18th October 2006

A morning in the clouds on Middle Dodd and Red Screes


Walk Overview
Time 09.25 to 13.25
Duration 4 hr
Distance 6.8 mile
Ascent 2359 ft
Walking with On my own
Brothers Water - Hartsop Hall - Middle Dodd - Red Screes - Scandale Pass - Hartsop Hall - Brothers Water
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Cow Bridge, Hartsop

Found within easy reach of the beautiful Brothers Water, and Dovedale, the car park at Cow Bridge is a popular place for those who are looking for an easy stroll through picturesque countryside. Those who are looking for a longer day on the higher fells will also find this a great place to begin a walk. The more inventive fell walker will find this a great place to devise less obvious but thoroughly enjoyable routes.

Parking is free.


Route Map

Hartsop Hall. I can't make up my mind if I got it wrong today or not. The conditions in this area certainly weren't what I was expecting, especially after driving across the Lakes from west to east in sunshine. But I still ended up really enjoying a walk in the eerie silence of low cloud, no wind and poor visibility.

The old farm building at the foot of High Hartsop Dodd.

And again.

This picture shows just how low the cloud was over here today. The area at the back, to the left of the beck, is the bottom of Kirkstone Pass.

The little footbridge I used to cross Caiston Beck.

Looking back down the valley as I started to walk up Middle Dodd.

Middle Dodd summit.

The little shelter just along the ridge from Middle Dodd summit.

Red Screes summit.

Heading down to Scandale Pass. Easy navigation now that I'd found this wall which continues all the way to the highest point on Scandale Pass.

And a little further down the route. It was very wet underfoot and quite slippery on this section of the walk. A couple of times I came close to ending up on the ground.

The top of Scandale Pass. The path I followed runs out of the right hand side of the picture. The path down from the other side of the stile takes you into Scandale and eventually to Ambleside. Continuing straight on would take you to Scandale Tarn and Little Hart Crag.

And then, as if by magic the clouds parted and the sun came out for a brief spell. From the timings on some of the pictures I took, visibility went from being very poor to this in less than two minutes.

Caiston Beck with the bottom of Kirkstone Pass visible in the valley.

The view down towards Brothers Water. The fells in the distance are Place Fell and Angletarn Pikes (the dark double pointed fell).

Looking ahead to the farm building found at the bottom of High Hartsop Dodd.

Brothers Water with Angletarn Pikes behind.

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