15th November 2014

Catstye Cam, Red Tarn, Birkhouse Moor and Lanty's Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 9:10am to 12:45pm
Duration 3 hr 35 min
Distance 7.5 mile
Ascent 2500 ft
Walking with On my own
Glenridding - Greenside Road - Greenside Mines - Red Tarn Beck path - Catstye Cam - Red Tarn - Birkhouse Moor - Lanty's Tarn - Glenridding
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Glenridding

Found in the centre of Glenridding, this car park fills up very quickly indeed. Not just because of the amount of walkers heading onto the Helvellyn fells, but with people just wanting to have a walk around the village. Arriving after mid morning during the summer months would be a bit of a hit and miss situation as far as getting a space goes.

To state the obvious; there is a charge for parking here.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


I arrived in Glenridding with a couple of routes in mind today. Both options were based around the weather and the final decision would be made at the top of Catstye Cam. If the cloud did happen to clear I'd head up Swirrel Edge onto Helvellyn and if not, I'd drop down to Red Tarn and Birkhouse moor. I didn't mind which walk I'd end up doing so whatever happened this was going to be a winner.

Birkhouse Moor seen from the Gillside / Greenside Road junction.

Looking back down Greenside Road.

Not far from the mine buildings now but first, , , ,

, , , , I pass the old gunpowder / explosives store for Greenside Mines. I think it also doubled up as a smoking shelter for the miners during their dinner hour. Yes, those were the days when H&S wasn't quite as strict as it is today.

Two pictures of Swart Beck.

Okay, I know it's easy enough to loose things when you're out walking but, how could anyone not realise they'd left this behind.

Glenridding Beck seen from the bridge just above the mines.

Ahead of me you can see Catstye Cam topped with cloud.

Red Tarn Beck.

Looking back towards Sheffield Pike.

Up into the clouds I go on Catstye Cam.

Approaching the top of Catstye Cam.

Here's the top of Catstye Cam. You should see Helvellyn, , , , but not while I was here today.

From Catstye Cam I walked to somewhere around the lowest point on Swirral Edge before turning sharp left and heading down to Red Tarn. It was very atmospheric here today, not a breath of wind, not a sound and no other people. Add that to the cloud, and I had myself 15 minutes of peacefulness sitting next to the waters edge (on a rock).



Red Tarn's outflow.

On route between Red Tarn and Birkhouse Moor I pass by Hole-in-the-Wall.

and a bit further on, I take a picture showing a section of the wall without a hole in it.

Birkhouse Moor summit.

Ah, now the view returns.

A little further on from this point the main path heads off to the left for a more direct route back to Glenridding. As I was in no rush, I continued straight ahead and followed the wall down to Lanty's Tarn.

Zooming in on Ullswater.

and now a close up of Glenridding.

That's the tarn down there in among the trees. The big wet bit on the left of the picture is Ullswater.

Glenridding Dodd, Ullswater and Gowbarrow Fell.

Sheffield Pike and Glenridding Dodd.


Lanty's Tarn. Surprisingly it started raining while I was here, not what I was expecting today. Last night I was told there was "0% chance of precipitation". That's posh for it's not going to rain.

Lanty's Tarn reflections.

"Don't have a go at me. It's not my fault it fell over when I leaned against it"



It was warm but somewhat damp when I got back in Glenridding; a typical late autumn day. I'd love to hang about but if that kid falls and cracks his head on a rock I'll get dragged into the incident, so, this is my cue to leave.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks