In stark contrast to the eastern side of Thirlmere this is a wonderfully quiet area with a succession of car parks along the road between Wythburn and Thirlmere dam.
Dobgill car park is free, has ample parking, public toilets and a convenient route up to the central ridge via Harrop Tarn.
View the starting point overview map
Looking back through the woods between Dob Gill car park and Harrop Tarn.
The lovely Harrop Tarn.
Andrew and I were actually recognised on today's walk. It was quite a bit further up the ridge that the couple seen in this picture asked us if we were who they thought we were. It seemed strange that we'd all chosen this route because it would be less crowded and the only other people we saw knew who we were.
Marked on the map as "Beacon", but in actual fact is more like a short wall perched on top of a rocky summit; this spot offers a fine viewpoint of Thirlmere, the Eastern fells and Blencathra in the distance.
A close up of Steel End; the tiny hamlet found at the foot of Steel Fell at the southern end of Thirlmere.
And looking down the ridge again.
The end of Thirlmere and Steel End seen down one of the narrow gullies on the side of the ridge.
Helvellyn and Nethermost Pike.
On the walk up the ridge we passed so many of these little un-named tarns. This one shows just how the wind was picking up.
The view west from a cold and windy Ullscarf summit.
Having lunch at the summit seemed like a good idea when it was suggested, and although we did have a sit down and something to eat at the top, today was not a day to linger in the cold wind which was blowing across the wide open plateau.
A hastened departure from the summit in search of a warmer altitude took us past this old metal fence post, along to the wooden post at the end of the path and then down beside the fence to Standing Crag.
Following the fence to Standing Crag.
Blea Tarn (one of three found in the Lake District) seen from the rock shelf just below Standing Crag.
And from the same spot, looking a little further around.
Our route took us around to the right of the picture, down to the fence, as far as the small tarn and then over the open fellside to join the path leading to Harrop Tarn.
The un-named tarn seen in the previous picture.
Much warmer now on the path through the woods near Harrop Tarn.