St Sunday Crag's east ridge

Sat 24 Jan 2009

Route: Patterdale - Rooking - Crookabeck - Beckstones - Deepdale Bridge - Deepdale - east ridge - Lord's Seat - Gavel Pike - Saint Sunday Crag - Birks - Trough Head - Arnison Crag - Patterdale

Distance: 7.25 miles

Ascent: 2,650ft

Time: 4 hours 40 minutes

With: David Hall


Snow on the fells, cold wind on the summit, broken cloud giving some sunshine

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Patterdale Village Store and Post Office

Deepdale Bridge

Lane Head

Sheepfold at the bottom of Coldcove Gill

Place Fell and Angletarn Pikes to the east as we get into the snow

Dove Crag, Hart Crag and Greenhow End (Fairfield) seen across Deepdale

Arnison Crag with Place Fell behind

Gavel Pike ahead from Lord's Seat

Ascending the east ridge

Heading up Gavel Pike

A steep ascent

On Saint Sunday Crag's east ridge

Approaching Gavel Pike's summit

Looking back down Saint Sunday Crag's east ridge from Gavel Pike

Birks with Ullswater and Place Fell beyond from Gavel Pike

Saint Sunday Crag from Gavel Pike

Looking across to Deepdale Hause

Looking back to Gavel Pike

Saint Sunday Crag's summit

Dollywaggon Pike

Looking west from Saint Sunday Crag's summit

The snow has thawed to slush and then frozen to give big patches of sheet ice

Ullswater from the main path

Looking down on Birks

The top of Helvellyn remains in cloud

Looking back up our descent route off Saint Sunday Crag

Gavel Pike and Saint Sunday Crag's east ridge, our ascent route

Heading across the top of Birks

Saint Sunday Crag from Birks

Ullswater and Place Fell from Birks

Blue sky and snow, magic

Looking down on Arnison Crag

Descending towards Trough Head

This wall is followed for much of the descent to Trough Head

Arnison Crag with a snowy Place Fell behind

Hartsop from Arnison Crag's summit

Ullswater from our descent to Patterdale from Arnison Crag

Previous Walk: Castlerigg Stone Circle and High Rigg (Sun 18 Jan 2009)

Next Walk: Black Crag and Tarn Hows (Sun 25 Jan 2009)

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