Birks, from Nethermost Pike

Birks, from Nethermost Pike’s east ridge. Picture taken – somewhat precariously – on walk 39.

Height: 2040 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: 19th August 2010 (walk 23).

Bagged as number: 74 out of 214. [ << St Sunday Crag (73)  (75) Arnison Crag >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: Approached down the ridge from St Sunday Crag. Descended to Trough Head and on to Arnison Crag.

The summit of Birks

The summit of Birks

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 1 of his chapter): “The northeast shoulder of St Sunday Crag falls sharply to a depression beyond which a grassy undulating spur, featureless and wide, continues with little change in elevation towards Ullswater before finally plunging down to the valley through the enclosure of Glemara Park. Although this spur lacks a distinctive summit it is sufficiently well-defined to deserve a separate name; but, being an unromantic and uninteresting fell, it has earned for itself nothing better than the prosaic and unassuming title of Birks. It is rarely visited as the sole objective of an expedition, but walkers descending the ridge from St Sunday Crag often take it in their stride.”

What I say: Which is exactly what I did, and no, there’s not a great deal to say about it except to speculate on just how it ended up with its curious name. I mean, you can’t imagine, say, the Italians calling a mountain ‘Birks’, can you? It sounds like a belch.

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