Heron Pike

Heron Pike

Eastern Lake District

Route: Stone Arthur, Great Rigg and Heron Pike

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 19th September 2013

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 7.6 miles

Ascent: 2,400 feet

It rained all morning and I’d more or less abandoned any hopes of a walk, but in the afternoon it cleared up just enough to drive over to Grasmere and climb Stone Arthur, which I’d not visited for many years

I parked in the centre of the village and after a short section alongside the A591 I turned off to climb up to Stone Arthur. At the top it’s apparent that the fell, which looks so impressive from valley level, is simply part of the ridge down from Great Rigg

I followed the ridge up to Great Rigg, then made the easy down and up to Heron Pike.

I then decided to visit Alcock Tarn, so made a pathless descent to it, and shortly after that I re-joined my original ascent path and walked back into Grasmere village, where I made the customary visit to Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop. The weather had been overcast with occasional rain and wind gusts of up to 40 mph, but I’d still enjoyed my afternoon on these lovely fells 

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