Ullscarf - Lake District Walk

Monday 3rd December 2007

As we set off today the weather looked to be improving and despite the cold wind we had high hopes for some good views. As we reached the top of Blea Tarn Fell the sleet and hailstorms started to sweep in making the walk from Standing Crag to Ullscarf a head down and try to avoid the hail hitting you in the face type of experience. It was an effort to stand still at the summit of Ullscarf and so cold that we didn't stop for food and ended up eating our 'lunch' in the car after the walk.

Start: Dobgill car park (NY 3160 1401)

Route: Dobgill car park - Brown Rigg (223) - Blea Tarn Fell (224) - Standing Crag (225) - Ullscarf (226) - Wythburn Fell (227) - Harrop Tarn - Dobgill car park

Distance: 6.5 miles     Ascent: 645 metres      Time Taken: 5 hours 40 mins

Terrain: Generally pathless moor land that was boggy in places.

Weather: Cold with rain, sleet and hailstorms.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>



Thirlmere as we head up towards Brown Rigg.

Birk Crag & Steel Fell

As we continue to climb Birk Crag and Stell Fell come into view.

Dollywagon Pike

With the steepest section of the climb over we take a breather and admire the views. Here looking across Thirlmere to Dollywagon Pike.

Brown Rigg

Brown Riggs' summit is marked by this distinctive balancing stone.

High Tove

Looking across to High Tove from Brown Riggs' summit.


Blencathra's summit remains in cloud.


Helvellyn's summit is clear, for now.

Blea Tarn Fell

Blea Tarn Fell our next summit which isn't named on the OS map.

Blea Tarn Fell's summit

Looking back to Blea Tarn Fell's summit after the first rain shower had passed over us.

Coldbarrow Fell

Standing Crag and Coldbarrow Fell from Blea Tarn Fell. We had planned on including the two summits on Coldbarrow Fell in today's walk but by the time we reached Standing Crag the weather had changed for the worse and we were walking in cloud.

Standing Crag

Standing Crag.

Standing Crag's summit

Standing Crag's summit.


A very brief break in the rain gave us this view of Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite. A few minutes later we were being pelted with hailstones.

Ullscarf's summit

Ullscarf's summit, no views and it was an effort to keep the camera still.

Helm Crag

Out of the clouds and Helm Crag, Loughrigg Fell and Windermere come into view.

Wythburn Fell's summit

Heading towards Wythburn Fell's summit, again un-named on the OS map.

Blea Tarn Fell

Looking towards Blea Tarn Fell.

Harrop Tarn

Reflections in Harrop Tarn.


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