Sunday, 2nd September 2012


Walk: Nab Scar, Heron Pike, Great Rigg, Fairfield, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, High Pike, Low Pike, Rydal Park
Start Point: Rydal Road Grid Ref: NY 364 062
Distance: 10.5 miles Time: 6.5 hours
Weather: Sunny and warm for most of the day
Comments: Approaching the Fairfield Horseshoe in a clockwise direction most of the climbing was completed in the first half of the walk. The steep(ish) climb to Nab Scar was followed by a more gentle ascent to Fairfield via Heron Pike and Great Rigg. It was unusually quiet at the summit and we took time to enjoy the views in all directions. Continuing on our way we made short work of the rocky descents from Fairfield and Hart Crag. It was then a grassy walk beside the wall to reach High Pike and Low Pike, followed by the final descent and a walk through Rydal Park.

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This chair would be welcome at the top of the climb


The northern reaches of Windermere


From left the horizon comprises of: Pike O'Blisco, Crinkle Crags,

Bow Fell, Harrison Stickle, Pavey Ark and Sergeant Crag


The group gathers on Nab Scar


Loughrigg in the foreground with Coniston Water in the distance


Time for elevenses on Heron Crag with views to Fairfield . . .


and Windermere in the opposite direction


From higher up Grasmere and Lingmoor Fell come into view


Great Rigg provides the background for another photo


From Fairfield the ridges of the Far Eastern fells stand out clearly . . .


and panning round St Sunday Crag, Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike appear in the foreground . . .


while further to the left Helvellyn sports a cloudy hat


Making our way to Hart Crag we can see our route up the western arm of the horseshoe . . .


and a cairn marks the summit . . .


as we stop for lunch . . .


before gathering for a group photo


Tony proudly conquers the summit of Dove Crag as Robb looks on . . .


and Christine has a tale to tell


It's all downhill from here (well, nearly)


By the time we reach High Pike we have decided that this has been the best day of the summer . . .


and I take it easy on Low Pike


Almost down and we can see our initial climb to Nab Scar


Scandale Beck

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