Snowfield and Stone Arthur

Snowfield below the tors of Stone Arthur

Height: 1652 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 4th June 2011 (walk 36). Second visit: 15th January 2016 (walk 105).

Bagged as number: First round: 116 out of 330. [ << Great Rigg (115)  (117) Burnbank Fell >> ]

Second round: 21 out of 330. [ << Ulthwaite Rigg (Wet Sleddale Horseshoe) (20)   (22) Great Rigg >> ]

Stone Arthur summit

Summit rocks of Stone Arthur. Note the ice axe.

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Came down the ridge from Great Rigg and carried on down to Grasmere (or more specifically the Swan Hotel just outside).

Second visit: The same, but in reverse: ascending from the Swan and going on to Great Rigg.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 1 of his chapter): “Without its prominent tor of steep rock, Stone Arthur would probably never have been given a name for it is merely the abrupt end of a spur of Great Rigg although it has the appearance of a separate fell when seen from Grasmere. The outcrop occurs where the gradual decline of the spur becomes pronounced and here are the short walls of rock, like a ruined castle, that give Stone Arthur its one touch of distinction.”

Stone Arthur from Silver How

Stone Arthur, seen from Silver How

What I say: Stone Arthur does look like a separate fell when seen from Grasmere but it certainly doesn’t grab the attention on the long descent down from Great Rigg; it would actually be quite easy to miss the summit. So probably this is another candidate for the ‘should it really be a Wainwright’ list? But seeing as it is one, let’s find something good to say about it – which is that the views of Grasmere (lake, village and vale) are very good.

The second visit was made more memorable by the thick snow in which I did it; and ascending Stone Arthur from Grasmere does give more of a sense of achievement than simply bagging it on the way down from its parent fell, Great Rigg. Probably a nice climb up from Grasmere on a summer’s evening.

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One Response to “Stone Arthur”

  1. […] hour around noon when a storm hit); and it bagged me four Wainwrights on my second round, namely Stone Arthur (pictured here), Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab […]

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