15th May 2010

St Sunday Crag and Grisedale from Patterdale


Walk Overview
Time 06.45 to 12.30
Duration 5 hr 45 min
Distance 10.4 mile
Ascent 3010 ft
Walking with On my own
Patterdale - Arnison Crag - Trough Head - Birks - Gavel Pike - St Sunday Crag - Deepdale Hause - Grisedale Tarn - Ruthwaite Lodge - north west path above Grisedale - road to 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

The early morning light was lovely this morning, but sadly it wasn't to last. I'd hardly walked any distance at all before the clouds rolled in and the rest of the walk was done with a series of frustratingly short bursts of sunshine. I'm not really surprised they were so short, it was blowing a gale on the tops and the clouds were scurrying across the sky a terrific speed.

Turn left here and before you know it you'll be on the top of Arnison Crag.

A view back shows the southern end of Ullswater.
The fell on it's own in the far distance is Great Mell Fell.

Arnison Crag summit.
I suppose the obvious thing to point out here is Catstye Cam; the dark pointed fell in the left.

Looking back down to Arnison Crag, taken from the steep grassy route up to Birks.

Birks summit in front of St Sunday Crag.
The diagonal line you can see along the front of St Sunday Crag is the path I used today. The reason I went that way instead of heading straight up the ridge path was to get some shelter from the wind which was really picking up as I gained height.

Over the summit of St Sunday Crag and now heading towards Deepdale Hause.
I was going to walk to Grisedale Tarn anyway, but it was while I was walking here that I decided to a complete lap of the tarn.

Grisedale Tarn and Seat Sandal.

St Sunday Crag, seen from the side of Grisedale Tarn.

Seat Sandal.


Ruthwaite Lodge.


A short de-detour took me down to this large sheepfold.

Grisedale Beck.

For most of the route through Grisedale you're given the impression that Place Fell is blocking off the end of the valley.

It looks a long way when you turn round and have a look back from here.


Patterdale church; complete with a bride to be. It's a good job the clock is about six hours fast or she might have found the church empty.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks