Fairfield is a fell of split character, its gentle and heavily trodden southern flank a striking contrast to the wild and craggy north side. Here the ground is bitten into two dramatic coves, Sleet and Link, divided by the gnarled spur of Greenhow End. This is the double-headed Deepdale, one of the more quietly inspiring locations in the Lake District. Providing a connoisseur's alternative to the ever-popular Fairfield Horseshoe, this walk takes you into Link Cove, from where Greenhow End is climbed via a rough route with some optional scrambling. Return to the valley via Hart Crag and the long interesting arm of Hartsop Above How.
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Distance: 7.58 miles (12.20 km)
Total ascent: 779m
Time: 4:30 – 6 hours (Walking)
Bridgend on the A592 south of Patterdale (limited parking space: there's a bigger car park 1.5km south), NY398144
A clear hill path to the head of Deepdale, followed by rougher and less clearly-trodden ground into Link Cove. The ascent of Greenhow End can involve some fairly short lived scrambling, though any difficulties are entirely optional. The return leg along Hartsop Above How is boggy in places.
An excellent winter round with a very slight mountaineering flavour.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Lake District – Met Office: Lake District
OS Explorer OL5 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Lake District (1:40,000), OS Landranger 90 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
Ullswater (017684 82414); Grasmere (015394 35245); Ambleside (015394 32582)
by Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com
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