The Fairfield Horseshoe

Start point: Rydal (NY 365 062)

Rydal – Nab ScarHeron PikeRydal Fell Stone Arthur Great RiggFairfieldHart CragDove CragHigh Pike (Scandale)Low Pike – Low Sweden Bridge – Rydal Park – Rydal

Distance: 10.5 miles     Total Ascent: 1180 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours

Weather: Clear at lower level, tops in mist. 4oC.

It was lovely and clear first thing this morning for a walk of the Fairfield Horseshoe with which I added a slight detour out to Stone Arthur above Grasmere. It was interesting to watch the weather almost constantly changing with clouds forming in the valleys before they lifted as I reached the top of Fairfield. The descent of Hart Crag and Dove Crag was done in very wintry mist with a covering of snow on these higher fells. By the time we got through that, the high cloud had come in to dull conditions somewhat and make it feel even cooler out of the sunshine.

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