Raise - Lake District Walk

Wednesday 29th March 2006

The rain finally stopped today so we made the most of the clear skies and headed up high onto the Helvellyn Massif and the Dodds. It was the first time I had been anywhere near Helvellyn since breaking my leg 4 years earlier when descending from the summit and at first my legs felt like jelly and I wasn't sure I really wanted to carry on. Once we cleared the early stretch of path and started up the slopes of Brown Crag all bad memories were forgotten as the views opened up around us. It was one of those days that more than makes up for the previous two days of rain, my only regret was that I can't (yet) name all of the summits that I could see from the tops.

Start: Kings Head Inn (NY 3337 1707)

Route: Kings Head Inn - Brown Crag (75) - White Side (76) - Raise (77) - Sticks Pass - Stybarrow Dodd (78) - Watson's Dodd (79) - Stybarrow Dodd - Sticks Pass - Kings Head Inn

Distance: 8.5 miles     Ascent: 971 metres      Time Taken: 7 hrs

Weather: Blue sky with some high clouds.

Pub Visited: Kirkstile Inn (Loweswater)    Ale Drunk: Loweswater Brewery, Grasmoor Dark Ale

Route Map >>


Great How & Raven Crag

Raven Crag and Great How from the footpath to Brown Crag.

High Rigg

High Rigg (centre) with St John's in the Vale to its right and Skiddaw behind.


Blencathra and St John's in the Vale from the ascent to Brown Crag.

Bassenthwaite & Skiddaw

As we climb higher Bassenthwaite Lake appears behind Skiddaw.

High Rigg & Skiddaw

Looking across High Rigg to Skiddaw.

Brown Crag summit

The summit of Brown Crag.

Raise & White Side

From Brown Crag the first stage of the climb to White Side's summit is visible with the summit of Raise to the left.

From White Side

The view across Thirlmere from White Side.

From White Side

Looking south west from White Side

Lower Man on Helvellyn

Lower Man on Helvellyn from White Side.


From White Side, Helvellyn with Swirral Edge (centre) and Striding Edge visible in the background.


Helvellyn up close.

Catstye Cam

Catstye Cam from White Side.

White Side

White Side summit from Raise.

The Dodds

The Dodds, with Sticks Pass below and Blencathra behind, from Raise.


Ullswater came into view as we started to descend from Raise.


Raise summit from the ascent to Stybarrow Dodd.

Stybarrow Dodd summit

Stybarrow Dodd's summit.

From Stybarrow Dodd

The view across Ullswater from Stybarrow Dodd summit.


Skiddaw from the summit of Watson's Dodd.


Blencathra from the summit of Watson's Dodd.

Great Dodd

Great Dodd from the summit of Watson's Dodd.

Stybarrow Dodd

Looking back to Stybarrow Dodd with Raise, White Side and Helvellyn visible from Watson's Dodd.

Sty Beck Fall

Sty Beck Fall a welcome sight as we reach the bottom of Sticks Pass.


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