Harrop Tarn, Ullscarf, Greenup Edge, Calf Crag & Steel Fell from Steel End
3D outline of route
I was the only car in the Steel End Car Park - maybe walkers assume that this is closed due to the United Utilities ongoing works around the far side of the Thirlmere shore side road.
To be fair, there was quite a few when I returned, but by no means full.
A look up at Steel Fell as I set off along the roadside. I'll be returning that way later on in the day.
Following the footpath signs, I leave the road and head off through the old farm buildings.
Looking back down the fellside towards the farm buildings and the road I'd just strolled along.
My first sight of the serene Harrop Tarn - All quiet and peaceful under the shapely Tarn Crags to the left.
Crossing the footbridge over Dob Gill.
Pretty well signposted around here. Left turn for me.
Heading through the woodland around Harrop Tarn.
It's limbo time ! I can get down okay - it's the getting back up that gives me problems.
Leaving the woods and heading upwards over soft open ground.
Standing Crag comes into view as height is gained.
Views appear of the Helvellyn massif behind me.
Blea Tarn - Yes another one.
Standing Crag looks like a significant obstacle to get past, but actually there's a very easy path to the left which means no hand to rock is needed.
I decided to visit the top of this crag and admire the views back down to Blea Tarn. I remember many years ago thinking that I had actually reached the top of Ullscarf whilst standing alongside the summit cairn.
The actual summit of Ullscarf, nearly a mile further on.
Heading towards Greenup Edge with High Raise in the distance.
After an enjoyable lunch stop, I looked over at my next two fells to visit - Calf Crag first on the right and then Steel Fell to the left in the distance.
As I joined the C2C path down from Greenup Edge, I enjoyed the views along the Wyth Burn valley.
Calf Crag on the horizon.
Calf Crag summit above Far Easedale.
A few damp bits to negotiate between Calf Crag and Steel Fell - Nothing major, but a bit of route consideration.
Next the undulating approach to Steel Fell.
Steel Fell summit.
Following the path northwards in the direction of Thirlmere as I start to head back.
Seat Sandal in the sun - I was there last Friday and it was white.
What a view ! Descending the nose of Steel Fell with Thirlmere below.
A quite steep but soft descent on grass.
Arriving at the path the runs alongside the A591 to Grasmere. I head away from Grasmere though, as I start to walk back to Steel End.
One last glance back at Steel End as I start to consider the journey home. A lovely day out in the Lakes again.