8th October 2011

Not a walk from Ambleside - Arnison Crag from Patterdale instead


Walk Overview
Time 11.00 to 15.55
Duration 4 hr 55 min
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with Jill and Nigel Batchelor
Patterdale - Arnison Crag - Trough Head - Glenamara Park - Lanty's Tarn - Keldas - Glenridding - Ullswater - 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 wonder how many people can say they've parked at Ambleside to set off on a walk from Patterdale. I'd arranged to meet up with fell walking friends Jill and Nigel for a walk from or near to Ambleside today. Unfortunately the weather wasn't too good and we were struggling to think of somewhere suitable to walk. Then I saw their "to do list" and there was Arnison Crag. That'll do I said, we can walk up there and I'll come up with something once we get there to make the route a little longer than a straight up and down walk.
My car was left in Ambleside while Nigel took us all over Kirkstone Pass to walk from Patterdale. Thankfully I got a lift back to Ambleside after the walk.

It was one of those jacket on, jacket off, jacket back on days today. I think by this point I'd already taken mine off about three times.
I really do envy those people who don't overheat as I do. Although, I suppose I have the advantage in winter when most people are affected by the cold that I don't seem to feel. I'm not sure which is best to be honest.

Mist rising out of Glenamara Park.

After a short but steep walk up from valley level the path skirts around the craggy summit. Meaning you gain the actual top from the opposite direction to your main ascent route.

The higher tops were hidden by the cloud and there was a bit of rain in the air, but a very brief spell of brightness lit up the valley and the lower fells to give surprisingly clear views for such a murky day.

Arnison Crag summit in front of Ullswater.

Trough Head.

This is the top of the slippery ladder stile we used to get from Trough Head into Glenamara Park. With nothing to hold onto and almost no grip, cautious just about sums up our not so elegant crossings.

Heading through Glenamara Park.

Hag Beck.
Admittedly this isn't the most attractive name, but don't let that put up off, this is a lovely spot. Even more so on a sunny day.

On route through the park we passed this unusually shaped tree. The shape was odd enough, but I was more surprised because it hadn't been blown over in a storm.

Arnison Crag.

The high point with the trees on is Keldas; our lunch spot.

Grisedale Beck.

Grisedale, seen from the path up towards Lanty's Tarn.


A rather sad looking Lanty's Tarn. Come to think of it, this tarn always seems to have an air of neglect about it.

Sheffield Pike and Glanridding Dodd.

A close up of the cottages on Greenside Road.

Ullswater, taken from our lunch spot on Keldas.

Glenridding, offering and bit of brightness on an otherwise dull day.


I don't think the owner of these will have done much trade today.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks