21st August 2010

Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike


Walk Overview
Time 08.45 to 11.45
Duration 3 hr
Distance 5.1 mile
Ascent 2010 ft
Walking with On my own
Stybarrow Crag - Ullswater path to Glenridding - Rake Cottages - The Rake - Glenridding Dodd - Heron Pike - Sheffield Pike - Nick Head - Bleabank Side - Seldon Seen - Ullswater - Stybarrow Crag
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Stybarrow Crag, Ullswater

If Glenridding is full, as it often is during summer, this offers a somewhat convenient alternative. Despite its usefulness in this case the car park is a nice place to begin a walk onto Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike.

Parking is free.


Route Map

I'm not tight-fisted or anything, but I saw no point in paying to park in Glenridding when I knew I'd be walking past this free spot anyway. Obviously it meant a different start point. To be honest though, it made little if any difference to a relatively short walk like this.

On the route out of Glenridding I passed by a very summery looking Travellers Rest. Apart from the fact that it was closed, I didn't think I'd travelled far enough to deserve a rest so I just carried on walking.

Walking past the cottages on Greenside Road.

Rake Cottages and Gillside Campsite taken from the short, but steep and unforgiving path up The Rake.

Birkhouse Moor.

A sunlit Glenridding Dodd summit set against the black looking fells further along the lake.

Still at the summit and now looking in the opposite direction.
I almost forgot to say; it was blowing a gale up here today. And while I'm sure it would have been manageable to go higher up, I was pleased that Sheffield Pike was my highest point on the walk.

Sheffield Pike, seen as I retraced my steps from Glenridding Dodd back to the top of The Rake.

Glenridding Dodd, taken from the start of the climb up the side of Sheffield Pike.

I always think it a shame that the route up to Sheffield Pike doesn't last longer than it actually does. This is a great little section of path which twists and turns and gives you the feeling of being much higher than you actually are, it has some dramatic views and thankfully, it hasn't been over used and turned into a super highway.

On the opposite side of the ridge the view opens up to show most of Ullswater and in the far distance the Pennine fells.

Well, if I get across there with dry boots I'll eat hay with a donkey !!

Sheffield Pike summit.

And again.

Somehow this old boundary stone has found its way to the summit. The "H" stands for the Howard estate of Graystoke. I didn't look, but I'm confident that there is a letter "M" in the opposite side which indicates the Marshall estate of Patterdale

Yes, I know there's an "M" on this side as well, I simply assumed that along with everything else this was just graffiti; obviously done before the advent of the spray can. I can just see a group of board teenagers walking up here in 1830 armed with their hammers and chisels. Not exactly the cut and thrust of modern day graffiti where you can nip in, spray your initials and then run off before you get caught. Nevertheless I'm sure M, ER and JW all walked away feeling like they'd successfully rebelled against something.

Just before leaving the summit I took this picture looking towards the Sticks Pass area of the eastern fells.


And all too soon it was time to start heading down hill.

A view to Glencoyne Head.

Zooming in on the ruined dam in Glencoyne.


I don't know why this row of ten cottages is called Seldom Seen. I've managed to spot them every time I've been here.

Looking down to Glencoyne.

Almost at the end of a great little walk and now all I need to do buy some hay and find a donkey that wants some company.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks