Walk                 : White Side, Raise, Stybarrow Dodd

                        Date                 : 18th  March 2016

                        Weather           : Dry and fine with cloud inversion

                        Route Details    : Thirlspot Farm, Brown Crag, White Side, Raise, Stybarrow Dodd, Sticks Pass return

                        Distance           : @ 7.5 miles

 

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

 

                        Overview

                        A quite remarkable day weather wise in the Eastern region of the Lake District, three Wainwright fells all over 2,500 feet

                                    and the most amazing (and my first witnessed) temperature inversion, made this walk from Thirlspot on the A591 (still closed)

                                    a really memorable one

 

                                    A 3d view of the walk

 

 

 

 

Due to the remaining closure of the A591 at Grasmere I had to journey via the Kirkstone Pass through Glenridding

and Dockray to get onto the A66 Keswick bound, to then pick up the A591 at other side to journey as far back up

to the road closure signs at Thirlspot. On the way I came across the inversion that was hanging over the Central and

Eastern region, this shot being right at the very edge of it

 

 

The starting point of the walk, I parked on the grass verge at the side of the A591 and here looking back North you can see the

other edge of the inversion with Blencathra peeping out over the top

 

 

The walk starts on the path leading through Thirlspot Farm

 

 

Through the farm and across the fields to a gate in the retaining wall on the far side

 

 

Through the gate and access is gained to the open fell by crossing the Thirlmere Reservoir water race

 

 

The water race

 

 

Through the final gate and things start to get fairly steep from here on in

 

 

Knowing what I know now,  my advice would be to head across to the wire fence and “pull your way” up the steep fell side rather than do as I actually

did and use an intermittent stone path (formally part of the old Pony route)

 

 

Looking North across to Skiddaw and Blencathra, now slightly more visible

 

 

Close up on the Skiddaw range. The empty A591 below

 

 

Looking back towards Thirlmere and in the far distance Great Gable and the Scafells

 

 

The wired fence and the stone wall come to an end, and the journey carry’s on over grass still quite steeply, heading towards Brown Crag.

The aim here is to head for a marker cairn at the left hand side of the Crag to save climbing over it

 

 

 

The marker cairn. From here strike a route inwardly away from Brund Gill that runs parallel to the slope on your left hand side.

Head to the right and round the base of Brown Crag

 

 

Looking right to the towering slope of Browncove Crags and eventually to Helvellyn Lower Man

 

 

Baked in sunshine and blue skies, The Scafells

 

 

At this point the path disappears somewhat and the going can be somewhat heavy over the sodden grass

 

 

Higher up and a series of marker cairns help to keep you on track

 

 

From the final main cairn, the summit (shrouded in mist) becomes visible

 

 

And eventually … the summit cairn shelter

 

 

Wow !! at 2,830 odd feet I find myself at the summit and just above the cloud inversion. Helvellyn and Swirral edge prominent above the cloud layer

 

 

Looking North to the steep ridge leading up to Helvellyn Lower Man

 

 

Catstye Cam peeping out of the clouds on the left

 

Click here for a 360 degree panoramic view from the summit … https://youtu.be/TE-ZNDBumEo

 

 

Looking South West towards Great Gable

 

 

From the summit I headed roughly North East towards the second fell of the day … Raise at 2,889 feet. A clear foot path

can be followed all the way with little difficulty.

 

 

Within minutes of my journey over to Raise, the inversion returns and starts to cover the previously clear Catstye Cam

 

 

Approaching the summit cairn of Raise

 

 

Get a wiggle on … its coming back in thick and fast

 

 

Looking back to Helvellyn Lower Man from the summit cairn

 

Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit of Raise … https://youtu.be/zMOXvFxIAIM

 

 

 

Close up of Helvellyn

 

 

Looking North West towards Keswick

 

 

The footpath towards the flat topped Stybarrow Dodd at 2,770 feet and my last fell of the day.

 

 

The path running across my route to the summit is Sticks Pass and that will be my route back down after

 

 

It’s difficult to tell which is the higher cairn on the summit of Stybarrow Dodd. There is this one that is directly off the main path up

 

 

Or there is this one about a quarter of a mile further East. I did regret visiting this one as the mist came in and navigation

back down to the main path became quite tricky !!!

 

 

Thankfully back out of the pea souper just before I descend down Sticks …

 

 

As I journeyed back down the cloud started to move in for keeps – here looking North towards Bassenthwaite Lake

Overall though, a fantastic day out on the Fells, only one thing left to do now ….

 

 

A visit to the Keswickian …. and why not !!!!!

 

 

 

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