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Legburthwaite, Fornside, Calfhow Pike, Great Dodd, Watson’s Dodd, Stybarrow Dodd, Sticks pass, Cumbria.
[11.1 km] Tue 04 Jan 2022

OS Grid ref: NY 31778 18954
Lat/Long: 54.561088, -03.055122

During my misty morning drive north on the M6 I could see a thin layer of snow on the fields over Shap. The temperature was just on zero. I reached the parking area at Legburthwaite near Thirlmere and had to re-thinks my planned route. My plan was to climb Fisher's Wife's Gill to try and find a safer way up than the last time. With snow & ice on the slopes it would have been too dangerous. I set off walking north along the road and decided to ascend the fell via the Fornside Farm route that I used a few weeks ago.

Treehouse above Fornside.

Climbing above Fornside.
I reached the farm access track and the fellside looked quite nice with a dusting of snow. The path up was a bit slippery in places but certainly not as bad as Fisher's Wife's Gill would have been. It was a steady climb up the well engineered path that seems to be mostly ignored by walkers. As the gradient eased I reached the old ruined sheepfold where I stopped to admire the view and eat my sandwiches.

 Skiddaw in the cold sunshine.

 Lunchstop by the old sheepfold.

The distant Skiddaw was in sunshine but I was still in the chilly shade. I walked up to Calfhow Pike where the temperature was -7degC. The continuing walk up to Great Doddle was rather a slog in the snow covered trail. There was a solo walker up ahead and part of the way I followed their tracks. Continuing to Watson's Dodd I took the lower trail that avoids the summit cairn.

Clough head from Calfhow Pike.

 Chilly Great Dodd at -7degC.

Stanah Gill.

Jet training above Thirlmere.

The other walker headed that way so got ahead over Stybarrow Dodd. It was now getting a bit hazy but the views were still good. Descending to Sticks Pass to start my descent back to Legburthwaitew but now had to be extremely careful on the descent due to snow & ice.

The route above Fornside.
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