24th April 2011

Simply a fantastic day on a walk from Glenridding


Walk Overview
Time 08.35 to 14.55
Duration 6 hr 20 min
Distance 8.9 mile
Ascent 2900 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Stybarrow Crag - Ullswater - Glenridding - The Rake - Glenridding Dodd - Sheffield Pike - Nick Head - White Stones - Hart Side - Birkett Fell - Glencoyne Head traverse - Nick Head - Bleabank Side - 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

Ullswater was as nice this morning as I've ever seen it, so rather than set off walking from Glenridding itself, we decided to park down the road at Stybarrow Crag; just to enjoy the walk along the shore of the lake. This picture was taken right opposite the car park looking towards Gowbarrow Fell.

I imagine there'll be lots of travellers resting here later in the day.

Looking down to the Greenside Mine area from the steep path up The Rake.
The fell on the left is the northern face of Birkhouse Moor.

Sheffield Pike seen from Glenridding Dodd.

It was here that Jennifer suggested taking a different route onto Sheffield Pike. Instead of the 'normal' route we take up the south east ridge, we followed the wall for a while and then picked a route through the crags and heather. It may not be as exhilarating as the other route, but then again I've never thought a walk had to be exhilarating to be enjoyable.

Glenridding Dodd summit in front of Birkhouse Moor.

"It was your idea so I'm happy to follow on where you take me"

High above is Heron Pike (not the Fairfield horseshoe one).

Ullswater was lovely today, not just from the waters edge, but also from vantage points as obscure as this one.

Sheffield Pike summit.

And again, in front of Ullswater.

I'll bet it's busier over there on the Helvellyn fells than it is here.

"You've got the Eccles Cakes in your bag so make sure you don't fall into that big hole".

A view back down the grassy fellside shows Sheffield Pike in front of the far eastern fells.

Ahead of us is Hart Side, one of the easiest sections of the route. Only 15 minutes walk from White Stones.

Hart Side summit cairn(s) in front of Great Dodd.

Lunch with a view, just below Hart Side summit.

Now without the cairn in the way.
If you look carefully you can see someone down there. I guess we weren't the only ones after a bit of peace and quiet.

A short walk from Hart Side is Birkett Fell; one of the most unmistakable of all the fells tops in the Lake District. No, not because of the view or it's location, there's a stone with "Birkett Fell" carved into it on the other side of the cairn.

Just before taking this picture we met the first person of the walk. We'd seen others in the distance, but this was the first one we'd actually passed.

Looking down to Glencoyne. The fell behind is Sheffield Pike.

To get back to Nick Head (the low point on the left), we followed this narrow path which traverses Glencoyne Head. This is a great little route across here and not nearly as precarious as it may seem from a distance.


It wasn't half hot walking across here. If ever you're looking for a sun trap this is the place to come.
That's Sheffield Pike sticking up over there. We walked down the diagonal path you can just make out running down the side of the fell.

I assume there was some sort of training exercise going on today. This helicopter was flying back and forth for ages, it seemed to land in a few different places and then a few minutes later it was off again.

Heading down the northern side of Sheffield Pike (Bleabank Side).

Two big rocks and part of one big lake.
The white dot between the stones is the gable end of the row of cottages called Seldom Seen.

and here's a picture of the back of the cottages.

Looking down to Glencoyne Farm.

Down by the lake and all that was left is the short walk back to the car.


You can hardly blame them can you.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks