5th December 2016

Catstye Cam, Red Tarn, Birkhouse Moor and Lanty's Tarn

Time 8:50am to 12:30pm
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 7.5 mile
Ascent Somewhere in the region of 2500 ft
Walking with On my own
Glenridding - Greenside Road - Greenside Mines - Red Tarn Beck path - Catstye Cam - Red Tarn - Birkhouse Moor - Lanty's Tarn - Glenridding
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Car park, Glenridding

Found in the centre of Glenridding, this car park fills up very quickly indeed. Not just because of the amount of walkers heading onto the Helvellyn fells, but with people just wanting to have a walk around the village. Arriving after mid morning during the summer months would be a bit of a hit and miss situation as far as getting a space goes.

To state the obvious; there is a charge for parking here.

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


Place Fell seen from Greenside Road.


Heading to Greenside Mines.

Catstye towers above me as I make my way around to Red Tarn Beck and it was here that I almost talked myself into crossing the beck and walking up the east ridge (the one on the right hand side).

Interesting clouds above Catstye Cam.

Looking down to Red Tarn from the path up Catstye Cam.

Approaching Catstye Cam summit.

It was very wintry up here today but what a view I enjoyed for the time I was on top of Catstye Cam.


Swirral Edge, taken shortly before I turned left and headed down to Red Tarn.

The snow on here was compacted and frozen and required more concentration than I had a mind to give it. So, I invested a couple of minutes in putting on my micro-spikes for this short section of path. They're no substitute for proper crampons but they're fantastic for this sort of thing. Very quick and easy to put on & take off and more to the point - - they stop you slipping. Yes, worth every penny.


Red Tarn, Helvellyn and Swirral Edge.

Red Tarn is left behind and I make my way across to Birkhouse Moor. No need to bother about slipping on here.

The view back to Catstye Cam, Swirral Edge and Helvellyn.

Birkhouse Moor is lit up nicely as I make my way across there.

The top of Birkhouse Moor.



A close up of Glenridding.

Dinner with a view of Place Fell.

By the time I'd got this far it the wind had all but gone, it was warming up nicely and sleeves were now rolled up.

Back in Glenridding I can't help but shake my head in despair. 1 year to the date since the place was flooded and they still haven't finished working on the improvements to the flood defences. Absolutely shocking that it's taken so long. And, if it did flood again what happens to the water when it gets as far as the bridge down there. By the look of things it'll stop being channeled by the wall and simply run back into the buildings at the bottom of this road. Talking about the wall - - - hang on - - - isn't it the same height as the old one. So what's the point in that.

And to finish, a look back up to Birkhouse Moor.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks