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2005 03 24 - Birks, St Sunday Crag and Gavel Pike with Paul W.

We parked in a very muddy car park belonging to the Patterdale Hotel and set off along the path through Glenamara Park. The slightly grey day had become warm and occasionally sunny by the time we started to climb towards Thornow End. We eventually left the main path in search of Birks' summit which was easily achieved before heading on and up to the top of St Sunday Crag. Sadly, the summit was cold and windy with high, dark clouds casting shadows over most of the distant views. We moved on quickly to Gavel Pike and stopped for lunch in the shelter of some rocks. The sun came out again and stayed with us more or less all the way down. An excellent walk  on a fine day was rounded off with a welcome pint and a warm fire at the Kirkstone Pass Inn.

 

Ullswater from the steep initial climb towards Birks

 

Sheffield Pike in shadow

 

Helvellyn and Catstycam

 

St Sunday Crag from Birks

 

Looking back to Birks from the path up St Sunday Crag

 

Dove Crag, Hart Crag and Fairfield

 

St.Sunday Crag's summit

 

Nethermost Pike

 

Helvellyn

 

Gavel Pike

 

Birks in sunlight with Place Fell behind

 

Gavel Pike summit

 

Place Fell

 

Ullswater in the late afternoon sun as we return

 

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