Sunday, 28th August 2016

Walk: Hartsop, Hayeswater Gill to Hayeswater, Gray Crag, Thornthwaite Crag, High Street
Start Point: Hartsop Village car park Grid Reference: NY 409 130
Distance: 7 miles Ascent: 2,580 feet
Time: 5.75 hours
Weather: Cloud covering the fell tops all day, but although damp, neither cold nor wet.
Elsewhere, the north west was sunny and dry.

Disappointingly poor visibility took away the spectacular views, missing out views of Kidsty Pike, the Straits of Riggindale and climbing The Knott.
Seven Ramblers enjoyed a shorter walk but with greater ascent, generally viewed as something different and achievable on the programme when there is encouragement and support from the group, which was made up of both moderate and strenuous walkers - a fabulous fusion!

August Bank Holiday weekend: what did you expect from the weather?
The "Moderate Group" leave Hartsop, with our route in the background.

We follow Hayeswater Gill where the hydro scheme partnership between
Good Energy and the National Trust is nearing completion after a long upheaval.

Robb takes an interest in the Filter House, needing to catch up by way of a tricky stile

The bridge over the Gill straddles the narrow but fierce stream
which has flattened the pipe beneath.

Looking back to Hartsop, with the Filter House on the left.

From the end of Hayeswater, we continue a steady climb towards Gray Crag.
Gina provides Lakeland Tranquility amongst the bizarre and very pink sheep
and the emergency vehicle in the valley.

More mist, pink sheep and six Ramblers, now at Gray Crag 2,293 feet,
listing as a Wainwright and a Nuttall. A good climb and we're still smiling!

Arriving at Thorthwaite Crag, the mist parts slightly, offering tantalising glimpses of our
Lakeland panorama, but reverts to white-out after lunch for our photo-call at the beacon.

High Street, the largest of the Wainwright hills in his Far Eastern Fells, so we take another
group shot, 2718 feet on this Roman road, later used for summer fairs by the locals in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The summit is called Racecourse Hill.

Returning to Hartsop, this neglected but curious little building is crying out for renovation
with it's eco roof. And look, the cloud has lifted, it's a lovely afternoon

A couple of months ago, this photo, taken on our return route, shows the
end of Hayeswater, above which we began our ascent to Gray Crag this morning.
Looking across, towards the end of the day, we could see our route
and were really impressed as it looked tough and we all did it (comfortably)

Previously taken, this panorama summarises our route today from Hartsop in the centre, up Hayeswater Gill
and ascent of Gray Crag, left of centre, anti-clockwise around the Thornthwaite Crag horseshoe to return
via High Street and descending again to Hayeswater and turning right towards Hartsop. Job done!

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