Date & Time: 28th June 2006. 6.55 pm start after our earlier walk.

Location of Start : Roadside behind the Swan Hotel, Grasmere, Uk. ( NY 341 084 )

Places visited : Stone Arthur, a direct ascent and back.

Walk details : 2 mls, 1,400 ft of ascent , 1 hrs 45 mins.

Walked with : Ann and the dogs.

Weather : Overcast, warm and humid.


Helm Crag as seen from the start of our walk.

A brief snack and we were off again on a second short walk in the Grasmere area - Stone Arthur from Grasmere village.

Walking up the road alongside Greenhead Gill.
Onto the open fell and into the bracken.

The path up follows the wall across the hillside.

A few weeks later and the bracken will be much more of a problem. Even now it is encroaching on the path.

The stream opposite flows down from Alcock Tarn on the fell side opposite.

Climbing up we leave the bracken and have more pleasant walking on the rough grass path.

Alcock Tarn can now be seen as we gain height.

Stone Arthur summit rock, but no cairn.
Two locals, Mum and offspring keeping a eye on us.

This summit is rather unusual in terms of the normal Lake District tops. From below, the rocks form a dramatic skyline but on arriving at the "top" you find it is no more than the end of a ridge which rises up eventually to Great Rigg on the Fairfield Round. It has no summit cairn but does have a rather good view of Grasmere on a nice day.

Grasmere and the distant hazy fells.

The pink evening sky (in the previous picture) was unable to penertrate over Dunmail Rise to brighten the scene in the valley below.

The map does show a Cairn but this appears to be a little further up the hillside from the summit,

but what was the purpose of this unusual stone construction ? ( It is no more than five feet square and two feet high by the way.)

Having reached the dizzy heights of this Wainwright Fell,

and after climbing the short extra distance to

the delightfully named Brackenwife Knotts,

we turned for home.


The route back down was the same as the one up (there was little choice).

The bracken formed a thick carpet over the lower hillside,

almost hiding the covered aqueduct below

which is presumably the Thirlmere

water supply

as it heads south to the Midlands conurbation.


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