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Monday 14th December 2009

Start point: Grasmere (NY 339 082)

Grasmere - Alcock Tarn - Greenhead Gill - Stone Arthur - Grasmere

Distance: 3.2 miles    Total Ascent: 525 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: Light drizzle at first, clearing. 3oC

Route Map

In complete contrast to the end of last week and the weekend, it was a drizzly start this morning for a walk up to Alcock Tarn and Stone Arthur. There is nothing we can do about the weather though and we have to accept whatever is thrown at us...but it would have been nice for the cold, calm and clear days to continue for a little while. The forecast shows a significant snow 'event' this week so hopefully it will all change for the good once more.

First view of snowy Wetherlam through the trees.

Helm Crag and the snow capped central fells.

The cold climb to Alcock Tarn.

The Vale of Grasmere.

Sepia Stone Arthur and Great Rigg along Greenhead Gill.

Great Rigg across the boggy small tarn adjacent to Alcock Tarn.

Alcock Tarn.

The Langdale Pikes across the tarn.

Dougal tests the water.

I didn't expect to see this today - the sun!

Bright sunshine at the base of Helm Crag.

Descending to Greenhead Gill with the steep line of ascent up the fell side to the right.

Greenhead Gill.

Grasmere and the Coniston fells.

Grasmere from the top.

Casper and Dougal on Stone Arthur, Seat Sandal beyond.

Steel Fell.

The Langdale Pikes and Easedale Tarn.

Heron Pike and Alcock Tarn.

The ruin on Stone Arthur.

The summit of Stone Arthur.

The path back down to Grasmere.

Greenhead Gill.

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