|Walk:||Gatescarth Pass, Mosedale Cottage, Old Corpse Road, Mardale Head, Gatescarth Pass|
|Start Point:||Sadgill||Grid Reference:||NY 483 057|
|Distance:||13 mls||Ascent:||3,200 ft|
|Weather:||A dry start and end but heavy drizzle for much of the time|
Given a choice of 3 routes the group opted for a visit to Mosedale Cottage before following the Old Corpse Road to Haweswater and Mardale Head. Bravely tackling the fourth, and hardest climb of the day (1 mile and 1,100 feet!), we returned to the cars over the Gatescarth Pass.
Due to heavy drizzle for the middle part of the walk it wasn't possible to take photos of Haweswater, showing the effects of the recent dry spell. Consequently photos from the recce 3 weeks earlier have been included.
The Gatescarth Pass Permit Scheme allows motorcyclists
and 4 x 4s to access this route one day per month.
Coincidentally our walk took place on the September date.
In the main the cyclists were very considerate when passing walkers . . .
but a group of 8 together was a bit much (too many fumes!)
Waterfalls are beginning to be more effective with the recent rain
Sheep Bridge - but where are the sheep?
Mosedale Cottage comes into view
Most bothies are at least several hours walk from the public road
They are monitored by the Mountain Bothies Association . . .
and visitors often leave essentials for others to use
We arrive in time for our morning break . . .
but no-one looks keen on continuing the walk
A bothy was originally farm accommodation for itinerant workers
The next few photos were taken on the recce . . .
and clearly show . . .
the various water levels . . .
during the long dry spell
Ruins of walls can be seen . . .
and even what may have been an access road
The water now reaches the wall that travels half way across the reservoir
Checking out the return route . . .
as we make our way . . .
back down the Gatescarth Pass