Dove Crag

Height: 792 metres / 2598 feet Grid reference: NY 37454 10437 Category: The Eastern Fells

Looking back to Dove Crag from High Pike

Looking back to Dove Crag from High Pike

Fairfield Horseshoe

Start Point: Rydal (NY 365 062)

Rydal – Nab ScarHeron PikeRydal FellGreat RiggFairfieldHart CragDove CragHigh Pike (Scandale)Low Pike – Low Sweden Bridge – Rydal Park – Rydal

Distance: 10 miles     Total Ascent: 1180 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours     Start Time: 07:35

Weather: Beautiful, warming up nicely to 17°C

The weather experts weren’t wrong today, it was an absolutely gorgeous morning for a walk around the Fairfield Horseshoe – one I haven’t done (unbelievably) since 2007. There wasn’t anyone around either until two thirds of the way when we met one or two people. I think this is the last day of the long hot summer as the weather is set to turn over the next few days…

Fairfield-Horseshoe

Scandale

Start point: Ambleside (NY 375 046)

Ambleside – High Sweden Bridge – Low Pike High Pike (Scandale) Dove Crag – High Bakestones – Scandale Tarn – Scandale – Ambleside

Distance: 9 miles     Total Ascent: 835 metres     Time Taken: 6 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 08:00

Weather: Sunny and warm (eventually). 19°C

There was a mixed bag of weather today – poor weather for the initial climb sandwiched by sunshine and blue skies. I was joined on this walk by Clive Hutchby, author of The Wainwright Companion – the book is due out later this year and the photos in it are by me. This walk mimics ‘Dove Crag 5’, the page that was the first one Wainwright drew for the Pictorial Guides on November 9th 1952.

Dovedale

Start point: Bottom of Kirkstone Pass (NY 402 113)

Kirkstone Pass – Hartsop Hall – Dovedale – Dove Crag – High Bakestones – Scandale Tarn – Little Hart Crag High Hartsop Dodd – Kirkstone Pass

Distance: 7.9 miles     Total Ascent: 915 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 15 minutes     Start Time: 09:30

Weather: Sunny. 17°C

Wow, what a day today – it seems summer has arrived and it  was the first time this year that my shorts had an airing. Fantastic views all around as well, you can’t beat it.

Dovedale

Start point: Bottom of Kirkstone Pass (NY 402 113)

Kirkstone Pass – Hartsop Hall – Dovedale – Dove Crag – Bakestones Moss – Little Hart Crag High Hartsop Dodd – Kirkstone Pass

Distance: 6.4 miles     Total Ascent: 730 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Strong wind, snow flurries. -2ºC.

It was really cold this morning again but the blue sky and crisp clearness of the weekend was gone to be replaced by strong winter weather. All was icy and frozen around Kirkstone Pass with heavy snow flurries at first. Once on the climb to Dovedale the wind really picked up and on the Dove Crag ridge it was severe and walking was difficult at times. When I got back to valley level I felt like I had taken a real pounding up there.

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.

Fairfield Horseshoe

Start point: Rydal (NY 365 062)

Rydal – Nab ScarHeron PikeRydal Fell Great RiggFairfield Hart Crag Dove Crag High Pike (Scandale)Low Pike – High Sweden Bridge – Ambleside – Rydal Park – Rydal

Distance: 12.9 miles     Total Ascent: 1281 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours

Weather: Sunny and warm. 27oC.

I knew it was going to be a warm one today – it was 23oC when I set off from Rydal this morning! It was hot and muggy with a welcome breeze on the higher parts, and very quiet up on the Fairfield Horseshoe. Angus and Casper kept themselves cool by wallowing in mud, glorious mud that baked on in the sun, and is proving impossible to get off.

Fairfield Horseshoe

Start point: Ambleside – Rydal Road Car Park (NY 376 046)

Ambleside – Rydal Park – Nab Scar (118) – Heron Pike (119) – Rydal Fell (120) – Stone Arthur (121) – Great Rigg (122) – FairfieldHart Crag (123) – Dove Crag (124) – High Pike (Scandale) (125) – Low Pike (126) – High Sweden Bridge – Ambleside

Weather: Very warm, mainly overcast.

After a short lay off, it was good to get back out on the fells today with a classic round – The Fairfield Horseshoe. The weather looked promising but the haze never lifted although it was lovely and warm

From the car park at Ambleside, I followed the A591 to the delightful Rydal Park and walked through here to Rydal Mount.