The Dunnerdale Fells

Start Point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Great Stickle (OF) – Tarn Hill (OF) – Stickle Pike (OF) – Kiln Bank Cross

Start Time: 09:50

Partly Cloudy                 

Temperature     11 ℃ 
Feels like        11 ℃
Wind Speed       11.7 mi/h
Wind Direction   WSW
Humidity          83%

It was sunny at home this morning but further inland over the Lakeland fells there was lots of low lying cloud. The only place with any light it seemed was the south-western corner and even that was looking a bit hit and miss. It is always an enjoyable and relatively easy round at Dunnerdale. The clouds were scooting through all the time and it was pretty breezy up on the tops. At least it was a chance for Dougal to get out again!

Stickle Pike

Start Point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike – Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 30 minutes     Start Time: 08:30

Weather: Colder than of late with a stiff breeze, 2°C

Having to work throughout Christmas and being on call has some advantages I guess – there was no partying or drinking for me on New Year’s Eve which meant it was no problem getting up early to catch the first light of 2016 (before I went to work again!). Although not a spectacular sunrise by any stretch of the imagination it was nice to be the first one up there in 2016 and it was certainly a lot colder than it has been recently – almost like winter it was! Happy New Year to all, here’s to a great fell walking 2016…

Stickle Pike

Start Point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike – Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 30 minutes     Start Time: 09:10

Weather: Breezy, 10°C

The weather was really closed in and downright miserable this morning – we went to Stickle Pike with not too much hope of a dry walk but miraculously I reckon we got this done in the only dry half hour of the day. Always a nice jaunt up there though whatever the weather.

Stickle Pike

Start Point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) – Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 40 minutes     Start Time: 15:00

This morning was really poor, the weather was quite damp and dreary but later on the clouds cleared and there was just enough time for a sprint up to Stickle Pike for a glorious sunset.

Stickle Pike

Height: 375 metres / 1230 feet Grid reference: SD 21202 92796 Category: The Outlying Fells

Stickle Pike, the perfect mountain shape

Stickle Pike, the perfect mountain shape

A clear view to Harter Fell with the Scafell range, Esk Pike and Bow Fell beyond from the summit

A clear view to Harter Fell with the Scafell range, Esk Pike and Bow Fell beyond from the summit

Stickle Tarn

Stickle Tarn

Dunnderdale Fells

Start Point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Great Stickle (OF) – Tarn Hill (OF) – Stickle Pike (OF) – Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 2.5 miles     Total Ascent: 235 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes     Start Time: 16:00

Weather: Bright and breezy, 17°C

It was another lovely afternoon and I took the chance of a late walk to get up amongst the Dunnerdale Fells. This area is always beautiful, reasonably quiet and easy for me to get to for a shorter walk. This route will appear in Trail magazine later this year.

Dunnerdale Fells Map

Stickle Pike

Start Point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike – Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 30 minutes     Start Time: 14:15

Weather: Breezy with showers, 8°C

Today me and Dougal had a quick sprint up to Stickle Pike and we made the best of a bad job regarding the weather, it certainly put a bit of colour in our cheeks.

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 30 minutes     Start Time: 14:15

Weather: Breezy with fleeting sunny spells. 14°C

I took the opportunity for a quick walk up to Stickle Pike this afternoon, the higher fells were covered in cloud and this particular fell seemed to stand out from the rest by being in sunshine. It’s a great walk here, there is always something different to explore and the dogs are glad of a place to swim.

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 miles     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 25 minutes     Start Time: 12:20

Weather: Grey with a strong wind and showers. 12C

The weather this morning was less than fabulous with strong winds and showers. Even at lunchtime when I went for a walk up to Stickle Pike it was almost dark and the wind up on the top was pretty strong as expected and the rain came down in a big way just as I made it back down to the car.

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 20 minutes     Start Time: 11:40

Weather: Rain. 18ºC

The summer holidays are over and Casper and Dougal have been on their enforced hols too but now it will be back to business as usual for getting out on the fells a bit more regularly. The weather wasn’t the best today for our walk up to Stickle Pike but we were all glad to be up on the fells again and breath in the glorious fresh air.

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 miles     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 45 minutes     Start Time: 13:35

Weather: Cool and clear. 1°C

It was another beautiful day today and there was time for a short walk up to old favourite Stickle Pike. The views were once again glorious from up there with a haze layer lying over the Duddon Estuary to the south. Although the temperature was low it was really quite warm in the sunshine, especially when climbing the steep south face of the fell.

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 miles     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 20 minutes     Start Time: 09:45

Weather: Drizzle. 18C

Everywhere appeared to be shrouded in mist and the drizzle was constant this morning when we had a quick sprint up to Stickle Pike. There were no views to speak of today apart from Dougal and Casper and needless to say it was quiet up there too.

 

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 45 minutes     Start Time: 09:40

Weather: Ever brightening with a cold wind, 5C

It looked decidedly wintry as we reached the foot of Stickle Pike today, the showers were of snow and hail and the clouds over the high fells looked to be snow too. Amazingly it started to brighten up almost as soon as we set off with the sunshine lighting up the fells by the time we got to the top. Always a favourite with Connie this one but it was very cold today.

 

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour

Weather: Cold and clear. 2°C

We had a short walk today up to Stickle Pike to help blow away some of the Christmas cobwebs. It was a lovely morning, very still with no one around and we had great fun walking in the crisp snow and ‘daring’ to walk across the frozen Stickle Tarn.

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour

Weather: Sunny spells. 18C.

It was Connie’s choice for a walk this morning and Stickle Pike was the chosen one. Eager Dougal was keen to get out again, he shows boundless energy but we have to keep it in check for now. We seemed to find the best of the weather too as it turned overcast not long afetr we left. As ever the views from this diminutive fell are simply stunning.

 

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 40 minutes

Weather: Sunny spell, breezy on top. 20C.

The schools have now finished and Connie only has eight weeks left to occupy herself! We decided to walk up Stickle Pike on this first day of the holidays and it was really sunny and warm when we set off in the car. All that had changed though by the time we made it to Kiln Bank Cross and all thoughts of a swim or a paddle went out of the window with the strong breeze that was blowing across the fells. It’s always a good one, though, is Stickle Pike with fab views all around.

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile     Total Ascent: 105 metres     Time Taken: 30 minutes

Weather: Cold wind, snow. 4°C

The rain was heavy throughout last night which of course fell as snow above 300m. I walked Stickle Pike but the view to the high fells was mostly obliterated by the angry looking snow clouds today. Just because Stickle Pike is small in stature, it doesn’t make the climb or descent any easier when there is wet, slippery snow around – as I found out to my cost!

Winter Walk

Red Tarn from Three Shire Stone then Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Weather: Sunny above the cloud, cold with snow. 0C.

We were under cloud at home this morning but I knew those conditions were likely to lead to clear skies once above it and we had some great views today with blue skies and snow and a big temperature inversion over the South Lakes.

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn Tarn Hill (OF)  Stickle Pike (OF) – Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 2 miles     Total Ascent: 195 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour

Weather: Sunny with a cold wind. 9ºC.

It was lovely and sunny this afternoon, a real tonic after the rain of this week. I had a quick jaunt up to perennial favourite Stickle Pike; it is always a joy to walk around here and the beauty of it is you can make the walk as long (or as short) as you like, so I usually end up just making it up as I go along.

Dunnerdale Fells

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Great Stickle (OF) Tarn Hill (OF)  Stickle Pike (OF) – Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 2.5 miles     Total Ascent: 235 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour

Weather: Sunny and warm. 20ºC.

It was a superb sunny morning this morning for our walk around the Dunnerdale Fells. It was one of those days when it is truly a joy to be out – the sun was shining, the birds were singing and there wasn’t a soul about. Casper and Angus certainly enjoyed the run out, as did I!

The Dunnerdale Fells

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn  Tarn Hill (OF Stickle Pike (OF) – Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 2 miles     Total Ascent: 195 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour

Weather: Sunny and hazy. 4°C.

There was further sunshine and haze today. We had a short walk around a couple of old favourites up above Broughton Mills – Stickle Pike and Tarn Hill. It felt really warm in the sunshine today, in fact I was in shirt sleeves which I guess is unusual for February – not that I am complaining!

 

Stickle Pike

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile    Total Ascent: 225 metres     Time Taken: 30 minutes

Weather: Wind and hail. 6oC.

It has put a lot of rain and hail down through the night and this morning, so today’s walk was a bit of a ‘smash and grab’ opportunity between heavy hail showers and strong winds, mainly to give Angus and Casper a bit of fresh air and exercise. We almost made it unscathed but got caught in a heavy hailstorm towards the end which left us sodden.

Dunnerdale Fells

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Great Stickle (OF) Tarn Hill (OF)  Stickle Pike (OF) – Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 2.5 miles     Total Ascent: 235 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour

Weather: Overcast and windy. 18oC.

I had a shorter walk today in poorer conditions than yesterday up to the Dunnerdale Fells. Angus (the old trooper) was out as well, loving every minute of it of course! It seems like a while since I’ve been up here, certainly before the summer, yet it looks quite wintry already…

Stickle Pike

 Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 1 mile    Total Ascent: 225 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour.

Weather: Wet and gloomy. 8°C.

It is the school half-term this week so Connie and I took the dogs up to Stickle Pike, a walk we have often done of course, and one we decided to continue with despite the poor weather around here today. If you are unfamiliar with Stickle Pike, it is a great little fell with a wonderful view (on a clear day!) and a tarn nestling below the summit. Today, however, we could see nothing…

 

Caw

Start point: Seathwaite, Dunnerdale (SD 228 960)

Seathwaite – Park Head Road – Stickle Tarn – Stickle Pike (OF) Caw (OF) Pikes (OF) Green Pikes (OF) –  Seathwaite

Distance: 7 miles     Total Ascent: 700 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours

Weather: Cool and clear. 4°C

Today I met up with Roger and Ann Hiley and their two dogs for a walk to Stickle Pike and Caw from Seathwaite in the Duddon Valley. The weather was almost unbelievably different to the wet and windy weather we have experienced over the last week or so as it was cool and clear. The views were superb from everywhere today; if only it would stay like this for a while!