Fairfield, from The Nab

Fairfield, from The Nab. Crags of Greenhow End are clearly visible.

Height: 2863 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

Cofa Pike, Fairfield

Cofa Pike, a shoulder of Fairfield on the ridge to St Sunday Crag

Date climbed: 4th June 2011 (walk 36).

Bagged as number: 114 out of 330. [ << Hart Crag (113)  (115) Great Rigg >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:  Approached on the ridge from Hart Crag and left on the ridge to Great Rigg.

What Mr Wainwright says(from page 2 of his chapter): “…on the north side the Fairfield range is magnificent: here are dark precipices, long fans of scree, abrupt crags, desolate combes and deep valleys: a tangle of rough country, small in extent but full of interest, and well worth exploration. This grimmer side of the Fairfield group can only be visited conveniently from the Patterdale area. Fairfield turns its broad back to the south, to Rydal and Grasmere, and climbers from this direction get only the merest glimpse of its best features; many visitors to the summit, indeed, return unsuspecting, and remember Fairfield and its neighbours as mountains of grass.”

Fairfield from Great Rigg

Looking back to Fairfield on the descent to Great Rigg

What I say: Fairfield was the summit of the day but not the grandest object in view: in their own ways, both Hart Crag and Great Rigg were more attractive or impressive. However, the drama of Fairfield’s northern face is certainly apparent and probably I did not get as close to it as I might have. One trouble is that I have almost never seen Fairfield in anything other than a shroud of cloud: I’ve been near it three times, and each time it has been draped in mist to greater or lesser extent.

(The photo now in place at the top of the page finally reveals this fell in its full glory: taken on walk 55.)

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