Title: Stone Arthur, Great Rigg and Fairfield from Grasmere
Meeting Point: Grasmere Village Green in centre of village
Start Time: 09:45
Finish Time: 15:00 – 15:30 approx
Ascent: 2800 ft
Miles: 8 and half
Parking/Transport: Public parking available for free on A591 layby north of village centre, or pay and display in centre of village. The 555 bus service from Kendal arrives in Grasmere at 09:45, so will wait for anyone who wishes to use it.
A lofty outing over the eastern fells in the southern part of the Lake District to kickstart 2019! We start by climbing the steep ridgeline over Stone Arthur – no more than a rocky knoll on the flank of Great Rigg, and eventually rise to Great Rigg summit. Bearing north we traverse the ridge to Fairfield following part of the Fairfield Horseshoe. Hopefully we will have excellent extensive views… From the summit we descend steeply to Grisedale Tarn and then traverse the path alongside Tongue Gill, which leads back to the A591. We then follow the road for a mile back to the starting point.
Grading: Moderate – Strenuous. Moderate in terms of technical ability, but strenuous in terms of length and continuous steep climbing. Bear in mind a walk of this nature is a very different proposition in winter due to potential wintry conditions and lower shorter light levels (see health and safety information below)
Terrain: Grassy and gravel paths throughout. In places intermittent, and stony. Underfoot paths may be icy, or very wet and slippy.
Health and Safety: ESSENTIAL INFORMATION PLEASE READ AND TAKE INTO ACCOUNT
Equipment: Please bring adequate winter walking gear, boots and waterproof/windproof jacket are a must. Gloves, hats and warm clothes also essential along with hot drink and sufficient food supplies. Waterproof trousers and gaiters may be handy – especially if forecast wet or snow/ice underfoot. Conditions on Fairfield can be arctic in January with significant windchill, consequently, spikes can be useful if ground is frozen, indeed invest in them if you can as it makes winter walking much safer. Walking poles are also handy in winter conditions. A headtorch is also necessary should light levels fall on the descent – we are in the depths of winter.
Weather and potential alternatives: The walk leader has the right to cancel the walk should the forecast be poor, i.e. heavy incessant rain, snow, gale force winds. The top of Fairfield can be very confusing in mist and fog, being featureless and particular care will be necessary if such conditions exist – the group must stay together! If conditions are particularly poor visibility wise, an alternative will be to head south from Great Rigg and onto Heron Pike, descending down to Grasmere via Alcock Tarn – the walk leader will assess conditions on reaching Great Rigg before making the decision whether to take the alternative. The leader will keep a close eye on the weather forecast and conditions in the days ahead. It is quite likely we will only attempt Fairfield if the weather is kind and conditions underfoot are not too hazardous.
Please contact Damian on 07796 654031 if wish to attend before 6pm on Saturday 5 January. Please make contact beforehand as it is important the leader knows who to expect, and do let the leader know if you have to cancel in good time.