Thursday 7th October 2010

 

Start Point : Deepdale Bridge (NY 399 144)

Distance : 7.7 miles Height Ascended : 880 metres

 

Route Map

 

Looking across to the Hartsop Above How ridge from near the beginning of

today's walk into Deepdale - this would be my return leg from Hart Crag.

 

Lord's Seat and Gavel Pike.

 

Old flat-stone bridge over Coldcove Gill where it runs into Deepdale Beck - the twin tops of Angletarn Pikes behind.

 

Hetty and Martha have spotted something interesting.

 

A thick layer of cloud envelopes Fairfield - will it clear by the time I'm on the summit?

 

A look back confirms Place Fell to the left is also cloud covered but Angletarn Pikes remain cloud free.

 

Gavel Pike.

Looking to the head of Deepdale.

 

Angletarn Pikes and the shadowed lower northern shoulder of the Hartsop Above How ridge.

 

Greenhow End - my route keeps right to the north of the ravine, up to Deepdale Hause (the dip in the skyline on the extreme right).

 

Mossydale - Deepdale.

 

The narrow valley path weaves over the moraine field of Mossydale.

 

Not spoil heaps but the glacial moraines of Mossydale.

 

The waterfalls below Sleek Cove.

 

Martha.

 

Sleet Cove below Deepdale Hause where the path continues to bob and weave over more moraines.

 

Looking back down the valley over the sheepfold.......................

 

.......normally a place to stop and admire the rock walls of Cofa Pike and Cawk Cove but unfortunately not this morning.

 

Striding Edge from Deepdale Hause and a glimpse of Helvellyn through the gradually thinning cloud that shrouds the higher tops.

 

Grisedale Tarn below Seat Sandal.

 

Cofa Pike summit cairn and not much else.

 

The rocky tor on Cofa Pike.

 

Looking down on Rydal Beck from the top of Rydal Head.

Shortly after this picture was taken the cloud very quickly dissipated leaving all tops clear.

 

Hart Crag from the edge of Fairfield's grassy plateau.

 

Heron Pike and Great Rigg and the distant Coniston Fells.

 

Looking back across the grassy plateau towards the summit of Fairfield which five minutes earlier had been totally obscured.

 

The Helvellyn range over Deepdale Hause.

 

St Sunday Crag.

 

The Hartsop Above How ridge from the top of Scrubby Crag and now extensive views across the Far Eastern Fells.

 

A fine panoramic view over Link Cove and through Deepdale to Patterdale from Link Hause.

 

Hart Crag summit cairn and the view southeastwards which includes the High Street plateau the Yoke/ Ill Bell ridge and Red Screes.

 

Scrubby Crag - Helvellyn and Striding Edge beyond to the right.

 

Greenhow End and St Sunday Crag.

 

Hartsop Above How.

 

Dovedale - the tall grass bending to the strong winds.

 

High Hartsop Dodd over Dovedale.

 

Towards Patterdale and Place Fell.

 

Upper Deepdale and the route taken earlier through the moraine fields - Greenhow End casts a giant shadow over Mossydale.

 

The now clear skies offer great autumnal views across Patterdale.

 

The small village of Hartsop below Brock Crags.

 

Place Fell and Angletarn Pikes.

 

The merest glimpse of Ullswater just left of centre.

 

The only stile crossed today.

 

Autumn in Patterdale.

 

Place Fell from the lower northern slopes of the Hartsop Above How ridge.

 

Gavel Pike and St Sunday Crag - the weatherman got it right after all.