The Backbone of the Eastern Fells

Sat 4 Oct 2003

Route: Rydal - Nab Scar - Heron Pike - Great Rigg - Fairfield - Grisedale Hause - Seat Sandal - Grisedale Tarn - Dollywaggon Pike - High Crag - Nethermost Pike - Swallow Scarth - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - Sticks Pass - Stybarrow Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Great Dodd - Calfhow Pike - Clough Head - White Pike - Old Coach Road - Wanthwaite

Distance: 17.50 miles

Ascent: 6,200ft

Time: 8 hours 35 minutes

With: Andy, Lorraine and Carolyn (until Grisedale Tarn)


Sunshine, blue sky, hail, sleet, strong winds

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Nab Scar from near Rydal Mount

Rydal Water, Loughrigg Fell and the Coniston Fells from the ascent of Nab Scar

Nab Scar summit cairn

The view west from Nab Scar's summit

Approaching Heron Pike's summit

The view west from the ridge to Great Rigg

Looking back down the ridge to Heron Pike from the ascent of Great Rigg with Windermere, Esthwaite Water, Coniston Water and Grasmere all in view

360 Panorama from Fairfield's summit

The view west from the start of the descent off Fairfield

Looking back up the steep descent off Fairfield

Saint Sunday Crag and our line of descent off Fairfield

Dollywaggon Pike, Grisedale Tarn and Saint Sunday Crag from the ascent of Seat Sandal

Great Rigg, Grisedale Tarn and Seat Sandal from the ascent of Dollywaggon Pike

Saint Sunday Crag from the summit of Dollywaggon Pike

High Crag and Nethermost Pike in sunshine with Helvellyn, Catstycam and Striding Edge behind in shaddow

Helvellyn and Catstycam from Nethermost Pike's summit

Looking back south from near Helvellyn's summit

Helvellyn's summit

Catstycam and Red Tarn with Ullswater in the distance

The view west from Helvellyn's summit

The ridge north from Helvellyn Lower Man with the clear path up White Side, our next top

Browncove Crags, Thirlmere and Skiddaw from Lower Man

Looking over High Rigg to Skiddaw

Descending to Sticks Pass with Stybarrow Dodd ahead


Stybarrow Dodd summit as it starts to get very dark

We were caught by a horizontal sleet shower on Watson's Dodd

The view back south from the ascent of Great Dodd

Clough Head summit

Blencathra from the Old Coach Road

Previous Walk: Grange Fell (Fri 3 Oct 2003)

Next Walk: A Boredale Round (Sun 12 Oct 2003)

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