12th May 2012

Walking the Lakeland Passes - Walk 13 - Grisedale Hause, Dunmail Raise and Deepdale Hause


Walk Overview
Time 07.00 to 16.00
Duration 9 hr
Distance 20.7 mile
Ascent 4800 ft
Walking with On my own
Patterdale - Grisedale - Grisedale Tarn - Tongue Gill - Grasmere - under Helm - Dunmail Raise - Wythburn Church - top of Dunmail Raise - Grisdale Tarn - Deepdale Hause - Deepdale - Deepdale Bridge - Rooking - 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

7am at Patterdale Church.
Today's walk took me to places you wouldn't normally expect to visit on the same outing. Patterdale, Grasmere, Wythburn, Grisedale Tarn twice and Deepdale. I didn't go anywhere I hadn't already been lots of times in the past; it was linking them all together in this way that was a first for me. It may seem a bit of an odd route, but it gave me a good long day on the fells covering a lot of ground, and a nice sense of achievement at the end of it.
I only have one piece of advise about this walk. Don't have such a big lunch at Wythburn Church, , , the walk back to the top of Dunmail Raise felt much harder than it normally does.

I'm in Grisedale now and although it was the middle of May and it was a nice sunny morning it was nowhere near as warm as you'd expect it to be. I think I said so at the time, but that hot spell we had in March came far too soon.


Looking back along the lower section of Grisedale. Last time I was through here was on New Years Day when it was absolutely shucking it down. This was altogether more agreeable.

Time to start gaining a little height now.

A long distance view back through Grisedale.

This is the Brothers Parting Stone of Wordsworth fame. It marks the spot where William (the poet) last saw his brother John (the sailor) on September 29th 1800. John was a Commander of the East Indiaman "Earl of Abergavenny", a ship that sank of Portland on 5th February 1805; claiming the lives of almost 300 people, including William's brother. The shipwreck was so serious that it resulted in the launch of the first life boat in Weymouth in 1805. The wreck was also one of the earliest salvage attempts with a diving bell, by a Mr Braithwaite who employed the bell and gunpowder to uncover and collect the treasures. John Wordsworth's sword can be seen at Rydal Mount.
Canon Rawnsly, arranged for William's poem to be carved into the rock in the 1880s.
Here did we stop; and here looked round
While each into himself descends,
For that last thought of parting Friends
That is not to be found.
Brother and friend, if verse of mine
Have power to make thy virtues known,
Here let a monumental Stone
Stand–sacred as a Shrine

Grisedale Tarn and Seat Sandal. Grisedale Hause is the low point on the left of the picture. Once I get there, it's all downhill to Grasmere.

Walking beside Hause Moss.

A view back up to Grisedale Hause. I always think there should be a tarn up here in Hause Moss. I suppose whatever is needed to keep the water in place simply isn't there.

Long distance views were nice and clear today and this one shows the Coniston fells.

The path I took can be seen down on the left of the picture. It was down there that I saw the first people since setting off from Patterdale. They were an American couple who were walking the Coast to Coast. They asked me how much water was in the becks and if there were passable. Once I showed them that the bottom of my trousers were almost dry they seemed a bit relieved. They'd walked through Borrowdale on Thursday and as anyone up here that day would know, the rain was torrential for most of the day.

Looks like aliens have been at it again. They've obviously mastered the art of making crop circles so now they must have turned their attentions to stone circles.

A view back up to Grisedale Hause.

Looking across the fields to Helm Crag and Gibson Knott.

Almost down at the A591.

It's that time of year.

I took an identical picture to this one a few weeks ago on a not so dry day and with a lot less green on the trees.

This is a lovely walk along here, it keeps you away from the main A591 for a while and if offers soem great views across to Seat Sandal. Fairfield and Stone Arthur.

Passing by Ghyll Foot farm / Cottage.

Town Head.

On Dunmail Raise. It's a good job there's a path next to the road otherwise I'd have been setting off from here at the crack of dawn to avoid getting splattered by a car or a bus.


The top.

Time to leave the road and take a safer route down to Wythburn.

There are lots of trees along here so the views are few and far between. I stood for a few minutes waiting for the sun to some out, , , OK, to be precise, I was actually waiting for a cloud to move; when it did, I took this picture looking down to the Steel End and the Wythburn end of Thirlmere.

Wythburn Church.


Back at the top of Dunmail Raise and now I turn left and head up to Raise Beck.


Raise Beck waterfalls.

Turning around to get a picture of Steel Fell and a small section of Dunmail Raise; before it disappears from site.

And here I am back at Grisedale Tarn. Earlier; I walked along the other side of the tarn and followed the path out of the right hand side of the picture. This time; I'm heading to the far end of the tarn and then up to the low point on the skyline on the left.

I'm heading across to the path you can see running diagonally up the left side of the picture.

Looking down to the upper section of Grisedale. I would tell you I was down there earlier today, but you already know that so there's no point.

Well, this is Deepdale Hause and the end of the up hill climbs for today. This doesn't mean the walk is nearly over. I still have to walk all the way through Sleet Cove, Mossydale, Deepdale and then back to Patterdale.
That's St Sunday Crag, by the way.

Deepdale. Certainly not hidden, but definitely a gem.

Looking back up the steep route down from Deepdale Hause.

Above the waterfalls, , ,

, , , and below them.


Walking through Deepdale and looking towards Place Fell and Angletarn Pikes.

The same two fells only this time seen from the track next to Deepdale Hall.

Heading down to Deepdale Bridge.

And here it is.


and to finish, a photo of Patterdale seen below Birkhouse Moor.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks