29th October 2005

A change of plan due to gale force winds on St Sunday Crag.


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 14.50
Duration 5 hr 20 min
Distance 8.8 mile
Ascent 2825 ft
Walking with Andrew and Anne Leaney
Deepdale Bridge - Deepdale - Sleet Cove - Deepdale Hause - St Sunday Crag - Birks - Arnison Crag - Patterdale - Rooking - Deepdale Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Deepdale Bridge, Patterdale

About half way between Patterdale and Hartsop, Deepdale Bridge is a lovely little spot providing access to the quiet and secluded valley of Deepdale. On the opposite side of the road a path crosses the fields to join up with the route between Patterdale and Hartsop.

Parking is free and there is room for about a dozen cars.


Route Map


The little footbridge over Coldcove Gill (just past Wall End).

Looking ahead into Deepdale.
It's always good to go somewhere new and as none of us had ever walked in Deepdale before, we thought this valley would be a good option for a different ascent of St Sunday Crag. We've had a lot of rain lately so this route was also a very wet option as the further we walked into Deepdale the wetter it became under foot.

The area at the end of Deepdale is named on the map as Mossydale. This picture looking down to Mossydale was taken from the path next to the waterfalls.

Anne standing on a very cloudy and extremely windy St Sunday Crag summit.
Our original plan was to walk back to Deepdale Hause and then up to Fairfield via Cofa Pike, but we decided the wind was far too severe to walk along the exposed sections on that route. So we changed what we had planned and did an alternative route back.
You should never be afraid to change you're route or even turn back if conditions deteriorate.

Birks from the path off St Sunday Crag.

Ullswater from a little further down the path.

The final short climb up to Birks summit.

Birks summit with St Sunday Crag behind.

Looking down the wall we followed from Birks to Trough Head.

Ullswater with Great Mell Fell and Gowbarrow behind, taken from Trough Head.

Arnison Crag Summit.



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