19th November 2005

A sunny day on Ullscarf


Walk Overview
Time 09.40 to 14.10
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 8.1 mile
Ascent 2064 ft
Walking with On my own
Dob Gill - Harrop Tarn - Ullscarf - Greenup Edge - Middle How - Wythburn - Dob Gill
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Dobgill, Thirlmere

In stark contrast to the eastern side of Thirlmere this is a wonderfully quiet area with a succession of car parks along the road between Wythburn and Thirlmere dam.

Dobgill car park is free, has ample parking, public toilets and a convenient route up to the central ridge via Harrop Tarn.


Route Map

As I was driving along the road between Keswick and Thirlmere the morning mist was still lingering in the valley from Dale Bottom right through towards Thirlmere. I thought it was far too nice to drive past so I stopped and took this picture looking across towards High Rigg, Clough Head and Great Dodd.

Harrop Tarn, partially frozen and showing some lovely reflections.

Part of the forest track above Harrop Tarn.

Out of the forest now and heading up towards the ridge below Standing Crag. The fells are Raise, Whiteside, Helvellyn Lower Man and Helvellyn.

Blea Tarn and Long Moss. This is normally a very wet area indeed, but walking conditions are much easier when the ground is frozen as it was today.

Blea Tarn, Long Moss and the central ridge taken from Standing Crag.
Bassenthwaite Lake can be seen near the middle of the picture. The higher fells along the right hand skyline are Skiddaw and some of the Northern fells.

One of the many un-named tarns along Ullscarf's long, broad ridge.
Blencathra is the fell on the left of the photo.

Looking back down my route to the Helvellyn fells. Taken from the corner of the fence I'd been following from the fellside above Blea Tarn.

From Ullscarf with Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake in the middle of the picture.
I was still walking in bright sunshine, but from here it looked very hazy / cloudy out towards the coast.

As started to drop down towards Greenup Edge the view south was almost like looking over a sea of cloud.

Looking towards Greenup Edge (left), the higher southern fells (along the back) and the Glaramara ridge (right). The top of Great Gable can be seen on the far right of the picture.

Greenup Edge Tarns.

Three picture taken at different points along the route between Greenup Edge and Wythburn Head Tarns. All with the Eastern fells behind, this one taken from Greenup Edge.

This one taken just below Middle How at the place I crossed the beck.

and the last one was taken just before I reached Wythburn Head Tarns.

Steel End.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks