19th December 2009

Deepdale, St Sunday Crag and Patterdale


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 14.20
Duration 5 hr 20 min
Distance 8.5 mile
Ascent 2450 ft
Walking with Andrew and Anne Leaney
Deepdale Bridge - Deepdale Hall - Wall End - Deepdale - Mossy Dale - Sleet Cove - Deepdale Hause - St Sunday Crag - Thornhow End - Patterdale - Crookabeck - Deepdale Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Deepdale Bridge, Patterdale

About half way between Patterdale and Hartsop, Deepdale Bridge is a lovely little spot providing access to the quiet and secluded valley of Deepdale. On the opposite side of the road a path crosses the fields to join up with the route between Patterdale and Hartsop.

Parking is free and there is room for about a dozen cars.


Route Map

Looking back along the lane towards Deepdale Bridge.

Just past Wall End farm we crossed Coldcove Gill using this clapper bridge.

Place Fell (left) and Angletarn Pikes (right) taken looking out of Deepdale.

And again from further into the valley.

Looking up the very steep and icy route out of the valley and on to the ridge at Deepdale Hause.

There wasn't a huge amount of snow on the ground, but there was certainly plenty of ice, as the next few picture show.



Sleet Cove and Deepdale Hause.

On the final steep section below Deepdale Hause.

Dollywaggon Pike, Nethermost Pike and Helvellyn seen from the point where we reached the ridge at Deepdale Hause, this was also the point where we began to feel the full effects of the icy wind.

The view ahead, to St Sunday Crag.

and back, to Cofa Pike and Fairfield.

Enjoying a brief spell of sunshine on route up to St Sunday Crag.

Grisedale Tarn providing the centre piece for a wintry view across Lakeland.

Fairfield and Hart Crag now topped with cloud.

St Sunday Crag summit in front of the far eastern fells and looking slightly brighter in the distance is the Pennines.

Leaving the summit of St Sunday Crag with a view down to Ullswater.

Birks; so close, but with heavy snow forecast for the afternoon we gave it a miss today and took the quicker route around the left hand side of the fell (you can make out the path through the snow). We weren't bothered about getting caught in the snow while we were out walking; quite the contrary in fact. What we didn't want was to get caught on the way home.

Walking along the edge of a precipice, , , not quite to be honest, but you have to admit the photo makes it look quite dramatic.

Winter walking, - - - great stuff.


A close up of a sunlit Great Mell Fell.

Place Fell, also enjoying some sunlight; but not for much longer.

Reflections in Goldrill Beck.

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Lake District Walks