Birks, St Sunday Crag, Fairfield, Hart Crag and Gill Crag.

The Walk

20/05/2015

5 Wainwrights completed - 42 in total
Birks - 622 metres
Gavel Pike - 784 metres (non Wainwright)
St. Sunday Crag - 841 metres
Cofa Pike - 823 metres (non Wainwright)
Fairfield - 873 metres
Hart Crag - 822 metres
Hartsop above How (Gill Crag) - 580 metres

I had been looking forward to this walk, a clear day was needed and luckily the high fell tops were visible from my B&B bedroom window. Fully stocked up with a huge breakfast I set off heading towards Patterdale, the route over Keldas would have taken me away from the roadside but I couldn't be bothered with going up a hill that I had visited many times before only to drop down, I might need the extra energy at the end of the day. Crossing the Grisedale Bridge I turned right and headed up the lane into beautiful Grisedale, I never get bored of this valley it's a great walk up to the tarn and back even without visiting any fell tops.
Turning left off the lane it was time to negotiate Thornhow End and Black Crag on my way to Birks summit the first Wainwright of the day. This was 500mts of steep uphill but it would break the back of the walk. Next up would be Gavel Pike which is not a Wainwright but a must visit at 784mts with outstanding views from it's airy promontory overlooking the secluded and infrequently visited Deepdale. The summit of St Sunday Crag was it felt like a mere stroll from Gavel Pike after all the earlier uphill, this fell is the large whale back visible for the entire length of Grisedale. Onwards and downwards before the most enjoyable part of the walk a bit of scrambling up Cofa Pike, what a great place with wonderful views to Grisedale Tarn. The highest point of the walk was now in reach, a short climb from Cofa Pike brought me to the huge flat summit area of Fairfield, trying to work out the true summit cairn proved difficult so a visit was made to all the cairns before a photo decision was made. I could see why this fell top would be unsafe if the cloud descends, with paths off in all directions and huge drops beckoning, this is the reason I carry maps and compass.
The walk over to Hart Crag was absolutely delightful, so airy, with views for miles, the Coniston Fells standing out looking mean and moody.
All downhill now and steeply to start with towards Hartsop above How (Gill Grag) this time with views into Dovedale and over towards the High Street fells. It was a long walk back to Glenridding via Bridgend,Crookabeck, Rooking and the obligatory pitstop at Side Farm.
Another fantastic tiring day on the fells.

Looking towards Grisedale Tarn.
Looking towards Grisedale Tarn.