Walk Report: Fairfield from Patterdale

Date: 28th Feb 2009
Stats: 11.0 miles, 3000 feet
Weather: Cloudy, then rain, bitter wind on top and low cloud
Trig Points: N/A
Wainwrights: 3: Hartsop Above How, Hart Crag, Fairfield
Other Info: Free parking on the roadside in Patterdale, with toilets
Summary: Patterdale, Bridgend, Hartsop Above How, Hart Crag, Fairfield, Grisedale Tarn, Grisedale, Patterdale

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A fairly miserable day with no views on the tops and bitter cold and windy

Fairfield from Patterdale
Parking by the road, for those that arrive early enough

Fairfield from Patterdale
Still water in the village, no wind yet

Fairfield from Patterdale
A short road section for the walk-in, just to the Hartsop Above How ridge – seen ahead

Fairfield from Patterdale
Leaving the road and following the narrow path up Hartsop Above How

Fairfield from Patterdale
Looking back towards Patterdale

Fairfield from Patterdale
Rain starts to spit as we head up Hartsop Above How

Fairfield from Patterdale
Fairfield in cloud from the path up to Hartsop Above How

Fairfield from Patterdale
The path on Hartsop Above How

Fairfield from Patterdale
The first signs of snow

Fairfield from Patterdale
Looking down into Dovedale

Fairfield from Patterdale
Hartsop Above How and the path ahead in mist

Fairfield from Patterdale
Heading for Hart Crag

Fairfield from Patterdale
Summits in cloud

Fairfield from Patterdale
The path up Hart Crag – very steep in places

Fairfield from Patterdale
Misty summit of Hart Crag

Fairfield from Patterdale
Even more misty summit of Fairfield, with a howling wind and cold rain – lovely – we narrowly beat a party of five to the shelter 🙂

Fairfield from Patterdale
Fairfield summit cairn

Fairfield from Patterdale
Arriving at Grisedale seemed to take forever – I thought we’d missed it for a while, but then it loomed out of the mist

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