4th March 2006

A long walk over nine of the Eastern fells from Patterdale.

Walk Overview
Date 4th March 2006
Time 09.00 to 17.00
Duration 8 hr
Distance 14.4 mile
Ascent 5650 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Patterdale - Arnison Crag - Birks - St Sunday Crag - Cofa Pike - Fairfield - Grisedale Tarn - Dollywagon Pike - Nethermost Pike - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Glenridding Common - Glenridding - Patterdale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, opposite Patterdale Hotel

I think I'm correct in saying that the hotel actually owns the car park, so needless to say there is a charge. Thankfully this is a daily charge and if I'm honest it is well worth the cost when you consider the fantastic selection of walk that can be undertaken from this spot.

It does tend to fill up rather quickly though, and not only during the summer months.


Route Map

A close up of Ullswater, taken from Arnison Crag summit.

From Birks summit looking towards the Helvellyn ridge.

Up in the snow now and walking up the steeper section of the path up St Sunday Crag.

Leaving St Sunday Crag and heading for Cofa Pike and Fairfield. A frozen Grisedale Tarn can be seen to the right of Andrew.

The very steep and rather icy path up Cofa Pike with Deepdale Hause and St Sunday Crag behind.

St Sunday Crag again, this time taken from Fairfield with the pointed Cofa Pike in the picture.

A wintry Fairfield summit with the southern fells in the distance.

Grisedale Tarn.
Our original plan was to walk up Seat Sandal and then return to Patterdale via the long walk through Grisedale. However, once we realised what the conditions were going to be like on the Helvellyn ridge we decided to walk up the zigzags to Dollywagon Pike and walk the Helvellyn ridge again. This was the second time in the last week we'd walked this ridge, but we were too close and the conditions were too good to miss.

Grisedale Tarn with quite a few cracks in the ice. St Sunday Crag is the fell on the right of the picture.

Looking across to Fairfield from just below Dollywagon Pike.

The Helvellyn ridge with a fresh covering of snow on top of last weeks ice.

Helvellyn taken from the slopes of Nethermost Pike.

Red Tarn from Helvellyn.

Catstye Cam and Red Tarn with Ullswater behind.

Looking towards White Side and Raise.

Catstye Cam seen from the route to White Side.

The Dodds and Blencathra from White Side.

A section of deep snow on the traverse of the fellside below Raise.

A last burst of sunshine along the path to Greenside Mines and Glenridding.

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