14th January 2006

Rydal to Fairfield and back via Stone Arthur and an old corpse road.


Walk Overview
Time 6hr 10 minutes
Duration 6 hr 10 min
Distance 9.5 mile
Ascent 3514 ft
Walking with Chris and Kerenza Harper
Rydal - Nab Scar - Heron Pike - Great Rigg - Fairfield - Great Rigg - Stone Arthur - A591 - White Moss Common - Rydal
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking next to Rydal Church

The roadside parking area runs from the church up hill towards Rydal Mount. Even though there is room for quite a few cars, this is a very popular place indeed and you will need to arrive early if you hope to get a space.

Just around the corner you'll find the Badger Bar offering food and drink.

The parking is actually free, but there is an honest box on the fence next to the church for those who are grateful for a days cheap parking.


Route Map

A section of the ridge path between Nab Scar and Heron Pike. This picture was taken just before the cloud dropped even lower, which meant that most of today's walk was spent in the clouds.

Just past Heron Pike summit you come to another high point where you find this wall (to the right of the ridge path) which runs down to Erne Crag. We didn't follow the wall we just left the main path for a while and used it to get some shelter and to have a quick change into waterproofs, hats, gloves etc.

Fairfield summit was very cold, windy and damp today. After only a couple of minutes in the shelter there was a noticeable drop in the temperature. Not a place to hang around for long.

The last little bit of snow on the edge of the steep drop between Fairfield summit and Cawk Cove.

A view at last. Grasmere from the path below Stone Arthur.

Looking along the path that traverses the fellside below Stone Arthur. The A591 can be seen above the trees.

Looking down to Grasmere.
Our route took us around the right hand side of this picture and down to the point where the beck runs into the trees. The path on the left side of the beck is the route up to Alcock Tarn.

Some nice sunshine lighting up the area around the little ford we had to cross on the way down.

The last section of path before we joined the narrow lane which leads to the A591. The roof of the house on the right of the picture is same house shown in the next photo.

Chris and Kerenza trying to persuade "Jay" to walk through the beck to get a wash. Needless to say, the whole task fell apart when Jay spotted Kerenza crossing the bridge.
Just to the right of the picture is a gate leading onto the lane we followed down to the Swan Inn. The path on the opposite side of the beck is the route up to Alcock Tarn.

The Swan, next to the A591.

Silver How seen from the road between Town End and White Moss Common.

From the same spot, this time looking up the start of the path to Alcock Tarn.

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