Wednesday 23rd March 2011


Start Point : Patterdale (NY 396 159)


Distance : 8.7 miles          Height Ascended : 830 metres


Route Map



Thornhow End (right) - the route up towards Birks.


The path up Thornhow End is steep and the view down Ullswater becomes progressively more extensive as height is quickly gained.


The view across Grisedale to Birkhouse Moor from Thornhow End.




St Sunday Crag - onwards and upwards.


The way forward is graced with great views across to Striding Edge and the Helvellyn ridge.


Ullswater from the north east ridge.


Nethermost Pike, Helvellyn, Striding Edge and Catstye Cam.


A slightly hazy view over Birks towards Place Fell and beyond.


The Hevellyn ridge, Striding Edge, Catstye Cam and Birkhouse Moor .


Nethermost Cove.

The southwestly aspect from the summit of St Sunday Crag includes Fairfield, Seat Sandal and Dollywaggon Pike.


Nethermost Pike, Helvellyn, Striding Edge and the merest glimpse of Catstye Cam.


Upper Deepdale.


Upper Deepdale - Gavel Pike to the left and the Hartsop above How ridge to the right.


Deepdale Hause.


Hetty leads the way down from Deepdale Hause.


Seat Sandal and Grisedale Tarn.


Brothers Parting Stone.

This is the place where Wordsworth said a last farewell to his brother John : his verses are inscribed in the rock outcrop.


Here did we stop; and here looked round

While each into himself descends,

For that last thought of parting Friends

That is not to be found.

Brother and friend, if verse of mine

Have power to make thy virtues known,

Here let a monumental Stone

Stand sacred as a Shrine.


St Sunday Crag.


Hetty waits……….




A delightful setting for Ruthwaite Lodge.


Memorial plaque


The view down Grisedale from Ruthwaite Lodge.


Grisedale – Birk Fell and Place Fell make up the shadowed skyline.


Looking back up Nethermostcove Beck.


Place Fell.


Looking up to the Angletarn Pikes / Brock Crags ridge.