A Homage to Patterdale
This year, from February onwards, because of road-works on the way to Ambleside, the majority of my Lake District walks have been in Patterdale. Of the larger, more varied and accessible dales, it is the one nearest to Lancaster, but though I have walked here from time to time in the past, it was only over the last few months that it began to properly dawn on me what a wealth of good climbs there are to be had in this area. I therefore began to come back again and again, and have now managed to undertake the majority of them. At this point I therefore thought it would be good to collect together on a single page some of the highlights of these outings, by way of a tribute to this marvellous area. For, although well-known for Helvellyn, it actually also deserves to be equally renowned for the wonderful succession of walks to be had up the eastern sides of Dove and Hart Crags, Fairfield, Dollywagon and Nethermost Pikes, and on to Little Hart Crag, Hartsop above How, Cofa Pike and St Sunday Crag. In addition, on the western side of the valley, the fells near Hartsop that lead up to Thornthwaite Crag and High Street, such as Little Hartsop Dodd, Caudale Moor, and Grey Crag, provide excellent walks, and, further north, so do Angletarn Pikes and Place Fell. Although comparisons are, of course, invidious, Patterdale provides a variety of walks and views that is hard to rival anywhere else in the Lake District. This page is therefore humbly dedicated to its joyous existence, with very grateful thanks for the many pleasures it has given me!
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