I had a linear route planned for today and was dropped off at Glenridding and picked up at Aira Force. This allowed me to get in several Wainwrights as well as a series of Birketts that I needed to summit.


Date: 21st April 2014 Ascent (m/ft): 1566m (5138ft)
  Start Location: Glenridding Highest Point: White Stones (795m/2608ft)
  Time Started: 11:00 Parking: Car Park at Glenridding
  Duration: 5 Hours 37 Minutes Weather: Sunny - Slight Haze

17.2km (10.68 Miles)

Difficulty: Difficult
Glenridding - The Rake - Glenridding Dodd (442m/1450ft) - Heron Pike (612m/2008ft) - Sheffield Pike (675m/2215ft) - White Stones (795m/2608ft) - Hart Side (756m/2480ft) - Birkett Fell (725m/2379ft) - Brown Hills (551m/1808ft) - Swineside Knott (553m/1814ft) - Watermillock Common - Common Fell (552m/1811ft) - Round How (387m/1270ft) - Bracken How (373m/1270ft) - High Force - Aira Force

The lovely valley of Glenridding with Birkhouse Moor high to the left and Raise over to the right.

I am at the top of The Rake here which was a very steep path (and because of the wind direction it was a sweaty walk too). The rocky peak over there is Heron Pike which is the same height as the other Heron Pike near Grasmere.

The summit of Glenridding Dodd. Thats Place Fell behind and Angletarn Pikes over to the right.

This time with Birkhouse Moor, the pointed summit of Catstye Cam and Raise over to the right.

Ullswater from Glenridding Dodd.

Lots of fells to the south east. The little one in the foreground is Arnison Crag.

Heron Pike. The ridge along the left is the one I will take up to the top.

Catstye Cam.

Hart Side - thats the last Wainwright I will do today.

Birks and St Sunday Crag.

Gowbarrow Fell and Ullswater.

Still some snow on Helvellyn.

The summit of Heron Pike (Birkett).

Now thats a cracker of a view!!

The small cairn on Heron Pike with Helvellyn behind.

Sheffield Pike summit with an old boundary marker.

And here again but looking towards Ullswater.

Helvellyn from Sheffield Pike.

White Stones to the left (the highest point today) and Hart Side to the right.

Thats the ridge I will be following which takes me down to High Force and Aira Force which are both in the trees on the far right below Gowbarrow Fell.


... And its Ski Lift.

A mighty quarry on the eastern side of White Stones.

One of the many cairns on White Stones.

Hart Side as seen from White Stones.

A view to Stybarrow Dodd from White Stones.

This is the summit cairn on Hart Side. The small cairn you can see over to the left is Birkett Fell - where I am headed next.

And this is the top of Birkett Fell.

Deepdale and Dowthwaitehead.

Great Mell Fell.

Sheffield Pike.

The small cairn on Brown Hills.

The top of Swineside Knott.

Common Fell as seen from Watermillock Common.

The summit cairn on Common Fell.

This is the view from Round How.

And this cairn marks the summit of Bracken Fell.

Round How from Bracken How.

High Force.

The top of Aira Force.

Aira Force.