Haweswater, Kidsty Pike, Rampsgill Head, High Raise (Martindale) & Wether Hill
3D outline of route
The quiet village of Burnbanks at the head of the Haweswater reservoir - Always a parking spot for a days walk. Also a chance to say Hi to coast to coasters as the route goes right past here.
After a 10 minute delay - talking to coasters ! then another 10 talking to other walkers, then a return to the car as I'd left my phone, I finally headed past the phone box and started the walk.
Not keen on you venturing near the dam wall as you can see.
The start of the long path alongside Haweswater - Always an enjoyable route with red squirrels and small hawks along the way. No Golden Eagles these days though I'm afraid - that treat has long gone.
Looking back towards the dam as it comes into view
This time looking towards Mardale Head and the site of the now submerged village - located at the head of the flooded valley.
A right turn after the footbridge over Riggendale Beck and its all uphill to the summit of Kidsty Pike.
A stop for a breather and a view back down into Mardale.
Oh dear ! Looks like the best part of todays walk from now on is going to be with only limited visibility. 700m is the cloud line here and I think I'll stay above that for the next hour or so.
Kidsty Pike summit.
Not any better at Rampsgill Head
En-route to High Raise
High Raise in the clag - although in reality the picture clarity has more to do with my photographic skills rather than cloud
Just descending out of the gloom as Ullswater begins to appear in the distance
The gentle ascent of Wether Hill on soft ground
Wether Hill summit - 'Dreary and Uninteresting' not much to hang around for.
I picked up a reasonable path on the broad ridge towards Low Kop, but just before reaching this point, I had tried to follow the O/S marked path from the summit of Wether Hill, but I don't believe it exists these days.
The best option would have been to have walked back towards Red Crag on my previous climb towards Wether Hill and turn left after a hundred yards staying on the well trodden ground. The short cut I took 'off path' was harder work and of no interest.
A small cairn identified the right turn towards Haweswater
Descending down towards Haweswater whilst listening to the cricket commentary - Who says my life isn't exciting ?
The nose of Low Raise
Measand Beck crossing
Through the bracken and onto the Haweswater Coast to Coast path again.
Now for a trip back to Teesside and a pub crawl.