

and Catstye Cam looms in front of Helvellyn

A grassy path descends from Sheffield Pike . . .

but we have to climb again . . .

to reach Hart Side

Leaving Hart Side we continue on to . . .

Stybarrow Dodd . . .

where we meet a couple of energetic ladies - and their dog

A slight descent takes us to . . .

Watson's Dodd . . .

where Pat identifies Skiddaw to the north . . .

and I check out Thirlmere to the south-east

Retracing our steps . . .

we descend towards Sticks Pass . . .

before the next climb to Raise . . .

with John in a very relaxed pose . . .

and another group photo

From White Side we have a good view back to Raise . . .

and on to Helvellyn - but that's a future walk!

Ian takes a slight detour . . .

for a better view of Keppel Cove

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