A Kirkstone Round

On June 26 the weather was still very overcast to start with, but I decided it was going to improve so we embarked on one of Stuart Marshall's marathons.  The idea was to start from Hartsop, go straight up, along, down to the Kirkstone pass, up again to Red Screes, and along and around to the four Wainwrights on the western side of the pass.  And no, we didn't make it the whole way, because we were too whacked...

Here are some pictures
(click on any picture for a larger version):

That is the village of Hartsop down there, with Ullswater in the distance..  We are on Hartsop Dodd, a climb which shakes away the cobwebs.  It has in fact many similarities to out last fell of the day, High Hartsop Dodd (which is of course lower in height), since both have apparently only one way up, and that is straight up the front.
The dogs quickly into their pose at the top of Hartsop Dodd.

After Hartsop Dodd you follow a wall along for a mile or so to the the top of Caudale Moor.  This cairn denotes the highest point, called Stony Cove Pike, which is most un- pike-like.  But it certainly looks like a moor, especially in this weather.
But it was the highest point around here, and you could see for some distance - downwards at least.  That is Windermere in the distance.

To the east you can see the distinctive outline of Ill Bell and Froswick
Now we needed to descend to the Kirkstone Pass, and here you see the highest pub in England - with, inevitably, a few coach parties.  It's a thousand feet down, and the other side is a thousand feet up, only steeper.

But the weather was indeed improving, and we could at least see the top of Red Screes.
You can see the path from the end of the car park to the start of the climb up Red Screes.

Windermere again visible as you climb up from the col.
I'm still not too sure what was happening here.  This sheep did not move a muscle all the time we were there, but its eyes were watching us all the time.  Perhaps it had got indigestion, or something worse...

The dogs were concentrating on their pose, of course.

Looking from the top of Red Screes over Middle Dodd to Brotherswater.
Further along the ridge to Middle Dodd.

Little Hart Crag, our next stop, from the ridge to Middle Dodd.
From the top of Little Hart Crag, looking north towards Ullswater

Loooking down from High Hartsop Dodd towards Brotherswater.
This where we started, Hartsop Dodd, as seen fro the lower slopes of High Hartsop Dodd.

Descending High Hartsop Dodd.  Place Fell is behind Brotherswater.
High Hartsop Dodd from the bottom.  This is very similar to the view we got first thing in the morning, looking up Hartsop Dodd.  The path in both cases is straight up...

Just to remind us of last week: Angletarn Pikes are the twin peaks on the left.
Looking up the Kirkstone Pass, you can see Caudale Moor on the left, and Red Screes rising on the right.

Our walk in one picture: Hartsop Dodd and Caudale Moor on the left, Red Screes and Middle Dodd in the middle, and High Hartsop Dodd and Little Hart Crag on the right.

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