Walk                 : High Street

                                        Date                 : 22nd May 2012

                                        Weather           : Hot and Sunny around 25° C   

                                        Route Details    : Mardale Head, The Rigg, High Street, Thornthwaite Crag, High Street, Rampsgill Head,

                                                                                                  Kidsty Pike, Mardale Head

                                        Distance           : 10.9 miles

 

                                                Click here to see which part of Lakeland this walk is situated ….

 

                                        Overview

                                        This is a “classic” walk – the peaceful tranquillity and stunning back drops that Haweswater has to offer is very hard to beat.

                                                            The weather forecast promised clear blue skies and prolonged sunshine … it didn’t disappoint, it was a glorious day. I arrived

                                                             at the car park at Mardale Head and was lucky to get a parking space. The ascent via the ridge of Rough Crag starting from

                                                             the Rigg and the continuing up over Long Stile was described by Wainwright as the … “Connoisseur’s route up to High Street”

                                                             …. He was right – but then again he usually was

 

 

Just on the approach Pooley Bridge, the Ullswater Steamer heads in, couldn’t resist a shot

 

 

Across the lake over to Gowbarrow Fell in the centre

 

                                 

           

I couldn’t help but stop and check the water level at the Dam Wall – I remember I had taken this piccy in 1995 when the level

dropped so dramatically during the drought that Mardale Village or the remnants of it was exposed (a rare sight).

Today though all back to normal thankfully

 

 

Here in plain view in all its glory the ridge route up to High Street from the Rigg that was to be my intended journey

 

 

Here looking towards what would be the final fell in today’s walk – Kidsty Pike (that’s the pointy bit to the right)

 

 

From the Car park you head out across the head of the Reservoir to join the path along the Rigg

 

 

The path climbs gently to the start of the ridge and the foot of Swine Crag seen here rising sharply upwards

 

 

Now starts the “hard work”

 

 

Starting to gain a little height now and my car is just a tiny dot down below

 

 

Higher up – the scramble to Heron Crag

 

 

Looking across to the steep northern face of Harter Fell

 

 

Higher still now and approaching Eagle Crag and for the first time High Street comes into view from the climb

 

 

The view backwards and the vista of Haweswater Reservoir starts to open up. When full it holds an estimated 18.6 billion

gallons of water and is owned by United Utilities

 

 

Looking over to the Nan Bield pass and you can just see the edge of Small water below

 

 

The rocky spine continues to Eagle Crag, the destination looming ever closer, but at this point still a fair bit of work to do

 

                                

 

One cairn – two views

 

 

Long Stile and the final push to the summit

 

  

       

Blea Water Tarn completely still and providing a mirror finish

 

 

A quick glance back to Caspel Gate Tarn and the rocky spine just climbed

 

                              

 

The summit trig column and time for dinner, it didn’t quite seem to me the highest point on the fell

but if the Ordnance Survey plate says it is – then it is

 

 

Either way though a cracking view of the Helvellyn range

 

                                

 

On my last walk (The Kentmere Horseshoe) I had omitted Thornthwaite Crag from the round due to the weather.

So being as it was only a mile or so away from where I was I decided to pay a visit. The obelisk cairn is magnificent and

exactly how Wainwright depicted it in Book Two. Windermere in the background

 

 

Here looking south towards Ill Bell and its triple cairned summit

 

 

Sun rays over the Eastern Fells and in the distance on the right of the picture – faded Great Gable in the haze

 

 

From Thorthwaite Crag I returned to High Street and headed west towards Rampsgill Head

 

 

And then further round still up to Kidsty Pike

 

 

Looking back to High Street from Kidsty Pike

 

 

On the way down now and looking over Riggindale at the ridge climbed at the start

 

 

And across the head of the Reservoir back to the Rigg

 

 

More rays – nearly back down on the valley floor now

 

 

The return to the car park. At this point in the evening it was still roasting hot so it follows ….

 

 

That the only sensible thing to do was to replenish all the lost fluids and it just so happened that

this was the place to do it. Oh yesssss !!!

 

 

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