Friday, 22nd August 2008


Walk: Stockghyll Wood, Kirkstone Pass, Red Screes, Scandale Hause, Little Hart Crag, High Hartsop Dodd, Scandale Valley
Start Point: Under Loughrigg Grid Ref: NY 371 044
Distance: 12 miles Ascent: 3,400 feet
Weather: A bright day with sunny spells and a light breeze
Accompanied by:

Marie, Gill, Andrea and Shep

Comments: After walking through Ambleside we soon left the crowds behind (or so we thought) as we headed up through Stockghyll Wood. As we took a brief stop by the turn off to Wansfell Pike there was a constant stream of people on their way up to the pike but, thankfully, none were going in our direction. The walk from here to the Kirkstone Pass is a very pleasant amble along a farm track with good views back down the valley. After leaving the Kirkstone Pass car park we headed up what I consider to be the best and most interesting route onto Red Screes. Following the 'mandatory photo shoot' on the summit we headed down to Scandale Hause and on to Little Hart Crag. After a quick 'out and back' to tick off High Hartsop Dodd we returned to Scandale Hause and headed down the valley and back to Ambleside.


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Stockghyll Force


From the left we can see Loft Crag, Pike O' Stickle, Harrison Stickle, Pavey Ark and Sergeant Man


Looking over Loughrigg to Pike O' Blisco on the left, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell on the right


The path up Nab Scar can be clearly seen, Heron Pike is on the right


Windermere just comes into view as we look back down the valley


Red Screes, the path is just to the right of the brown scree slope


We soon leave the Kirkstone Inn behind . . .


and Shep shows the way round the bend . . .


with Gill following on


We can just make out the three cairns on Ill Bell


Andres is closely followed by Gill . . .


and the Kirkstone Inn gets further away


Ill Bell and Froswick in the foreground with Harter Fell and Kentmere Pike in the distance


No time for lying down, Gill!


Middle Dodd reaches out from the summit of Red Screes . . .


Kath and Marie pose on Red Screes . . .


and a passer by is roped in for a group shot


Little Hart Crag is highlighted by the sun . . .


and again from the path down to Scandale Pass . . .


and is still in the sun as we head up from the pass


Little Hart Crag


High Hartsop Dodd with Place Fell in the distance and Angletarn Tarn Pikes popping up on the right


From here Red Screes and Middle Dodd look quite impressive . . .


if only Shep would face the other way!


For once Shep is caught facing the camera


The path continues down the end of the fell - not for me


High Sweden Bridge - not far to go now!

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