24th August 2014

Fairfield to Stone Arthur


Walk Overview
Time 8am to 1:15pm
Duration 5 hr 15 min
Distance 6.4 mile
Ascent 2800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Mill Bridge - Tongue Gill - Grisedale Hause - Fairfield - Great Rigg - Stone Arthur - A591
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, A591 outside Grasmere

I've described this spot as roadside parking, but it is actually a rather long lay-by found between Grasmere and the bottom of Dunmail Raise. It is quite a popular spot, so latecomers may arrive to find it full. If this turned out to be the case the best alternative would be to try one of the car parks in Grasmere itself. It all depends on where you're going of course, but the distance this would add onto your walk is not much at all.


Route Map


About two months ago we walked from Stone Arthur to Great Rigg and instead of walking across to Fairfield on that day, we decided to come back 'shortly' to walk up Fairfield from Grisedale Tarn. Today turned out to be the day. We had an early(ish) start but not quite early enough to see the valley filled with cloud. This picture shows the remnants of a cloud inversion slowly disappearing into thin air.

Gibson Knott and Steel Fell.

No need to bother with the bridge today. Even if we hadn't used the stones the water wasn't deep enough to spill over the boot tops.

A view down a shaded Tongue Gill to a sunny Helm Crag and Gibson Knott.

It's always nice to see a decent path like this. Much better than some of the useless attempts of footpath construction we see while we're out and about.
Work in Progress

Here's a long distance view over Tongue Gill towards (to name a few) Silver How, the Coniston Fells, Pike O'Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Helm Crag.

We're on the final section of path leading up to Grisedale Hause.

Dollywaggon Pike and Grisedale Tarn.

That's where we're heading. It's steep and quite loose under foot but, the zigzags help and it doesn't last long. As Jennifer said, "it's easier to walk up here than it is to walk down"

Looking back towards Seat Sandal.


Grisedale Tarn and Dollywaggon Pike. The zigzag path up the side of the fell can clearly be seen from here.

Looking down to Grisedale and a small part of Ullswater. Up on the right is St Sunday Crag.

Admiring the view.



Cofa Pike and St Sunday Crag seen from the top of Fairfield.

From Fairfield we head down to Great Rigg, but where are all the Fairfield horseshoers. We had expected it to be very busy along this section of path. Between here and the turn off for Stone Arthur we only passed 6 people.

Looking back to Fairfield.

We walk down to Stone Arther which takes no time at all. What we need to do now is find a good spot for something to eat, , , ,

, , , , "no, not in there. We'll carry on as far as those rocks down there".

This is better, this is definitely a lunch spot with a view.


Grasmere Sports.

I don't think this lady has quite got the hang of camouflage.

It seemed to take ages to get down from Stone Arthur and all the while it was getting hotter and hotter. By the time we got back to valley level it was it a lovely summer afternoon. Just what we all like in August.

Dora's Cottage in front of Helm Crag.

Mr & Mrs

And that was another great walk. Perhaps not the longest walk but a really enjoyable one none the less.

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Lake District Walks