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Birks
624m (2047ft)

The Eastern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


Record Birks as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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(No. 125)

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222nd highest in England,
387th in England & Wales

Walk Birks walking UK Mountains in The Eastern Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria, England

The view from the summit of Birks

Photo: Alan Wainwright

You can find Birks & all the walks that climb it on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Lake District National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL5 The English Lakes - North Eastern area


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See Birks and the surrounding tops on our free-to-access 'Google Style' Peak Bagging Maps:

See Birks and the surrounding tops on our downloadable PDF Peak Bagging Maps:

NB: Whether you print off a copy on to paper or download it to your phone, these PDF Peak Baggers Maps will prove incredibly useful when your are up there on the tops and you cannot get a phone signal!


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See the location of Birks and all 5 walks that climb it on an interactive Google Map


You can walk to the top of Birks by using any of these 5 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk c211 Arnison Crag and Birks from Patterdale

Best in May when the Bluebells are in bloom

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 3.75ml (6km)
Ascent:1,571ft (479m)
Time:3 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 4 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c235 The Deepdale Horseshoe from Patterdale

Quieter alternative to crowded Helvellyn

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9.75ml (15.5km)
Ascent:3,516ft (1,072m)
Time:7 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c181 Dollywaggon Pike and Seat Sandal from Patterdale

Great high level route with an easy scramble

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 10ml (16km)
Ascent:3,979ft (1,213m)
Time:7½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c269 The Grisedale Horseshoe from Patterdale

Lakeland's most climbed mountain - not for the faint hearted

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11.5ml (18.5km)
Ascent:4,582ft (1,396m)
Time:8.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c264 The Grisedale Round from Patterdale

Superb high level ridge walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 13.25ml (21km)
Ascent:5,189ft (1,581m)
Time:10 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 9 Icon (Very Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Birks Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Birks

Steve Cookson walked up Birks on March 2nd, 2024 [from/via/route] Glenridding [with] Gillie [weather] Col & dry

Christine Shepherd climbed Birks during June, 2003 [from/via/route] From Patterdale [with] Rebecca [weather] Hot & sunny - Bagged this again 16.8.09 & 25.9.10 Climbed again with H4TH on 1.1.24

Victoria Bates bagged Birks on July 25th, 2023 [from/via/route] Patterdale via Black Crags. Afterwards onto St Sunday Crags [with] Mark, Dominic and Tabitha [weather] Cool & cloudy. Some rain on the descent - Dominic walked the whole way at 6 years old!

Steve Lucas hiked Birks on May 22nd, 2021 [with] On my own

Ian Ashton summited Birks on February 25th, 2023 [with] With jph

Angeline Grieveson conquered Birks on February 19th, 2023 [with] Dotty

Caroline Winter scaled Birks on February 1st, 2023 [from/via/route] Patterdale CP, Arnison crag, Birks, St Sunday [with] William [weather] Clear views, biting wind - Pleasant route, with great views of Ullswater & Helvellyn range. Quite busy, as first good weather walking day this week

Martyn Atherton walked up Birks on September 18th, 2022 [from/via/route] C235 Arniston Crag, Birks, St Sunday Crag, Fairfield, Hart Crag & Hartsop Above How [with] Paul Atherton [weather] Misty, rain & Sunny - Loved the route 6 hrs 50 minutes

Richard Fulcher climbed Birks on August 17th, 2022 [from/via/route] Parked in the Patterdale Cricket Club grounds (£5 all day - honesty box) & set off up the road/track through the Grisedale valley, ascending to Grisedale Tarn. After a coffee & biscuit we ascended the gradual path to St Sunday Crag. After a sandwich we followed the ridge down & up to Birks. The last stage was a steep but zigzag path down to the road & back to the car. [with] Jen [weather] Fresh in the morning with mist over the tops, gradually warming up & the skies turning blue. - A great walk taking us about 7 hours - slow, because we take a lot of photos & generally faff about!

Geoff Hand bagged Birks on May 28th, 2022 [from/via/route] Walk c 235 The Deepdale Horseshoe from Patterdale - abandoned due to bad weather [with] Alone with Tess [weather] Cold wet & cloudy - Set out to do the full horseshoe, however the weather was poor so I decided not to bother & walked down to Ullswater after climbing Birks & let Tess have a paddle.

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Birks

Birks summit cairn

Birks summit cairn

Photo: Alan Wainwright (55)

Ullswater from (just below) Birks

Ullswater from (just below) Birks

Photo: Andy Malcolm (8)

Grisedale with Birks beyond from near the Hole-in-the-wall between Birkhouse Moor and Helvellyn

Grisedale with Birks beyond from near the Hole-in-the-wall between Birkhouse Moor and Helvellyn

Photo: Brian Balfe (14)

The flat cairn on the summit of Birks

The flat cairn on the summit of Birks

Photo: Christine Shepherd (527)

Arnison Crag from Birks

Arnison Crag from Birks

Photo: David Hayter (398)

Birks from Arnison Crag

Birks from Arnison Crag

Photo: David Hayter (397)

St Sunday Crag from Birks

St Sunday Crag from Birks

Photo: Gerry Ball (52)

The shoulder of St Sunday Crag and Birks (left), Catstye Cam, Birkhouse Moor (centre) and Sheffield Pike from Arnison Crag, Patterdale

The shoulder of St Sunday Crag and Birks (left), Catstye Cam, Birkhouse Moor (centre) and Sheffield Pike from Arnison Crag, Patterdale

Photo: Chris Brankin (2)

The River Duddon at Birks Bridge

The River Duddon at Birks Bridge

Photo: Martin Potter (1)


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