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Stone Arthur to Alcock Tarn

30th September 2018

Route. Grasmere - Brackenwife Knotts - Stone Arthur - Great Rigg - Fairfield - Heron Pike - Alcock Tarn - Grasmere ( about 8 miles 3000ft ascent )


A bit of a 'four seasons in one day' day today with sunshine, rain, cold wind, blue skies and grey skies..


Stone Arthur seen from the A591. Rather than use the route up the front we walked along the road to the Grisedale Tarn path and then struck off on a faint path over Brackenwife Knotts..


Looking up to Grisedale Hause from the start of the climb to Brackenwife Knotts.


Zooming in to the falls at the top of the pass.

Helm Crag and Gibson Knott across the valley.


Emily joined us today.


On to Stone Arthur and the view down to Grasmere.


Strong winds were making for changing skies and for a few minutes we had blue skies. It's cloudy and dark over the Coniston fells though.

Alcock Tarn across the valley and below Heron Pike, we have a few ups and downs to go before we get there.


Sunshine and shadow over Helm Crag and Easedale Tarn. Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and in the distance Scafell Pike are the hills in shadow.


Now the Coniston group are clear.

A couple of last weeks fells, Seat Sandal and Dollywagon Pike.  

The weather was closing in as we climbed over High Rigg and approached Fairfield. This is the view south to Windermere.

St.Sunday Crag just about visible from our vantage point huddled in the wind shelter on Fairfield.

Typically as soon as we leave the top the weather improves.

We shared our route with competitors in the Half X triathlon We cheered the runners on as they climbed from Ambleside up to Fairfield and back again.

The red flag is a marshalling station.

Frustratingly clear Fairfield.

A runner comes over Heron Pike.


Sunny again as we turn right and descend to Alcock Tarn.

Lovely Alcock Tarn

 Hungry duck came to see if we were sharing any food.

Stone Arthur and Great Rigg from the tarn.

On the descent to Grasmere and the weather is changing again. 

Stone Arthur from the path down..

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