24th February 2007

Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike


Walk Overview
Time 09.45 to 14.25
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with Andrew and Anne Leaney
Stybarrow Crag - Glenridding - traverse front of Glenridding Dodd - Mossdale Beck - Glenridding Dodd - Heron Pike - Sheffield Pike - Nick Head - Glencoyne - Seldom Seen - Ullswater - Stybarrow Crag
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Stybarrow Crag, Ullswater

If Glenridding is full, as it often is during summer, this offers a somewhat convenient alternative. Despite its usefulness in this case the car park is a nice place to begin a walk onto Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike.

Parking is free.


Route Map

Walking along the Ullswater shore path between Stybarrow Crag and Glenridding.

The rooftops of Glenridding seen from the track we followed between the main road and How Head.

We couldn't have picked anything more different from the "normal" routes to Glenridding Dodd if we'd tried. Today's route traversed the Ullswater side of Glenridding Dodd as far as Mossdale Beck, before joining the direct path from Stybarrow Crag. A little slippery and perhaps a little precarious, but still an interesting route to say the least.

Wet and muddy under foot walking through the woods next to Mossdale Beck.

Ullswater seen from the top of Mossdale Beck.

Glenridding Dodd summit cairn with Birkhouse Moor behind (left).

Glenridding, Ullswater and Patterdale.

Looking back to Glenridding Dodd from the bottom section of the path up to Sheffield Pike.

The view down to Glenridding Dodd, Glenridding, Ullswater and Patterdale.

From Heron Pike you get this great view down the length of Ullswater

Sheffield Pike summit just as the cloud base was starting to drop.

The boggy section between Sheffield Pike and Nick Head.

There are quite a few of of these boundary markers around the Sheffield Pike area; this one dated 1912 . Each marker has an M (Marshall of Patterdale Hall) on one side and a H (Howard of Greystoke Castle) on the other.

The view up to Green Side taken from the point at which we turned right and headed down to Glencoyne.

Heading down towards Glencoyne from Nick Head.

Glencoyne Beck and the remains of an old dam.

And the view down to Ullswater.

A little further on from the previous picture and looking in the same direction you get this glimpse of Seldom Seen; the row of old miners cottages "seen" on the edge of the woods.

Sadly these former miners cottages have ended up being used as holiday cottages; just as so many other properties in the Lake District have.

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Lake District Walks