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Birkhouse Moor and Greenside Mine

Birkhouse Moor and Greenside Mine

Tue 15th July 2014

The fourth Shepherds Walks jaunt in the magnificent Lake District.
  
We turned up at Glenridding Pier car park for our trip up to Birkhouse Moor, another of the 214 Wainwrights.

It looked like we were in for a good day with the likelihood of early mist/cloud burning away. Our first stop was Lanty’s Tarn where I regaled Liz stories of the accompanying ice house which provided the materials for 17th Century ice cream for Patterdale Hall.

Then ‘onwards and upwards’ to the ’hole in the wall’, the start of the (in)famous Striding Edge. Here we had a choice; would she like to add Helvellyn to her day out in the fells? A firm ‘yes, please!’ was a fitting response.

We duly set off after a splendid lunch next to Red Tarn. Swirral Edge isn’t as infamous as Striding Edge but it has its moments, scrambling definitely involved. We arrived at the top of Helvellyn in no time at all.

Back down we went and off to our final summit of Birkhouse Moor. Super views of Glenridding and its neighbouring mountains rounded off a great day on the fells.

A great days walking.

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