Friday, May 30, 2014

Red Screes et al from Brothers Water

Date : 30th May 2014
Wainwrights : High Hartsop Dodd, Little Hart Crag, Red Screes, Middle Dodd
Route : From Brothers Water anticlockwise horseshoe route 
Distance : 5.6 miles (9 km)
Height Gained : 2766 feet (843 meters)
Social Hiking Map : click here

The route : anticlockwise from the road

 This was a route chosen to tidy up some of the few remaining eastern fells for me. If I was climbing Red Screes alone it would be via the longer but less steep route from Ambleside. The addition of High Hartsop Dodd, Little Hart Crag & Middle Dodd somewhat forced the issue regarding route selection to the much steeper ascent from the Brothers Water side.

A video of the summit views above - or click this link

The view from the road : High Hartsop Dodd (right) and Middle Dodd (left)

High Hartsop Dodd from the east

High Hartsop Dodd from the north

Looking over Brothers Water towards Angletarn Pikes

A steep ascent & some spectators

Views over Kirkstone Pass to Stony Cove Pike

Views back over Brothers Water

High Hartsop Dodd summit

 It was with some not inconsiderable uphill effort that the summit of High Hartsop Dodd was gained. Thankfully the onwards route was much easier up until the final push to Red Screes summit.  

High Hartsop Dodd summit looking onwards to Little Hart Crag

Red Screes over the Scandale Pass from Little Hart Crag

Looking back to Little Hart Crag from the Scandale Pass

 Red Screes summit is a large and fairly flat grassy plateau adorned with a sturdy trig point, a large wind shelter and small but lovely tarn. There are superb views in all directions including Great Gable and the Scafells along to the whole Coniston range. Eastwards are views from Yoke all the way along to Place Fell with the High Street range in view further back. It would be a great place to wild camp.

Red Screes Summit

Red Screes summit panorama east

Red Screes summit panorama west

Kirkstone Pass from Red Screes

The way back over Middle Dodd

Looking back to Red Screes from Middle Dodd summit

Middle Dodd summit

Brother Water from Middle Dodd

The onwards path

Looking back towards Middle Dodd

 This was nice little route. Short but steep and with fine views all along the way, especially from Red Screes which is great summit and one I will definitely be visiting again.

Wainwright count : 136/214

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