29th April 2006

Keswick to Grasmere along the Cenral ridge.


Walk Overview
Time 08.30 to 17.00
Duration 8hr 30 min
Distance 17 mile
Ascent 4100 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Keswick - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Bleaberry Fell - High Seat - The Pewits - High Tove - Armboth Fell - Bell Crags - Ullscarf - Greenup Edge - High Raise - Sergeant Man - Blea Rigg - Lang How - Silver How - Grasmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Keswick

There are so many car parks and so many roadside options in Keswick I've grouped them all together into one. To state the obvious, the car parks all charge and the roadside parking is rather a hit and miss affair.


Route Map




Keswick and the Skiddaw fells taken from Walla Crag.
Today's walk was from Keswick to Grasmere along the central ridge as far as High Raise, before turning down to Sergeant Man, Blea Rigg and Silver How. It was a long and very tiring walk through what is probably the wettest area in the Lake District. Although I have to say, conditions today were quite a lot drier then expected.

Just past Walla Crag summit, looking down to Derwent Water with High Spy and Maiden Moor behind.

Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite seen from the path up to Bleaberry Fell.

Bleaberry Fell summit with Blencathra behind.

Taken below High Seat summit. The Skiddaw fells on the left and Blencathra on the right seen behind Bleaberry Fell.

Walking through the Pewits. This section of the ridge between High Seat and High Tove is probably the wettest section of fell in the Lake District. Even today, when it was dryer than normal it was impossible to follow a straight line route and we still needed to zig-zag back and forth to find the best route.

Looking back to High Seat. The fell in the distance on the right is Blancathra.

The North Western fells from High Tove summit.

Standing next to Armboth Fell summit and looking back across to High Seat.

From Armboth Fell we took as straight a route as possible back to Shivery Knott on the main ridge. This picture shows the rocky summit of Armboth Fell sticking out at the far end of the grassy area. Watson's Dodd, Great Dodd and Clough Head are behind.

Looking back along the ridge.

One of the many unnamed tarns found along the ridge.

Ullscarf summit.

Zooming in on Honister Crags / Fleetwith Pike from Ullscarf summit.
The fells behind are High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike.

From the route off Ulscarf looking over Steel Fell to the Eastern Ridge. The fell with the "dot" of snow is Fairfield.

Greenup Edge Tarns.
Fairfield can be seen again in this picture with Seat Sandal in front and Dollywaggon Pike / Nethermost Pike on its left side.

The view east from the path up to High Raise.
After the distance we had already walked and knowing how far we still had to go, it was a case of intentionally slowing down along the climb up this part of the walk. Or as Andrew said "the spring in our step has gone".

High Raise summit.

Codale Tarn on the left and Easedale Tarn on the right. Two tarns I always enjoy visiting and although I must have seen this view a dozen or more times, I still get the same feeling of satisfaction from being able to see them both at the same time.

Still a long way to go!

Grasmere and Rydal Water taken from Silver How summit.

Just before we crossed Wray Gill.
Helm Crag in cloud, Seat Sandal in the middle of the picture and Fairfield / Great Rigg on the right.

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