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Grisedale Tarn, Fairfield and St Sunday Crag - October 8th  2008
Grisedale Tarn looking East with Dollwaggon Pike to the left and St Sunday Crag on the right
Why I love to Lake District. View to the west from Fairfield - simply stunning
MP on St Sunday Crag with High Street in the background
Route - Patterdale - Grisedale Valley - Grisedale Tarn - Fairfield - St Sunday Crag - Patterdale
Weather: Bright Sunshine with moderate to strong winds on top of Fairfield!
Stunning scenery on the way down St Sunday Crag - Ullswater, Glenridding and Place Fell  - beautiful!
Distance:  c.15.4 km (9.6 miles)
Highest Ascent:  873m
Time: c.5 Hours (thanks to the me being slow!)
Maps OS Landranger 90, OS Explorer OL5
View from Fairfield towards Windermere
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Grisedale Tarn - Photo (c) Rob Shephard View from Fairfield Summit - Photo (c) Rob Shephard Fairfield Summit - Photo (c) Rob Shephard St Sunday Crag Photo (c) Rob Shephard MP on St Sunday Crag Photo (c) Rob Shephard Ullswater and Place Fell - Photo (c) Rob Shephard
View towards St Sunday Crag from Fairfield - by now you’ve done all the hard work!

A great walk with some stunning views on a good day - and quieter than the usual throngs on Helvellyn. Set off from Patterdale up Grisedale Valley. Got to Grisedale Tarn in glorious sunshine. One of the most picturesque tarns in the Lakes. Set off up Fairfield for a steep but fairly short ascent. Views to the west and north make a good excuse to stop and catch your breath on the way up. Having got to the top of Fairfield you might as well do St Sunday Crag as well - and fairly steep descent down and then a fairly easy drag along the ridge to the top. Again stunning panoramic views all the way along the top of St Sunday crag, and as you descend back into the Grisedale Valley the views towards Ullswater and down onto Patterdale and Glenridding are simply superb. Anyway enough on the superlatives - go and enjoy it for yourself!

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