13th February 2016

Glenridding Dodd, Sheffield Pike and Glencoyne Traverse

Time 8:55am to 1:35pm
Duration 4 hr 40 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 2400 ft
Walking with Rod Hepplewhite
Stybarrow Crag - Ullswater path to Glenridding - Rake Cottages - The Rake - Glenridding Dodd - Heron Pike - Sheffield Pike - Nick Head - Glencoyne Traverse - Glencoyne Dam - Seldon Seen Cottages - Ullswater - Stybarrow Crag
Fells visited
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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


To start, here's a view down Ullswater to Gowbarrow Fell.

The travellers Rest is passed on the way out of Glenridding, although, these two travellers didn't feel the need to rest yet.

Looking back along Greenside Road towards Place Fell.

A view over Rake Cottages to Birkhouse Moor. It's a steep walk up here so you have plenty of stops where you can look back to admire the scenery.

Glenridding Dodd summit.

Looking t'other way we see Sheffield Pike. For now, cloud free and with blue sky above it.

Glenridding Dodd seen after crossing the top of The Rake and beginning the walk up the side of Sheffield Pike.

Don't forget to look on the right hand side of the path for the rock that looks like a Rhinoceros head (sort of).

A view back down shows Glenridding Dodd, Glenridding, Patterdale and part of Ullswater.

It's certainly a much less muddy route across here when the ground is frozen, as long as the ice doesn't crack.

As we approach the top of Sheffield Pike the cloud rolls in. Never mind, we can always gain some comfort from the thought that it was now turning quite atmospheric. That just means there was no view for a while.


Sheffield Pike summit.

Just and so below the cloud base we begin the walk around the Glencoyne Traverse route.

A very murky Ullswater, Glencoyne and Sheffield Pike hidden by the cloud.

There's no need to worry about being able to follow the traverse path, just do what we did and keep a look out for the red dots. I should add that from here the path looks much more precarious than it actually is. You have to be careful in these conditions but on a calm, dry day with no snow or ice, you'd have to be pretty clumsy to 'fall off'.

Looking across to Sheffield Pike.

From this side of the traverse path we head down to the ruined dam which you can just make out down there. To state the obvious, it's across the beck.

and here it is.

I'm not sure why they'd build this with two separate walls, unless the gap between them used to be full of stones or something. Even so, I have assumed a complete solid structure would have been better.
I don't know, I just thinking out loud.

Looking through Glencoyne to Glencoyne Head.

Snow / sleet falling over Ullswater but thankfully we escaped the heaviest of it.


And here we are at Seldom Seen Cottages, , , , , unless you come here quite a lot.

Lunch with a view back along the track to Seldom Seen Cottages. I wonder how many times those two people have seen them.

Back at the cars and conversation turns to how walks on these two fells usually ends up taking longer than you'd expect, if you simply look at distance walked & time taken. We didn't walk particularly slowly and we didn't stop for any great length of time so I guess it's just the way it works out here. However long it took it was still a great walk, especially the walk around and across Glencoyne.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks