14th October 2006

A walk from Patterdale - Grisedale and St Sunday Crag


Walk Overview
Time 08.45 to 13.40
Duration 4 hr 55 min
Distance 9.2 mile
Ascent 3251 ft
Walking with On my own
Patterdale - Grisedale - Ruthwaite Lodge - Grisedale Tarn - Deepdale Hause - St Sunday Crag - Gavel Pike - Lord's Seat - Birks - Arnison Crag - 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

Sunshine on Keldas, taken from the path below Glenamara Park.

Looking ahead through Grisedale. A long, but very enjoyable route to Grisedale Tarn.

Still quite a bit to walk. Grisedale Tarn is found just beyond the lowest point on the skyline.

This time looking back down the valley from Ruthwaite Lodge.



Grisedale Tarn with Seat Sandal behind.

The head of Grisedale, seen from the route between Grisedale Tarn and Deepdale Hause.

And from the same spot looking back to Grisedale Tarn. Due to its location on the Eastern ridge this tarn always seems to have people walking past it, in one direction or another. No wonder when you consider that seven different routes all converge here. The scree path from Fairfield, the route from Tongue Gill (Grasmere side of Dunmail Raise), the path down from Seat Sandal, the steep route up from the top of Dunmail Raise via Raise Beck, The Dollywaggon zig-zags, the path from Grisedale and the narrow path from Deepdale Hause.

On route to St Sunday Crag. The fell on the left under cloud is Fairfield with the dark shape of Cofa Pike just visible. Seat Sandal and Grisedale Tarn can be seen again, on the right of the photo.

St Sunday Crag on the left hand edge of the picture and Gavel Pike.

The route off Gavel Pike with Birks and Arnison Crag behind. During the summer months I would have been tempted to take a more direct, off path route to Birks from here, but we've had so much rain over the last couple of weeks I thought it best to give Gavel Moss rather a wide birth. What I did instead, was carry on to Lord's Seat and take a straight line route across the area between Cold Cove and Gavel Moss.

Birks seen from Lord's Seat.

Lots of sunshine now, on Birks summit with Ullswater in the valley. The dark fell on the right is Place Fell.

A fine view down to Arnison Crag.

Ullswater again, this picture was taken from Trough Head.

Looking ahead to Arnison Crag with Place Fell behind.

A close up picture of a sunny Glenridding.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks