10th June 2006

The Patterdale side of Kirkstone Pass skyline


Walk Overview
Time 08.55 to 13.55
Duration 5 hr
Distance 8.5 mile
Ascent 3586 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Kirkstone Pass - Red Screes - Middle Dodd - Brothers Water - Hartsop - Hartsop Dodd - Stony Cove Pike - St Raven's Edge - Kirkstone Pass
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, top of Kirkstone Pass

This must be one of the highest car parks in England. Found at the top of Kirkstone Pass at over 1450ft above sea level. One of the routes to this spot is via the road aptly named The Struggle.

Once here, the two obvious routes are up to Red Screes, directly above the car park or above the Inn you have the St Raven's Edge ridge leading onto Stony Cove Pike.


Route Map

Looking down on the Kirkstone Pass Inn.
The road running towards the top of the photo takes you down to Troutbeck and the one on the right leads to Ambleside.

Red Screes summit.

Walking down Smallthwaite Band to Middle Dodd.

A very similar view to the ones on Wednesday's walk, with Brothers Water in the valley and Place Fell / Angletarn Pikes behind. A very steep descent with no let up at all.

Place Fell and Angletarn Pikes again, this time taken from the footpath to Hartsop Hall and Brothers Water.

Mother and child near Hartsop Hall. The fell behind is Dove Crag.

The little village of Hartsop seen from the start of the climb up Hartsop Dodd.

And from much further up the path, with Ullswater at the end of the valley.
It was scorching hot while we were on this section of the walk, we were sheltered from the wind and the sun was straight ahead of us. It makes for very difficult walking, but then again this is the weather we should be getting at this time of year.

The view back down to Hartsop Dodd.

Stony Cove Pike summit with High Street and Thornthwaite Crag behind. We were both ready for something to eat by now and although it was still very hot in the sun, it was more a case of finding shelter from the wind then shelter from the sun.

Also taken from Stony Cove Pike summit was this view of the Ill Bell ridge.

Caudalehead Tarn.

Looking back over Caudale Moor to Stony Cove Pike.

Shortly after leaving Caudale Head you come to this monument to Mark Atkinson who died in June 1930 and his son William who died in April 1987, both of the Kirkstone Pass Inn.

Pike How from the path to St Raven's Edge.

A side on view of Red Screes with Kirkstone Pass running along the bottom of the picture.

Kirkstone Pass again.



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