Ullswater from Birks

Arnison Crag

Eastern Lake District

Route: Birks and Arnison Crag

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 27th September 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.0 miles

Ascent: 1,900 feet

Weather: Mixed cloud and sun

It rained heavily all morning but just as forecast there was an improvement at lunchtime so without ado I set off to Patterdale and on arrival parked in one of the spaces outside the George Starkey hut

I walked past the church and followed the lane to Grisedale. After walking along the valley path for a short distance I turned off to start the steep climb up Thornhow End, made easier by a series of rocky steps. At the top of this section the gradient eased – and the path got wetter

I was soon at the summit of Birks, which is marked by an insignificant cairn, and after taking in the views I made my way down to Trough Head following an indistinct path beside a ruined dry stone wall

From there it was an easy ascent to Arnison Crag, which enjoys better views of Ullswater than its higher neighbour. I made my way down to Patterdale via Oxford Crag with the lake in view most of the way down – a good way to end a very enjoyable walk

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