Fairfield via Stone Arthur and Great Rigg
12 October 2007
With an uncertain weather forecast, I was uncertain what to do. There were hints
that the cloud would lift and break into the afternoon, and even that the higher
summits would be above the cloud. I decided to do another walk from Grasmere and
hope for the best.
Driving along the Red Bank road to Grasmere village, a look across Grasmere lake
to the clouds on the ridge walk for today.
Safely across the A591, a look towards Stone Arthur, lost in the clouds.
Small cascades of Greenhead Gill
Climbing the slopes of Stone Arthur, a look back into the valley before we
disappear into the cloud
To show we've been, the summit of Great Rigg...
As we descend from Grisedale Hause to Hause Moss, the cloud starts to lift, and
doubts creep in about whether we began the walk too early in the day.
Looking back to Grisedale Hause and the side of Fairfield from Hause Moss
Peering over the edge of the hanging valley of Hause Moss into the valley of
But as George crosses Tongue Gill, the cloud rolls back in again
The impressive waterfall as Tongue Gill leaps off Hause Moss, disappearing into
Much of this path has been "improved". But it has been improved very badly, at
least as far as descent is concerned, since the stones are almost all parallel
with the slope of the fell, which makes them very dangerous in descent,
particularly when damp (which they often are in the Lake District). As a result,
on much of the route, parallel paths continue in use, and huge effort spent in
creating these paths as erosion control measures is partly wasted.
The chances of authorised boating are presumably pretty slim.
Looking back at the final crossing of Tongue Gill
We make our final descent into the River Rothay valley after a walk which was
enjoyable - but it would be rather better without fog.
Total distance 12.04km and 832 metres of ascent in 5 hours 9 minutes.