Ullswater, Arnison Crag walk

Arnison Crag

Route: Arnison Crag and Birks

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 8th April 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.0 miles

Ascent: 1,900 feet

Weather: Sunny, very cold on the tops

My walk up Place Fell one week ago gave me some good views of Birks and Arnison Crag, and reminded me that I’ve not been there for over five years. Coincidentally the starting place for today’s walk was the same as for Place Fell – outside the George Starkey Hut in Patterdale. There’s only room for about 8 cars there, and we were lucky that there was space available. There are other car parks in Patterdale in the event that this one is full

We walked along the road out of Patterdale, passing by the lovely little Church of St Patrick’s, and then turned off to follow the lane to Grisedale which is clearly signed. We left the lane at a gate and passed through another gate signed ‘Glenamara Park’. As we followed the path uphill there were ever improving views back over Ullswater and down into Grisedale. We arrived at Thornhow End and climbed quite steeply up to reach a flatter area with thrilling views ahead to some of Lakeland’s finest fells including St Sunday Crag, Dollywagon Pike, Nethermost Pike, Helvellyn and Catstycam. These higher fells were covered in snow, and looked majestic today

We continued uphill as far as a marshy area. The main path carries on to St Sunday Crag, but we turned sharp left here to make the easy ascent of Birks, which is a continuation of the St Sunday Crag ridge. From the summit of Birks there was a good view back to the Helvellyn range, and a slightly limited view of Ullswater. We descended from Birks to a depression at Trough Head, the key to our next target, Arnison Crag. We climbed up to gain the ridge and reached the summit of the fell after a short there and back ascent. The views over Ullswater are superb from here. We descended via Oxford Crag, following a path beside a dry stone wall, with more views of Ullswater ahead of us most of the way. The path brought us down to the Patterdale Hotel and from here it was a short stroll along the road back to the start

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