Walk                 : Red Screes & Middle Dodd from the Kirkstone Pass Inn

                                        Date                 : 11th  April 2015

                                        Weather           : High winds, freezing cold but dry around 7°C

                                        Route Details    : Car Park opposite Kirkstone Pass Inn, Red Screes, Middle Dodd and return

                                        Distance           : @ 3 miles

 

                                                Click here to see which part of Lakeland this walk is situated ….

 

                                        A 3D visual of the walk

 

 

 

                                        Overview

                                       

                                                            After the last few days of warm sunny weather, the forecast was predicting a change back to more wintry conditions and it was right.

                                                            Fortunately, the rain held off and visibility was very good, however the drop in temperature by about 10 to 12 degrees than of recent

                                                            days and combined with very high and gusting winds gave this walk a little added edge. At 2,541 feet Red Screes is a prominent feature of

                                                            the journey along the Kirkstone Pass on it’s way to Patterdale and beyond

 

 

 

Taking the Kirkstone Pass road out of Windermere, this walk starts from the Car Park opposite the Kirkstone Pass Inn which is free of use. Here is an

early view of the south east ridge which presents an easier route than it initially looks

 

 

The gate at the north end of the car park gives access to the open fell side

 

 

Navigation and walking is greatly assisted by the “stone staircase” which is prominent for most of the route

 

 

Slightly further up and the path leads to the start of the South East ridge

 

 

Looking back down towards Rydal Water and Windermere in the far distance

 

    

 

The staircase swings round right of the crags and at this point a little rock handling is called for

 

 

Back on the stairs again as I approach the “hairpin” bend

 

 

Looking across to the sheer face of Raven Crag, by now the wind was biting cold and blowing fiercely

 

   

 

The scree path as it approaches the hair pin, the marker post shows the direction. At this point you have to traverse a sloping slab which under normal circumstances

would be effortless, but in this wind, a little care was needed

 

 

To give an idea of the height and exposure on the ledge, here is a view looking back down to the Inn – it’s reasonably steep !!

 

  

 

On the approaches to the summit

 

 

The summit shelter cairn is just a short distance away now and is a welcome break from the biting wind

 

 

A fabulous view across the Tarn over to the Scafells with Great Gable and Pillar to the right

 

A 360 degree panorama from the summit ….. http://youtu.be/u1wa5iCSyUA

 

 

 

Looking North East towards the Helvellyn range

 

 

Due north over Brothers Water towards Place Fell and Angletarn Pikes

 

 

At this point a “bit of weather” blew over from the West making the view across to Great Gable a tad murky

 

 

After a short pit stop I start the descent north heading towards Middle Dodd. The path is very well defined, here looking back to the summit Trig Point at the start of the drop

 

 

The descent down to Middle Dodd

 

 

Depending on how brave you feel, you can skirt quite closed to the edge of the ridge. In today’s wind this was close enough for me !

 

 

An idea of the scale of the drop in altitude, you can just make out the summit trig point in the centre of the shot

 

 

The summit cairn on Middle Dodd

 

 

Helvellyn still snow capped

 

 

On the way back and three Lakes in one shot …. Windermere (left), Rydal Water and Coniston Water in the distance

 

 

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