Red Screes

Start point: Kirkstone Pass (NY 401 080)

Red Screes from Kirkstone Pass

Distance: 1.4 miles     Total Ascent: 330 metres     Time Taken: 35 minutes     Start Time: 10:50

Weather: Dull and cool, 14°C

Time for a quick walk this morning but the weather was not too kind…or too summery at all this morning!

 

Red Screes

Height: 776 metres / 2546 feet Grid reference: NY 39649 08767 Category: The Eastern Fells

The summit of Red Screes

The summit of Red Screes

The summit tarn

The summit tarn

Red Screes from the Kirkstone Pass road

Red Screes from the Kirkstone Pass road

Red Screes

Start Point: Kirkstone Pass (NY 401 080)

Red Screes via Kilnshaw Chimney from Kirkstone Pass

Distance: 1.3 miles     Total Ascent: 342 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 15 minutes     Start Time: 16:40

Weather: Sunny, 6°C

You have to seize the opportunity when you can…so I did. A bit of a lung buster, but could I make it to the top of Red Screes before sunset? Well, I gave it a go climbing via Kilnshaw Chimney which is just about the most direct route you can get to any summit. This will be a Trail route in the June edition of the magazine.

Note: Kilnshaw Chimney requires a couple of climbs so be aware plus it is usually running with water so expect to get wet and of course it is slippery. Don’t bother in winter unless you have all the necessary gear.

Red Screes

Red Screes via Kilnshaw Chimney

Start point: Kirkstone Pass (NY 401 080)

Kirkstone Pass – Kilnshaw Chimney – Red Screes – Smallthwaite Band – Middle Dodd – Kirkstone Pass

Distance: 2.4 miles     Total Ascent: 480 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes     Start Time: 11:10

Weather: Beautiful sunshine. 18°C

Out of the blue almost, a perfect summer day at last. I managed a relatively quick scramble up to Red Screes via Kilnshaw Chimney (note – it’s a scramble up that way, not a walk) and then headed out to Middle Dodd. It was a perfect day to be on the fells today, not too hot, not too cold but just right (a Goldilocks day?!).

Red Screes via Kilnshaw Chimney

Start point: Kirkstone Pass (NY 401 080)

Red Screes via Kilnshaw Chimney from Kirkstone Pass

Distance: 1.3 miles     Total Ascent: 342 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour     Start Time: 10:50

Weather: Warmer with sunny spells. 8°C

After a dull start the day seemed to brighten for a while and I had a climb to Red Screes using the direct route via Kilnshaw Chimney. This is a great way to ascend quickly but care must be taken in winter conditions – the chimney was full of ice and snow today. The exit from it is very near to the summit and if you like a scramble it is well worth a go.

Red Screes

Start point: Kirkstone Pass (NY 401 080)

Red Screes from Kirkstone Pass

Distance: 1.4 miles     Total Ascent: 330 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour

Weather: High cloud but clear, 0°C

Today was different from yesterday as there was no sunshine although it was trying to burn through the high cloud. It was cold up there with strong gusts of wind and the path was icily treacherous in places.

Red Screes

Start point: Kirkstone Pass (NY 401 080)

Red Screes from Kirkstone Pass

Distance: 1.4 miles     Total Ascent: 330 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour

Weather: Cold and overcast. 2ºC

The brighter weather seemed to be to the east today though I never managed to quite catch it. Down in Bowness it was lovely and sunny but on the higher ground it was a different story, all frozen and cold. I had a look at Kilnshaw Chimney but knew it would be too much for Dougal at the moment – we did manage to catch it a bit higher up and crossed over it. These ‘in between’ sort of conditions are quite treacherous with the bare rock being very slippery with lots of ice. On the way down someone gave me a five minute lecture about the dangers of fell walking in winter and how treacherous it was, so thanks for that – I must have looked like a newcomer to the fells!

Red Screes

Start point: Kirkstone Pass (NY 401 080)

Kirkstone Pass – Red Screes – Smallthwaite Band – Middle Dodd – Kirkstone Pass

Distance: 2.4 miles     Total Ascent: 480 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weather: Sunny spells, icy wind. 3ºC.

It is four years since I have been up Red Screes so I thought it was high time I paid a visit again, similarly with Middle Dodd. Of course, I should really have come here a week or two ago when I went to Hart Crag but the weather was ferocious and put me off that day. What a day today though, fantastic clarity and views.

Red Screes

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

Kirkstone Pass – Middle Dodd (237) – Smallthwaite Band – Red Screes (238) – Scandale Pass – Little Hart Crag (239)High Hartsop Dodd (240) – Kirkstone Pass

Weather: Dull, overcast – rain and strong wind on the tops.

Today’s walk is a steep ascent up to Middle Dodd and Red Screes from the bottom of Kirkstone Pass, across the Scandale Pass and a lovely ridge walk from Little Hart Crag to Hartsop Dodd, then a steep descent back to Kirkstone Pass. The weather wasn’t brilliant again today but the high winds meant that there was the odd clearing of the mist to give fleeting glimpses of a view.

Red Screes

Cow Bridge – Hartsop Dodd (33) – Caudale Moor (34) – Middle Dodd (35) – Red Screes (36) – Little Hart Crag (37) – High Hartsop Dodd (38) – Cow Bridge