|Walk:||Stanah, White Side, Raise, Stybarrow Dodd, Watson's Dodd, Great Dodd, Calfhow Pike, Clough Head, Old Coach Road, High Rigg shoulder|
|Start Point:||Stanah Village Hall||Grid Ref:||NY 318 189|
|Distance:||14 miles||Ascent:||4,000 feet|
|Weather:||A broken covering of cloud allowing some sunshine at times|
Marie, John D, John L (leader), Ray, Gary, Sheila, Keith, Debbie
|Comments:||After taking the path across to Fisher Place Gill we started out on the Helvellyn Gill path but then turned to climb directly up the fell. After a short break at White Side it was a simple walk across the Dodds with their 'undulations'. Another stop at Watson's Dodd provided a good view whilst we ate lunch. Arriving at the shelter on Great Dodd we met a couple of dogs with panniers on their backs. They were quickly followed by a young couple each carrying a young child. Quite a family outing. After a brief pause on Clough Head we headed for White Pike and took a path dropping down to the left and so on to the Old Coach Road. We crossed over the valley road and, with the inevitable 'sting in the tail', climbed to the high path on the shoulder of High Rigg. It was then a simple 'stroll' back to the cars.|
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Waterfalls always attract the camera
The bridge over Sty Beck Fall looks pretty new
Yet another waterfall
The path begins to get steeper . . .
but before long we make our own way up the fellside
Brown Cove Crags with Helvellyn just out of view on the left
White Side with Swirral Edge and Striding Edge on the left and the path up to Lower Man on the right
Gary and John discuss the next part of the route
Marie checks out the cairn on Raise . . .
and I find a different spot to pose on
Where's the finishing line?
Stybarrow Dodd with its easily recognisable cairn
Watson's Dodd, left of centre, is just a grassy stroll away . . .
and our designated spot for lunch
The climb to Great Dodd is not bad from here . . .
and the group prepares to set off
These dogs were made for carrying . . .
but the parents have their own loads too
Great Dodd . . .
Looking back to Helvellyn we see layer on layer of fells
A quick detour up Calfhow Pike . . .
before heading off to Clough Head
I'm sure John's eyes were shut a moment ago!
The last Wainwright of the day . . .
before heading down to the Old Coach Road
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