18th October 2007

A frosty start for a walk up Birks, St Sunday Crag and into Deepdale


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 14.25
Duration 5 hr 5 min
Distance 8.9 mile
Ascent 2830 ft
Walking with On my own
Patterdale - Glenamara Park - thornhow End - Birks - Gavel Pike - St Sunday Crag - Deepdale Hause - Sleet Cove - Deepdale - 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

The view across to Keldas, taken from the path through Glenamara Park.
I set off this morning in lovely Autumn conditions with blue sky, sunshine and a reasonable frost in the valleys.

On the drive past Ullswater this morning there were large areas of the valley which were still hanging onto the overnight cloud. I was hoping the cloud would still be there as I ascended Thornhow End, but it had retreated much faster than I had anticipated. In fact, you can just see the last of the cloud disappearing behind Silver Crag.

Looking back down the steep fellside on Thornhow End.

Birks summit. Behind we find Dollywaggon Pike, High Crag, Nethermost Pike and Helvellyn.

St Sunday Crag seen as I was leaving Birks. The path running across the side of the fell is the one I followed from the main ridge path to Gavel Pike.

A close up of Grisedale Pike and Seat Sandal.

And a wider view, seen from the ridge between St Sunday Crag and Deepdale Hause.

Dollywaggon Pike and High Crag.
The higher section of the path from Grisedale Valley to Grisedale Tarn can be seen running up the bottom left corner of the picture.

I had intended to continue up onto Fairfield today and then decide where to walk next. When I reached Deepdale Hause however, I stopped for a drink, looked down into Deepdale and thought, why not. So I headed down the steep scree path into this lovely secluded valley.

Now that was a steep route if ever there was one !!

Life in the undergrowth or is it land of the giants.

It was so nice walking through this area in the sunshine that I left the path to take an off path and slightly higher route for a while, just to avoid the shadow of The step / Greenhow End (between Fairfield and Hart Crag).

Looking back up to Deepdale Hause ( the lowest point on the skyline ).

Peace, quiet and seclusion on the route through Deepdale. There were lots of people in the car park and there were also a few outside the Patterdale Hotel, but after passing the hotel I only saw one other person until I reached Crookabeck.
The double pointed fell in the background is Angletarn Pikes.

A little further through the valley, with Place Fell now in the picture.


The footbridge over Coldcove Gill.

Deepdale Hall in front of Place Fell and Boredale Hause.

I don't think the insurance is going to pay out on this one.

Luxury holiday accommodation in the English Lake District.
Quiet location, competitive rates, available for immediate rental.
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Heading down to Deepdale Bridge from the aptly named Lane Head.

Deepdale Cottage.


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Lake District Walks