13th December 2014

Causey Pike and Scar Crags from Braithwaite


Walk Overview
Time 9:45am to 1:10pm
Duration 3 hr 20 min
Distance 7 mile
Ascent 2300 ft
Walking with On my own
Braithwaite - High Coledale - Barrow Door - High Moss - Causey Pike - Scar Crags - High Moss - Low Moss - Stile End - High Coledale - Braithwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Braithwaite Village

The best option are the half dozen or so spaces outside the school. Other than that, it's a case of finding a space in the centre of the village.


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


Winter arrived this week and along with the frost and snow came gale force winds. What a shame, because it would have been nice to get out for a midweek walk again. Never mind, the weekend is here and for today at least, the weather was a bit kinder to us outdoor types. Here you have the rooftops of Braithwaite in front of Latrigg and cloud topped northern fells.

Zooming in a little on Ullock Pike, Long Side and Carl Side. Dodd is there as well but it blends in really well with everything else.

Ahead of me you can see Stile End, Outerside and the snowy fell on the left which is Causey Pike.

Grisedale Pike rises high on my right hand side.

And here comes the first of a few snow showers I had while out today. Time for a jacket and waterproof trousers.

I'm at Barrow Door now and judging by the wind blowing through here it feels like someone has left the door open. Up on the left is Causey Pike.

That's the way to Barrow but I'm not heading that way today. Instead, , ,

, , , , I'm making my way to the path you see curving around the edge of Outerside over there and then up to Causey Pike.

A view back along the path.

Now I leave the Stonycroft Gill path and head up to Causey Pike.



I join the ridge and make the short journey across to Causey Pike. Between here and the summit another snow shower passed through the area. Brilliant, I love these conditions.

In t'other direction I have a view across to Scar Crags.

An icy Causey Pike summit. That's Derwent Water down there and on the left you can see Barrow. This picture shows how a bit of snow really highlights the paths.


Time to turn around and had across to Scar Crags.

Ard Crag and Knott Rigg in front of Robinson.

A view back across towards Causey Pike. The picture makes the ridge look much narrower than it actually is.

Scar Crags summit. At least the snow helps to hide the stupid path over there on Sail.

Just after taking this picture I did my good deed for the day. A young couple came walking towards me in a right state of panic. "We've been up to the Lakes in summer but we had no idea walking could be this difficult at this time of year. We've underestimated the conditions and overestimated our abilities. Now we just want to get back down but don't know which route to take". I couldn't persuade then to use the same route as I was taking because they'd came up that way and that had really frightened them. There was no way they could walk straight over Causey Pike so I suggested the route I'd just walked up. "It's the easiest route off here regardless of the conditions" I told them.

What I did was walk back along the ridge with them a little way so I could point out the path and show them where they needed to leave the ridge.

They were a really nice couple who had done a little bit of summer walking; unfortunately for their first outing in winter, they'd bitten off far more than they could chew. They were really grateful for the help I'd given them and admitted by the time they'd realised they were out of their depth it was too late to turn around.




Now for the icy bit. I had crampons with me but didn't end up using them, although, I have to admit one section down here was border line. Had that section been any longer then they would have been used.

Looking back up the route.

Ahead of me is Outerside. I'm not going there today.

Heading down the Stonycroft Gill route.

You're spoilt for choice with paths around here. Today, I made my way over to Stile End.

A close up of part of Derwent Water.


On top of Stile End I turn around for a view across to Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Sail and Outerside.

I'm below the snow line now and heading back down to Braithwaite. Despite the snow higher up, this was the only place I actually slipped, , , twice. I never hit the ground but wasn't far off.

Braithwaite Methodist Church.

And here's some artwork in front of the church.

Well, I wasn't up there for long, but I really enjoyed this first taste of winter. Hopefully this is the start of a good snowy winter.
As I set off walking, a car pulled up beside me and the couple I'd helped out on Scar Crags got out and thanked me again. I don't mind admitting it felt good to have helped out in this way. I never thought of it like this, but the girl said I'd made the right decision for them rather than them making the wrong decision for themselves.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks