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Red Screes - Hard Tarn and the Dodd's 9th&10th May 2010

Route.  Day 1 - Ambleside - Snarker Pike - Red Screes - Scandale Tarn - High Bakestones - Dove Crag - Hart Crag - Fairfield - Grisedale - Hard Tarn. Day 2 Hard Tarn - Nethermost Pike - Helvellyn - Whiteside - Raise - Stybarrow Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Great Dodd - Calfhow Pike - Wanthwaite - Dale End.

I have always wanted to camp at Hard Tarn, so I made a route that would get me there in the evening. I again caught the train to Windermere and the jumped on the bus to Ambleside.

The Wansfell ridge from the start of the climb from the Kirkstone Rd.

Windermere comes in to view over Ambleside.

The Coniston Fells.

Progress was slow up the ridge as I kept stopping to admire the view. This is Bowfell and the Langdales over Rydal Water.

A bit more of Windermere from higher up.

On Red Screes now looking to the coast with a slice of Coniston Water on the right.

Zooming in on Scafell Pike.

Looking over Middle Dodd to Brothers Water and Place Fell.

Scandale Tarn

Windermere from the impressive cairn on High Bakestones.

St.Sunday Crag from Fairfield.

Grisedale Tarn from Cofa Pike. 

Dollywagon and Nethermost Pikes with Helvellyn behind.

After dropping down to Ruthwaite Lodge I set of up the fell to the hard to find Hard Tarn.

Nearly there now. I was heading for the bowl in the middle of the picture that looks like it should hold a tarn, but when I reached it I found just a boggy little shelf. Hard Tarn is on another little shelf just to the right and slightly above.

Hard Tarn at last. 

St.Sunday Crag later on in the evening.

High Crag reflected in the wonderfully clear water. I settled down to a still night and was woken at around 6am by gentle rainfall on the tent so I snuggled down for a hour or so and when I finally had a look outside I got a bit of a shock.

Its the 10th of May not the 10th of January! It was a pity the views had gone but I like walking in the snow so I packed up and set of up the steep East ridge of Nethermost Pike.

Looking down the ridge into Nethermost Cove.

And looking up the steep climb.

Red Tarn through the mist.

Something you don't see very often. A deserted (apart from me) Helvellyn shelter.

Striding Edge. Every time I put my camera away the sky would clear so I raced to take a picture and the mist would come blowing back in

Catstycam and a glimpse of Ullswater.

Skiddaw Dodd with the coastal plain and Scotland behind.

The snow only seemed local to the central fells as the higher Skiddaw had only a dusting.

Although the North Pennines seem well covered.

Skiddaw and Blencathra seen over the Dodds.

Great How with Thirlmere behind from Calfhow Pike. From Calfhow Pike I had intended to descend by way of Fisher's Wife's Rake but I was not paying enough attention to the map and walked past the top of it so I came down on the pleasant path that contours round the fell an brings you out at Hilltop quarries above Wanthwaite from where I walked to the A591 and caught the bus back to the railway station.

Snapped whilst waiting for the bus