18th February 2007

Exploring the Deepdale side of Birks and Arnison Crag

Walk Overview
Time 09.50 to 14.20
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 6.5 mile
Ascent 1940 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Patterdale - Thornhow End - Birks - Trough Head - Arnison Crag - Trough Head - Deepdale Hall - Deepdale Bridge - Crookabeck - 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 fine view of Ullswater, taken from the ridge near Thornhow End.

A close up of one of the Ullswater Steamers approaching the landing stages at Glenridding.

The view across to Helvellyn and Catstye Cam.

Rather than continuing along the more popular path from Thornhow End we turned left (after crossing the stile) and headed up the more direct line of the ridge. After a steep, twisting ascent, the rocky path gives way to this grassy and quite easy going section of fellside which leads to Birks summit. The path on Thornhow End was quite busy this morning with quite a few larger groups of walkers. Unsurprisingly, after we left the main path we never saw anyone else until we reached Arnison Crag summit and no one after that until we were walking past Deepdale Bridge.

A broadside view of Place Fell, with Boredale Hause on its right and with Beda Fell and Loadpot Hill behind.

Looking across to St Sunday Crag and Gavel Pike (left) from Birks summit.

Heading down to Trough Head.

Along the path to Trough Head we passed this old ruin. I'm not sure what it was originally, but it can't have been much judging by how small it is.

The rocky summit of Arnison Crag seen here in front of Place Fell. Our ascent to the summit was made up the right hand side, the descent was down the middle of the rocky section below the actual summit.

Catstye Cam (the pointed fell at the back) and Brikhouse Moor. The ridge in the foreground is Thornhow End which we walked at the start of the walk.

Another view of Ullswater, this one taken from Arnison Crag summit.

Leaving Arnison Crag. The darker fell in the background is Sheffield Pike.

This view of Arnison Crag definitely makes the fell look much bigger than it really is.

After leaving Arnison Crag we doubled back to Trough Head, took an off path route between Coldcove Gill and Aiken Crag and then picked up this delightful, but little used path into Deepdale.

We were back down at valley level now and getting another view of Place Fell. This picture was taken as we were walking along the track between Deepdale Hall and Lane Head.

Arguably still part of Patterdale, but actually marked on the map as Rooking.

Goldrill Beck; crossed a couple of minutes before the end of the walk.

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