Stone Arthur

Height: 500 metres / 1640 feet Grid reference: NY 34752 09233 Category: The Eastern Fells

High Raise and Helm Crag across the Vale of Grasmere, from Stone Arthur

High Raise and Helm Crag across the Vale of Grasmere, from Stone Arthur

Stone Arthur

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

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.

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: 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.


Ambleside – Nab Scar (39) – Heron Pike (40) – Stone Arthur (41) – Great Rigg (42) – Fairfield (43) – St Sunday Crag (44) – Birks (45) – Patterdale – Kirkstone Pass – Ambleside