Sty Head

Sty Head

Southern Lake District

Route: Sty Head

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 30th December 2014

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 7.5 miles

Ascent: 2,100 feet

Weather: Misty on tops, snow on higher ground, mostly overcast

I had hoped that this page could be entitled ‘Esk Pike and Great End’, since those two fells were my intended destination today. When I started this site in January 2013 it was my ambition to have a link to a walk up all of the 214 lakeland fells within two years, and Esk Pike and Great End were the only ones left

I set off from Seathwaite and folllowed the wonderful path uphill along the side of Grains Gill. As I gained height, Great End came into view – or rather didn’t, since the top was shrouded in mist. After much internal debate, and after almost reaching Esk Hause, I decided to give the fells a miss, as I can’t see the point of walking when there’s nothing to see, a shame when I’d done the donkey work and wasn’t far from the summits

I retraced my steps to the top of the Grains Gill path and walked past Sprinkling Tarn, then on to Sty Head. This well known mountain pass looked very dramatic, surrounded as it is by some of lakeland’s grandest fells

I then followed the path alongside Styhead Gill back to Seathwaite. Although I hadn’t accomplished my mission, I’d still had a great walk in wonderful scenery, so had no regrets at all

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