Sunday, 24th May 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Rough crag and Riggindale crag on ascent to High Street, followed by Mardale Ill Bell, Harter Fell, Branstree and Selside Pike
Start Point: Mardale Head Grid Reference: NY 469 107
Distance: 10.5 miles Ascent: 3,800 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: The day started with some cloud covering the higher tops with a cool wind. As the day progressed we retained the wind but the clouds cleared.
Comments: The day promised to be rather cool with a fairly strong wind. As the clouds cleared it became much warmer and the troop of nine enjoyed the views from all the tops, including an afternoon stop on the Old Corpse Rd, which enabled us to look back over the lake to take in our route of the day.

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As soon as we start the climb Haweswater comes into view . . .

 

and John points out something of interest

 

The views get better . . .

 

the higher we climb

 

Time for elevenses near Rough Crag . . .

 

and a great view of Blea Tarn

 

The ascent of Riggindale Crag leads on . . .

 

to Long Stile . . .

 

where there are great views down the Riggindale Valley

 

High Street - last time we were here there was a thick mist!

 

I'm glad we arrived at the car park early!

 

Mardale Ill Bell, with views of Haweswater . . .

 

and Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick

 

Across Small Water to Haweswater - but the difference in height isn't immediately obvious

 

Kentmere Reservoir

 

Harter Fell - the Wainwright, but the best views are further along the ridge . . . .

 

where we stop for lunch . . .

 

and another angle on Haweswater

 

After the climb to Branstree you would expect something a little more substantial . . .

 

like the cairn on nearby Artle Crag

 

A diversion from the path takes us across to the water board pillar . . .

 

which lines up with the one on Tarn Crag

 

I'm sure something moved in there!

 

Quickly passing Selside Pike . . .

 

we check out the ridge we started on, and take short-cut across  . . .

 

to the Old Corpse Road . . .

 

and take in an afternoon break . . .

 

before continuing the descent . . .

 

past Rowantreethwaite Beck waterfall . . .

 

and cross the stream  . . .

 

along the shore path . . .

 

taking in the view back along the reservoir . . .

 

and past a family of ducks

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