|Walk:||Kirkstone Pass, St Raven's Edge, Stony Cove Pike (Caudale Moor), Hartsop Dodd, Stony Cove Pike, St Raven's Edge, Kirkstone Pass|
|Start Point:||Kirkstone Pass car park||Grid Ref:||NY401 080|
|Distance:||7 miles||Ascent:||2, 340 feet|
|Weather:||Very cold with a passing snow shower and sunny spells|
Marie, Gill, Andrea and Shep
|Comments:||The air was very cold as we were leaving the car park and just after our coffee stop a show shower could be seen heading south from Ullswater. This quickly reached us and passed in about ten minutes. The northerly wind was cold, as forecast, but there were some excellent views, especially over the Kentmere Horseshoe. After the initial short rocky climb the ascent to Stony Cove Pike was a long but gradual one. From there we headed down to Hartsop Dodd, directly into the wind. With the wind behind us the return to Stony Cove Pike was a relatively easy ascent. Even though we found shelter by the wall for lunch, it wasn't long before we were starting to feel the cold and continued on the return to Kirkstone Pass. Three fell ponies (Shetland ponies) were waiting by the last stile, obviously used to the attention they received from passers-by.|
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Looking back to Windermere from above the Kirkstone Inn . . .
across to Red Screes . . .
and back down to Kirkstone Pass
From Stony Cove Pike the 'ups and downs' of Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick can be clearly seen . . .
and Thornthwaite Crag is 'just across the hause'
It's pretty cold on Caudale Moor summit (Stony Cove Pike) . . .
where Gill and Andrea pose for Marie
Our route now leads down to Hartsop Dodd, with Ullswater just appearing to the right
Hartsop Dodd . . .
which has a good view down to the valley and Ullswater - somewhat swollen after the recent rain
In the opposite direction Red Screes pokes its head up on the right
The Dovedale Valley leads up to Hart Crag and Fairfield, with the Helvellyn Fells leading off to the right
Returning from Hartsop Dodd we are treated to a sunlit scene of Sheffield Pike with Blencathra just visible in the distance
The wall provides shelter from the wind but it is still rather cold
The sun welcomes us back to the Kirkstone Pass . . .
and Shep poses for a photo . . .
as do these Shetland ponies . . .
who enjoy some attention from Gill
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