A photograph of Place Fell from the Glenamara Park path.
My walking partner knew the area but had never himself been on the Fairfield section of the Helvelyn range so I decided to show him all the fell tops en route to Fairfield these being Arnison Crag, Birks, St. Sunday Crag and onto Fairfield for a bait stop. We followed the wall to the left of Glenamara Park, which is a leg stretcher, though Arnison is a summit of only 433m and you start from 149m.
This is the view we got looking back to Ullswater from the wall skirting Glenamara Park. Great Mell is in the distance.
Still, the quick ascent clears the cobwebs out for the morning walk ahead. It is a relatively simple walk toward Birks, though again this steepens prior to the summit of 622m. There were a few stops along the way as the low morning sun was playing magic on the clouds over Hartsop and it's Dodd. I could not resist the play of the rays beaming onto the morning mist in the valley.
In a very short space of time we were treated to two quiet separate displays of nature on Hartsop Dodd, with the light then the loss of it, on Hartsop above How. These are two quiet separate views though spectacular in their own right.
I have to say here that I am a point & shoot man myself & don't hang around too long for 'The Shot'. There were many other photographs taken but now it's time to crack on for St. Sunday, though I did see my route off the fells and at this point I had finalised my walking plan, to head for Priests Hole after Fairfield and come off Hartsop above How. We began our climb up St. Sunday and as we all know on such a climb you're just looking at the track in front of you, the real view is going on behind. No matter how often you turn round the view changes.
Here the higher sun, more ascent and a slanting move deeper along the path, gives a different image to the Ullswater valley. We walk into nature to live, to enhance our lives and although I want the strenuous exercise that a fast walk gives it is not at the expense of appreciating what is around you. Walkers who don't know the area should move through 360 degrees and in their minds eye work out the different groups and/or individual fells. There is a great deal of confidence to be found in that ability. I had once met a man on the Helvelyn range who pointed at Skiddaw and called it Scafell Pike, even though he knew he was looking north. He was well through the list of Wainwrights yet couldn't distinguish in his minds eye, what should be north of Helvelyn.
We continued up the steep section of St. Sunday but prior to the summit decided to arc round to Gavel Pike for the view into Deepdale, before heading to the summit of St. Sunday which stands at 841m. This seems a relatively safe fell and in general these broad ridges are safe as there is usually the one path, though on it's faces are a number of gulleys and scrambles, Pinnacle Ridge perhaps being the biggest draw for those more adventurous. There was an avalanche on this about three years ago where two men suffered serious injury ascending by this route. We continued on for the small hump that is Cofa Pike before the final ascent of Fairfield.