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St Sundays Crag round

St Sundays Crag round


Postby Phooooey » Sat Sep 22, 2012 5:44 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Arnison Crag, Birks, Fairfield, Hart Crag, Hartsop above How, St Sunday Crag

Hewitts included on this walk: Fairfield, Hart Crag, St Sunday Crag

Date walked: 22/09/2012

Time taken: 5.5

Distance: 15.6 km

Ascent: 1125m

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Cow Bridge - Low Wood - Hartsop Above How - Hart Crag - Fairfield - Cofa Pike - St. Sundays Crag - Gavel Pike - Birks - Arnison Crag - Patterdale - Cow Bridge

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No John this weekend as his daughter is off to Uni, so plans for Blencathra were challenged on Saturday morning as we awoke to clear blue skies and the sun already starting to warm up a chilly morning. As visibility was going to be fairly exceptional today, I decided upon a walk I knew in my head fairly well as I'd planned on doing it a fair few times but for one reason or another not got round to.

A quick fuel and food stop at Asda in Barrow was first call before a rather irate drive to Patterdale following too many drivers who shouldn't have their driving licences, braking on every corner and not getting above 20mph on road with speed limits of 50. This is becoming much more of a problem throughout the lakes as well as coaches thinking they can get over the passes without causing problems (what are they thinking ? :crazy: , pity they don't have a sarcastic clapping smilie as thats what they normally get from me)

Any way, from Cow Bridge car park, we crossed the bridge and through the left gate and took the steep upward path to the left heading up onto the ridge above the nose of Hartsop Above How.

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http://www.dermandar.com/p/cTPrfe/place-fell-to-red-screes-from-above-low-wood
Place Fell to Red Screes from above Low Wood (link above is to 3D Panorama)
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Last part of ascent onto Hartsop Above How ridge
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Looking back to Place Fell & Angle Tarn Crags from ridge

We headed up the ridge which was wet underfoot but not as bad as expected and a nice gentle breeze cooled us down enough to ease with the climbing yet not enough to throw on a fleece or overcoat (T-Shirt only was worn for entire trip today)
More great views opened up as we climbed over Hartsop Above How and on towards the steep ascent to Hart Crag.

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Kirkstone Pass from Hartsop Above How ridge
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Damson on Hartsop Above How summit
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View to Red Screes from Hartsop Above How
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View across Deepdale to St Sundays Crag from Hartsop Above How
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Place Fell from Hartsop Above How
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Arnison Crag & Place Fell from Hartsop Above How
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Start of steep ascent up Hart Crag

On the final ascent we missed a little hook left in the path around a large rock and ended up having to walk across a grass shelf on its right face over a shear drop into Deepdale and a very tight slippery scramble up to the top which didn't bother Damson but petrified me for a few minutes.

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Damson on Hart Crag
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Heron Pike & Nab Scar leading down to Windermere from Hart Crag
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Great Rigg to Fairfield from Hart Crag

The traverse across the top of Rydal Head over Link Hause was next and onto the busy summit of Fairfield. There were over 20 people milling around up here today (probably more tucked into shelters or spread over the fell top taking photos. We took some of our own as the views were exceptional in the clear, cool air and then descended down over Cofa Pike before stopping above Grizedale Tarn for a bite to eat.

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View down Rydal Beck to Windermere from Rydal Head
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Zoom over Low Pike to Windermere from Rydal Head
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St Sunday Crag from Rydal Head
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Damson on Fairfield summit
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View back down Deepdale across to Hartsop Above How from Fairfield
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Helvellyn Range from Fairfield
http://www.dermandar.com/p/agFHRZ/helvellyn-range-panorama-from-fairfield
(Link above is 3D panorama of Helvellyn Range from Fairfield)
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Large westerly panorama from Fairfield (Dollywagon Pike on right)
http://www.dermandar.com/p/cWvwbd/fairfield-panorama
(Link above is 3D panorama of westerly panorama from Fairfield)
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Drop onto Cofa Pike and St Sundays Crag from Fairfield
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St Sundays Crag under blue skies
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Grizedale Tarn & Dolly Wagon Pike from Cofa Pike where we stopped for lunch.
Can anybody have had a better lunch spot than this yesterday ?? 8)

The ridge to St Sundays Crag is fairly relaxing compared to the rest of the walk thus far and has some of the best views across Grizedale Beck to the Helvellyn range, and upon reaching the summit views towards Ullswater and the north open up. A special mountain on a great day. :D

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Descent off Cofa Pike on St Sunday Crag ridge
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View back across Deepdale to Hartsop Above How
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View back up Cofa Pike
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St Sunday Crag ascent
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View back to Fairfield and most of todays walk from St Sundays Crag ridge
http://www.dermandar.com/p/bcUhzz/hartsop-above-how-hart-crag-farfield-from-st-s
Link above is to 3D Panorama of View back to Fairfield and most of todays walk from St Sundays Crag ridge
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Damson on St Sundays Crag summit
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Ullswater from St Sundays Crag

Rather than taking the North East ridge, we headed over to the much neglected Gavel Pike for a few more piccies before heading down the right hand flank of the ridge to pick up the boggy path leading on to Birks.
The broad expanse is topped by a tiny pile of stones denoting its summit.

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Ullswater from Gavel Pike summit
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Damson on Birks
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Looking back up St Sundays Crag from Birks
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Birks Panorama showing Striding Edge and Helvellyn on left across Ullswater to Place Fell on right
http://www.dermandar.com/p/eCTPvg/birks-panorama
Link above is to 3D Birks Panorama

About 100m after the summit stones we took a path leading right off Birks down a grassy bank to meet a stone wall leading very sharply down to Trough Head. The best path kept crossing the wall on the way down and crossed the beck at the bottom on the left hand side of the wall. We saw a small path part way up the opposite bank and headed straight for this, then headed left again following a wall round a small grassy hill before making our final ascent of the day up the flanks of Arnison Crag.

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Descent off Birks follows the wall from top right to bottom left down to Trough Head
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Damson on Arnison Crag summit overlooking Ullswater
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Damson ready to pounce on Arnison Crag :?
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Ullswater and Place Fell
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Boredale Hause & AngleTarn Crags from Arnison Crag
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View back to Hartsop from Arnison Crag
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Hartsop Above How ridge from Arnison Crag

The descent from Arnison follows the wall on the west of the fell top and drops down then right to the Hotel in Patterdale. The beer garden was packed so we didn't stop and headed back down the road towards Hartsop and Kirkstone Pass. A final stroll down a wooded path to the right of the beck leading to Cow Bridge ended todays adventures.

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Last photos of Ullswater from Arnison Crag
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Heading down to Hotel in Patterdale to pick up road back to car park

The fact that there are few words and tons of pictures tells everything you need to know of this walk. Why add more words when the pictures tell it all. This goes down as one of my favourite walks as it had a bit of everything in perfect fell walking conditions.
Pretty much explains why we go fell walking in the first place. :clap: :clap: 8) :lol:
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Re: St Sundays Crag round

Postby yellowbelly » Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:48 pm

Great photos on a superb day for walking. This is a fabulous round trip. Thanks for posting. :D
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Re: St Sundays Crag round

Postby SusieThePensioner » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:19 pm

What a glorious day and such a fantastic walk, Craig! :D Beautiful views, especially the panoramas :thumbup:
Lucky you and Damson :lol:

We had great weather here as well so I went out on the North Pennines taking a few photos :D
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Re: St Sundays Crag round

Postby Phooooey » Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:19 pm

Thanks Yellowbelly and Susie.
The weather was perfect for both walking and photos !

so I went out on the North Pennines taking a few photos

As usual your photos are stunning, especially the colours of the heathers around Derwent Reservoir.
Been a while since Ellie and I were out that way. :D
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Re: St Sundays Crag round

Postby ChrisW » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:58 am

Stunning photos of a beautiful hike Phooooey, love the panos but as always Damson steals the show :D
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Re: St Sundays Crag round

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:40 pm

Another great report and outstanding pics Phoooey. A really terrific Lakeland round :thumbup:
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Re: St Sundays Crag round

Postby ste88s » Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:08 pm

Thanks for the report :thumbup: Ill be doing it tomorrow
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