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Glenridding, Sticks Pass, White Stones, Glencoyne, Seldom Seen, Cumbria.
[12.9 km]  Thu 05 Sep 2019

 
Lat/Long: 54.557339, -02.948789
OS Grid ref: NY 38738 18425
I drove via the M6 and left at Junc 40, Penrith to drive south along Ullswater to leave my car at the entrance track to the wonderfully named cottages of Seldom Seen. The morning was fine with some sun coming through. I crossed the busy a road to head south along the footpath going through the trees and soon came to a crashed car which had been lying there for some time.

Car through the wall
It was marked with police tape and at the bottom of a bank after crashing through the wall. As I approached Glenridding I took a track heading along the base of Sheffield Pike. It is marked as private but is a public footpath. It joined Greenside Road, the main access route up Glenridding Beck and followed the road past the cottages and the youth hostel and cottages.
View from Greenside Road
I then headed steeply up towards the Sticks Pass path by following the old miners track that zigzags up the mountainside to the river and waterfalls. There are many old mine workings and extensive spoil heaps across the high valley bottom. I joined the main path which heads west up Sticks Gill towards Sticks Pass summit. The earlier sun have gone and it was now overcast and felt quite cold in the westerly wind. However I did have views good views as the cloud level was fairly high.
Looking back down Sticks Pass
Below the past summit I found some shelter and stopped to have my sandwiches. At the past summit I saw the first people of the day but they were heading a different way so didn't get chance to talk. I took a minor path to the northeast along the side of Stybarrow Dodd and continued towards White Stones. The path was mostly very wet with standing water along some lengths. At the White Stones summit area it is flat with food ground conditions. There were a few cairns around and the actual summit is not obvious.
One of the White Stones summits

Looking down Glencoyne with Ullswater in the distance.
Sheffield Pike is on the right
I reached Glencoyne Head and started my steep descent down to Nick Head. It is a very impressive viewpoint with a good views of Glencoyne below. In the distance are Seldom Seen Cottages and Ullswater beyond. To the right is Sheffield Pike.
View from Nick Head

Seldom Seen Cottages
On my way down I met a few people coming up and when I reached Nick Head took a sharp left turn to follow a rough path down Bleabank Side. This path continued down until it reached the woodlands area. Near to Seldom Seen Cottages the path becomes a surface track and an easy walk back to my car
18 VR 97

Seat below Seldom Seen.
(VR) Victoria Regina 1897 - diamond jubilee (60 years) of Queen Victoria
 
 
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