12th July 2005

A scorching day on the Eastern fells - five fells and three tarns.


Walk Overview
Time 05.45 to 12.20
Duration 6 hr 35 min
Distance 11.7 mile
Ascent 3989 ft
Walking with On my own
Glenridding - Birkhouse Moor - Red Tarn - Catstye Cam - Swirral Edge - Helvellyn - Nethermost Pike - Dollywaggon Pike - Grisedale Tarn - Grisedale - Lanty's Tarn - 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

Glenridding and Ullswater from the path by Mires Beck.

St Sunday Crag and Fairfield. this picture was taken from the place where the path by Mires Beck meets the ridge path up from Lanty's Tarn.
It was still only 6.30 but it was so hot I already had my 2nd shirt on, while the other one was drying on the outside of my rucksack.

Helvellyn, Catstye Cam and White Side from one of the small pools on Birkhouse Moor.

Striding Edge and Helvellyn from just before the place marked on the map as

Striding Edge (just on the right) Helvellyn, Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam.

Striding Edge and Red Tarn.

Helvellyn and the top of Swirral Edge from Catstye Cam summit.
Not a breath of wind and getting even hotter. Time to swap the shirts over again.

Swirral Edge.
Not quite as challenging as its neighbour (Striding Edge), but still a nice little ridge to walk across. It's definitely easier to walk up than to walk down.

Helvellyn Lower Man and the path to White Side from Helvellyn summit.

Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam with Ullswater behind. Also taken from Helvellyn summit.

From just past Helvellyn summit looking across the Nethermost Pike / Dollywaggon Pike ridge.
The path I took was the narrow one on the left which goes straight over Nethermost Pike summit. There was also a slight breeze coming up over the edge of the ridge, which was nice while it lasted.
The middle of July, plenty of sunshine and not another person in sight, "fantastic".

Nethermost Pike summit with Helvellyn, Catstye Cam and Striding edge behind.

Grisedale Tarn from the steep zig zag path down from Dollywaggon Pike.
Seat Sandal is the fell on the right of the picture and the Great Rigg section of the Fairfield horseshoe is on the left.

Looking down the long valley of Grisedale.
There had been a build up of cloud since I left Grisedale Tarn, so it felt a little cooler by now. Shortly after taking this picture I was back out of the cloud for the rest of the walk, which just got hotter and hotter. No wonder I only passed a couple of other people on the whole walk.

A very dry and sad looking Lanty's Tarn.

Glenridding, UIllswater and Gowbarrow Fell from the path back down to Glenridding.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks