20th July 2008

A Sunday on St Sunday Crag


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 14.30
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 8.7 mile
Ascent 2786 ft
Walking with On my own
Patterdale - Glenamara Park - Grisedale - Ruthwaie Lodge - Grisedale Tarn - Deepdale Hause - St Sunday Crag - Gavel Pike - Birks - Thornhow End - Glenamara Park - Patterdale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, opposite Patterdale Hotel

I think I'm correct in saying that the hotel actually owns the car park, so needless to say there is a charge. Thankfully this is a daily charge and if I'm honest it is well worth the cost when you consider the fantastic selection of walk that can be undertaken from this spot.

It does tend to fill up rather quickly though, and not only during the summer months.


Route Map

I always enjoy the walk from Patterdale through Glenamara Park, whether it be to reach the bottom of the Thornhow End or as was the case today to cut across to the road into Grisedale. It's just a shame that no sooner do you realise just how nice this area is that you've passed through it and have actually ended up somewhere else.

It was a day of light showers and warm sunshine today, and although the showers were annoying while they lasted, none of them warranted the use of a jacket, so I can't complain too much. The sunshine on the other hand was most welcome.


Grisedale is a lovely valley, quite a long way I have to admit, but the interesting variety of terrain goes some way to prevent the walker from asking "are we nearly there". The lower end of the valley, seen here, has two options as far as routes go. The one I took today (on the right of the picture) follows a slightly lower level route, whereas the path on the opposite side is just a little higher up the fellside.

This picture was taken near enough to the point where the two paths join, leaving only one path for the walk up the higher end of the valley to Grisedale Tarn.

Ruthwaite Lodge.

Gaining height now and looking back down Grisedale.

Grisedale Tarn and Seat Sandal.
The path through the lower point on the left leads down to the Grasmere end of Dunmail Raise and from the low point on the right you can follow a path down the side of Raise Beck to the top of Dunmail Raise.

After leaving Grisedale Tarn I headed up the narrow path which leads diagonally up the fellside to Deepdale Hause.

Looking ahead you'd expect the route to be much steeper than it actually turns out to be. There are a couple of rocky bits further on, but nothing too bad.


The view across Deepdale Hause to Cofa Pike and Fairfield.

And in the opposite direction looking ahead to St Sunday Crag.

I had the heaviest shower of the day while I was on St Sunday Crag. Thankfully the rocky bit (not quite a cave, but still enough to crouch under) just below the summit provided enough shelter to keep me dry. Ten minutes later I emerged in brighter and much windier conditions.

Gavel Pike, which a subsidiary top found a short walk from St Sunday Crag's summit. Surprisingly this great little fell doesn't seem to get many visitors at all. Personally, I think you quite often get the opportunity for a better view once you move away from the 'main' summit; this being a case in question.

Ullswater seen from a very windy Gavel Pike.

Looking in the same direction as the previous picture, from my off path route between Gavel Pike and the path near Birks.

Heading across to Birks.

Looking back to St Sunday Crag and Gavel Pike (the darker, pointed fell on the left).

A close up of Hartsop.

And of one of the landing stage in Glenridding.


Descending the steeper section of Black Crag / Thornhow End.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks