Sheffield Pike via Seldom Seen.

Start. Stybarrow Crag, Ullswater.

Route. Stybarrow Crag - Glencoyne Wood - Moss Crag - Seldom Seen - Nick Head - Sheffield Pike - Heron Pike - Mossdale - Stybarrow Crag.

Notes. Today's walk was most definitely dominated by Ullswater, why not it's the most picturesque lake in the whole of the Lake District. Form Stybarrow Crag my route took me through Glencoyne Wood to start the long ascent to Nick Head, from Nick Head it was an easy ascent onto the rocky summit of Sheffield Pike, from the summit my route down headed west descending Heron Pike before reaching a gate that allowed access to Mossdale. A wonderful green path carried me along the banks of Mossdale Beck, I suddenly found myself on steep muddy ground, stumbling over slippery tree roots fighting for grip with every step, navigating through wet waist high Bracken, up to my knees in mud before suddenly stumbling out of the undergrowth onto the car park, not quite the end I'd envisaged but you can't have it all your own way.

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From the car park a wonderful view to the head of Ullswater.

In the other direction Norfolk Island backed by Gowbarrow Fell with the steep slopes of Place Fell to the right.

On the ascent through Glencoyne Wood.

The cottages at Seldom Seen looking to Nick Head.

Through the trees the Black Crag face of Sheffield Pike my destination for today.

Above Seldom Seen with views over Glencoyne taking in Ullswater and Gowbarrow Fell.

Seen over the slopes of Swinside Knott, Gowbarrow Fell and yet again Ullswater.

Looking to the desolation of Glencoyne Head.

The steep slopes of Sheffield Pike present fine views over Ullswater.

Seen from Sheffield Pike views to Catstye Cam backed by High Spying How with Striding Edge carrying the eye to Helvellyn.

The stunning view from the summit of Sheffield Pike, Coudale Moor and the long flat summit of High Street.

The summit cairn with views down Ullswater.

Heron Pike provides a fine viewpoint, looking to the head of the Glenridding Valley, Birkhouse Moor to the left, Catstye Cam with the Helvellyn massif across the skyline, to the right Stang.

Place Fell and Angletarn Pikes as seen over the head of Ullswater.

 

Another view up Glenridding.

Looking to Place Fell over Glenridding Dodd.

The jagged skyline of Heron and Sheffield Pikes seen from Mossdale.

A final look down Ullswater before I descend into the trees, the path's about to become a real ankle breaker.

Looking back up my descent route, there's a path somewhere.

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