14th August 2004

A long walk from Glenridding onto ten Eastern fells.


Walk Overview
Time 07.40 to 16.30
Duration 8 hr 50 min
Distance 12.3 mile
Ascent 4544 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Glenridding - Birkhouse Moor - Red Tarn - Catstye Cam - Swirral Edge - Helvellyn - Hellvellyn Lower Man - Whiteside - Raise - Sticks Pass - Stybarrow Dodd - Hart Side - Sheffield Pike - Glenridding Dodd - Glenridding
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Glenridding Steamers

A trip on Glenridding Steamers seems to be high on the list of many visitors to the Lake District and the car park reflects this. I know I've used this car park a few times as a starting point for a walk, but I wouldn't even try to get parked here unless it were early morning or a last resort because everywhere else was full.

Needless to say there is a charge (by the hour).


Route Map

Birkhouse Moor. The sun was already very hot, there wasn't a cloud in the sky and there was no wind. They've been few and far between this year, but it was turning into a perfect summer day.

Early morning mist still lingering over Ullswater. As we were driving between Dockray and Ullswater we drove through the thick band of mist which was covering the whole of the lake. It took a long time to completely disappear.

Striding Edge and Helvellyn from Birkhouse Moor. Our first summit of the day.

Striding Edge, Helvellyn, Swirrel Edge and Catstye Cam from the path between Birkhouse Moor and Hole in the wall. The views were perfect this morning. It's been ages since I've been across Striding Edge, which looked even more impressive than normal, but we'd planned to get to Helvellyn via Catstye Cam and Swirrel Edge.

A little further along the path looking across to Striding Edge. The path running across the fells side from the wall is the route we took to Red Tarn.

Hellvellyn and Swirral Edge from Catstye Cam.

White Side and Raise from Catstye Cam with the Skiddaw fells in the background.

Swirral Edge. It looks worse than is really is. Try to plot your route from here, take a deep breath and just go for it.

Looking back down to Catstye Cam from the top of Swirral Edge.

Helvellyn Summit. Surprisingly there wasn't may people on the summit. From here I could see that the western and southern fells had a thick band of cloud over them. We were definitely in the best place today.

Thirlmere and the High Seat ridge. The craggy fell in the foreground is Browncove Crags and the path running over it is the one leading down to Thirlspot. This picture was taken from Helvellyn Lower Man summit.

Looking down to Keswick and Bassenthwaite (in the distance) from Stybarrow Dodd.

Stybarrow Dodd summit. We left the stony ridge paths we had been on for a while now and started to walk on a very different type of terrain. From here to Hart Side and across to Glencoyne Head, we were walking on a narrow grassy path over wide open fell side. It was much easier to walk on and it gave our feet a welcome rest.

Great Mell Fell and Little Mell Fell from Hart Side.

Ullswater from the path leading down from Glencoyne Head.

Looking back along our route from the start of the path up Sheffield Pike.

Ullswater from Sheffield Pike summit.

Glenridding Dodd, Glenridding, Patterdale and the end of Ullswater from the path down to Herron Pike. This is a very steep path, made worse by the distance we had already walked. This was the point that our feet and legs started to let us know we'd walked far enough.

Ullswater from the path below Heron Pike.

Glenridding Dodd from just above The Rake.

Glenridding Dodd summit the fell in the background is Place Fell.

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