8th October 2016

A Deepdale Skyline

Time 8am to 3:30pm
Duration 7 hr 30 min
Distance 10.2 mile
Ascent I'd be close if I said 3500 ft
Walking with Paul Sharkey
Patterdale - Arnison Crag - Trough Head - Birks - St Sunday Crag - Deepdale Hause - Cofa Pike - Fairfield - Link Hause - Hart Crag - Blake How - Hartsop Above How - Hoggill Brow - Gale Crag - Deepdale Bridge - Beckstones - Crookabeck - Rooking - Patterdale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Car park, opposite Patterdale Hotel / outside the school

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. Those who arrive early can park for free on the pavement just up the road outside the school (not when the school is on).

Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


After a short walk from the cars we leave the valley path and head up beside the wall to reach Arnison Crag. Over there in the distance is Birks.

This is the second opportunity I've had to admire this scene this week. The first time was on Monday when I'd set out to do the same walk as today. But, I didn't even get as far as Arnison Crag that time because the walk was brought to an abrupt end when my glasses broke. As it's such a good route I thought it a shame to just put it on the back burner so, after inviting Paul to join me, we set out in the hope of making it further than Arnison Crag.

Looking across to Birkhouse Moor, Sheffield Pike and Glenridding Dodd.

On top of Arnison Crag and looking across to Birks.

In the other direction we see the fells beyond Hartsop, Brock Crags, Rampsgill Head, High Street, Thornthwaite Crag, Gray Crag, Stony Cove Pike and Hartsop Dodd.

The Trough offers this view to Ullswater with Gowbarrow Fell and Great Mell Fell in the distance. Now the hard work starts for a little while.

Today we take the broken wall route between Arnison Crag and Birks. It came as no surprise that it was no easier today than any of the previous times I've walked up this route.

Birks summit is reached and along with it comes the view across to St Sunday Crag which, for the time being is topped with the smallest amount of cloud.


Zooming in on Nethermost Cove, Nethermost Pike, and Helvellyn.

Cloud rising out of Grisedale.

Not far from the top of St Sunday Crag and the view behind us shows how the day is really brightening up.

Well, you can't complain about the view you get walking off St Sunday Crag in this direction. Grisedale Tarn down there in front of Seat Sandal and of course that's Cofa Pike and Fairfield right in front of us.

Dollywaggon Pike, Nethermost Pike and Helvellyn are all clear of cloud now.

A view back to St Sunday Crag.

Seat Sandal and Grisedale Tarn (plus everything behind) seen from the walk up Cofa Pike.

Our arrival at Fairfield's summit coincided with this big cloud turning up. We still had clear views in every direction but as for sunshine, I'm afraid we were out of luck on this occasion.


Here we go again, some more unashamed summit hoggers. All this space and they park themselves right next to the top. It was quite busy up here and at least two of the people that got here at the same time as us headed towards the cairn, stopped short, looked at the group of blokes for a while and then walked off and sat about 20 yards away.
The annoying thing was, one of the guys sitting on the other side looked around and despite seeing the two girls who clearly would have liked their time at the top, he stayed put.

Dinner with a view across to Scrubby Crag and Fairfield.

Fed and watered we begin our walk along the Hartsop Above How ridge.

Nearing the halfway point of the ridge and it was like stepping back into summer, brilliant.

Looking across to Arnison Crag and Birks, plus Place Fell on the right of the picture.


What a brilliant route - about an hour and a half after dinner, we reach this spot where the ridge begins to drop into the valley. It's very warm in the sun and as Paul said at the time, it's not supposed to be this hot in October.

Riverside views.

We pass Beckstones in the warm sunshine but can't help but notice the dark looking clouds up above Place fell.

And to finish, we look along the Goldrill Beck towards Sheffield Pike and Glenridding Dodd.

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Lake District Walks