Saturday, 1st August 2009




Walk: Haweswater, Nan Bield Pass, Mardale Ill Bell, High Street, High Raise and Kidsty Pike
Start Point: Mardale Head Grid Reference: NY 468 107
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 2,740 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Rain, mist and sun
Comments: It was raining hard as we arrived, but after a 30-minute delay it eased, and 7 of us set off and soon climbed into the mist, which stayed with us up to Nan Bield Pass, where we stopped for coffee. All of a sudden we could see the mist clearing and we could see below us. However, the mist was not very far above us as we made for Mardale Ill Bell and was rather murky on High Street. There, we had a chat with a marshal ,who had been there all night manning a radio station for the 100 mile fell race. The competitors however, did not go past there, as he was only a relay station back to Coniston. From there on the day improved as we looked down Riggindale and viewed the site of the nesting crags of the last eagles in England, sad. On to High Raise where we enjoyed the sun that stayed with us for the afternoon. A short pause at Kidsty Pike before the descent over Kidsty Howes and back to the cars at Haweswater.

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Let's get going!


Andrew is ready and Linda makes a final check


We pause in the mist by Small Water Back


Looking back from the Nan Bield Pass . . .


and Kentmere is clearing


as we have a coffee


Mardale Ill Bell


Radio Station on High Street for the 100 mile fell race


High Street trig point


Looking down Riggindale


No eagles on the Riggindale Crag now but . . .


High Raise, windy but sunny at last


High Raise, the two cairns


A pause at Kidsty Pike . . .


and its downhill to Kidsty Howes and Haweswater

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