Sunday, 9th June 2013

Walk: Haweswater, Swindale, Mosedale, Gatescarth Pass, Harter Fell & High Street
Start Point: Haweswater car park Grid Reference: NY 469 107
Distance: 13.2 miles Ascent: 4,000 feet
Time: 7 hours    
Weather: Sun and light cloud in the morning but mainly overcast in the afternoon. Warm in the valleys but a little cooler on the tops (ideal for walking).
Comments: Leaving the car park in a N.E. Direction, to take the path along the south side of the lake and the Old Corpse road. This lead us past Richie Crag before descending to Swindale Head and mid morning break at 11.30. Turning south we passed Forces Falls and made for Mosedale Cottage. This cottage is a bothy and open to all who wish to use it. Continuing on we reached the flanks of Selside where we turning almost due west for Gatescarth Pass, Mardale Ill Bell and High St. Turning once again we headed East down Long Stile, Riggindale Crags (sadly no eagles) and Rough Crag. The decent of High St is quite rocky with care needed , the rest of the day was on good paths or open fell side.

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Haweswater car park




A motley crew


High Street with Harter Fell on left


Looking down from Old Corpse Road to The Rigg with Harter Fell, Mardale Ill Bell and High Street in the background


The Old Corpse Road (Swindale to Mardale)


We drop down into Swindale . . .


following a wall down to Swindale Head . . .


where there is a barn covered in moss




This makes a perfect place for our elevenses . . .


with good views of Swindale


Swindale Valley


We continue to follow Swindale Beck


Views down Swindale as we start to climb Nabs Moor . . .


where there are many small wild flowers


Mosedale Cottage comes into view


Checking for residents in Mosedale Cottage


Plaque on Bothy wall


Mosedale Cottage standing all alone


Looking down to Mosedale Cottage from Selside Brow


We eventually reach Gatescarth Pass


Haweswater from Harter Fell


Harter Fell top


Our route to Mardale Ill Bell


What can one say!


High Street at last


Our route back in the foreground . . .


and again


Looking down from our descent with Haweswater in the distance


Deep in concentration . . .


and it was needed

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