17th January 2009



Wainwright Guidebook

The Eastern Fells



Ascent: 2, 863 Feet - 873 Metres
Wainwrights: 3  Stone Arthur - Great Rigg - Fairfield
Weather: Overcast Dry ,Windy On Tops
Parking: Lay- By Just Outside Grasmere On The A591
Area: Eastern
Walking With: Stephen Harrison
Ordnance Survey: OL7 /OL5(1:25)
Time Taken:  
Route: Grasmere - Michael's Nook - Greenhead Gill - Stone Arthur - Great Rigg - Fairfield - Great Rigg - Fairfield - Stone Arthur - Greenhead Gill - Michael's Nook - Grasmere

Map and Photo Gallery


Starting the steep climb on Stone Arthur.
We managed to get a good parking spot on the A5091 An empty lay-by would you believe it! So it was just a case of finding the path through the cottages and up the steep tarmac road that runs along Greenhead Gill


Alcock Tarn

Stone Arthur.

And stone Arthur summit comes in to view ,It was a case of diverting slightly as we got a little further nearer to  the summit, The path here was turning in to a stream in sections.

Central fells from Stone Arthur.
A view of the Central fells going left to right Easdale Tarn, Helm Crag with Grasmere Common and Steel Fell to the right and far left is Harrison Stickle

Heading up towards Great Rigg from Stone Arthur.

Looking back.

Burst of light.
over Windermere with Rydal Fell to the right Sunburst over Rydal Beck with Windermere in the distance.

Fairfield from Great Rigg.

Windermere from Great Rigg.

Not far from Fairfield now.
Just a case of following these Cairns to Fairfield Summit and the wind had really picked here

St Sunday Crag from the Summit of Fairfield

Ste getting to grips with the biting wind at the summit Cairn

Phew that wind was really biting so much so we only made time for a hot drink and maybe eat the sandwiches little lower down.
Heading back.


Descending Stone Arthur.
Still quite away to go as yet the A591 is in view but still looks miles away , Time for a quick pint at the Travellers Rest me thinks to celebrate another job well done and one more  Wainwright collected.


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