Sheffield Pike, Raise, Stybarrow Dodd, Watson's Dodd and Hart Side -
Thursday 20 January 2011
Glenridding - Seldom Seen - Sheffield Pike - Nick Head - Sticks Pass - Raise - Sticks Pass - Watson's Dodd - Stybarrow Dodd - Hart Side - White Stones - Nick Head - Seldom Seen - Glenridding
Glenridding (Free and Car Parks) - Grid Ref NY386169
Mainly good paths although we headed off path to the summit of Sheffield Pike
Sunny but cold with good visibility
OL5 - The English Lakes - North Eastern Area
Following some pretty heavy rainfall in the preceding days, we had superb weather today. The sun was out and the visibility was fantastic. We were out and about pretty early in order to make the most of the light and conditions and we could have stayed out a lot longer but for the threat of darkness. The walk starts in Glenridding where there is plenty of parking - we were staying in a cottage in the village therefore we could walk from the door today.
There is a bit of road walking to get to the path that leaves the main road just past Stybarrow Crag and once you are on this delightful stretch the walk really starts. We made our way along Seldom Seen and through the Glencoyne Valley before striking up the hillside to reach the Summit of Sheffield Pike. This is a lovely spot and affords you great views down Ullswater. Moving on, we then made our way down to the col at Nick Head and along the Sticks Pass until turning left up the gentle slope to the Summit of Raise. The views gives a grand panorama over the Helvellyn Range and The Dodds and we were so lucky to have the visibility in order to enjoy them.
We were tempted to make the short trip over to White Side but instead kept with our original plan of heading back down to the Sticks Pass junction and carrying on over to Watson's Dodd. Again the views were striking and we could look down to Thirlmere below us. From Watson's Dodd we returned the same way and walked up the gentle slope to Stybarrow Dodd. From here the long path to the next summit of Hart Side could clearly be seen and this is a lovely walk on a good path. With Hart Side bagged we headed back to Glenridding via White Stones and Nick Head before the long transit back to Seldom Seen and the road.
This was another cracking walk - even better with the conditions and visibility we had today.
Ullswater with Gowbarrow Fell in sunlight
Angie on the Summit of Sheffield Pike
The connecting ridge to Greenside & White Stones over the col of Nick Head. The summit of Great Dodd is over the ridge to the right centre
Striding Edge, Catstycam in the foreground and Helvellyn behind, Lower Man and White Side
Approaching Raise looking back to the Sticks Pass and The Dodds. Blencathra in the distance.
Dave on the Summit of Raise
Skiddaw dominates the skyline to the North
Helvellyn, Lower Man & White Side
Looking West from Raise - fells everywhere
Summit of Raise
Thirlmere from Watson's Dodd
Bassenthwaite Lake is just visible beyond Keswick. Skiddaw centre and Blencathra right
Hello Sailor - Dave on the top of Watson's Dodd
Raise, White Side and the Helvellyn Range
The connecting ridge to Great Dodd
Catstycam & Helvellyn
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