This fantastic walk today included no fewer than 7 Wainwrights:
- Harter Fell (2552ft, 778m)
- Mardale Ill Bell (2493ft, 760m)
- High Street (2717ft, 828m)
- The Knott (2425ft, 739m)
- Rampsgill Head (2598, 792m)
- High Raise (2631, 802m)
- Kidsty Pike (2559ft, 780m)
From the car park at Mardale Head I begin the walk by making my way up beside Gatesgarth Beck towards Gatesgarth Pass. Harter Fell will be my first target today and its impressive crags loom large on my right as I ascend…
At Gatesgarth Pass I turn right towards Harter Fell summit, the early morning clouds are clearing now and it promises to be a lovely day with excellent visibility…
The view over Haweswater shortly before the summit
Blea Water and High Street with Rampsgill Head and Kidsty Pike on the right
The summit of Harter Fell looking towards the Coniston Fells in the far distance
I leave the summit of Harter Fell behind and begin the stunning ridge walk over the Nan Bield Pass towards Mardale Ill Bell…
Yoke and Ill Bell above Kentmere Reservoir
The Coniston Fells over the ridge between Ill Bell and Froswick
All the time to my right the views are just incredible – this is Small Water backed by High Street (left), Rampsgill Head (centre), Kidsty Pike (just right of centre) and High Raise
And the view to my left is equally impressive! Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick dominate the view
Small Water and Haweswater
Looking back towards Harter Fell
The summit of Mardale Ill Bell
From Mardale Ill Bell it is an easy and short walk to High Street…
Looking back to Mardale Ill Bell and Harter Fell
As would be expected the views from the summit of High Street are extensive, Great Gable can be seen in the distance here on the far left, with Fairfield (just left of centre), Dollywaggon Pike (right of centre), and Nethermost Pike (right).
St. Sunday Crag (centre), Helvellyn (right of centre) and Catstycam (far right)
I follow the stone wall off the summit towards the Straits of Riggindale towards my next target – The Knott, which can be seen on the left of this photograph. In fact the next four Wainwrights on my walk are all quite close to each other and are easily bagged in a relatively short time. Rampsgill Head can be seen in the centre, High Raise (right of centre), and Kidsty Pike (right).
Looking down into Riggindale and Haweswater towards Selside Pike and Branstree
Branstree and Harter Fell over the ridge of Rough Crag and Long Stile
Kidsty Pike and Riggindale
Looking towards Fairfield and Helvellyn from the summit of The Knott
My next targets – Rampsgill Head (right), and High Raise (left)
Hayeswater and Hayeswater Gill backed by Thornthwaite Crag and Gray Crag with Caudale Moor beyond
High Street and Thornthwaite Crag
From The Knott it is only a short distance to Rampsgill Head…
Looking back to the summit of The Knott. In the distance is Dove Crag (far left), Hart Crag (left of centre), Fairfield (centre) and Dollywaggon Pike (right)
Looking down to The Nab and Rampsgill Beck from Rampsgill Head
Harter Fell, Mardale Ill Bell and High Street from the summit of Rampsgill Head
My next target – High Raise (right)
The summit of High Raise. Its top is a bit of a surprise – for it is covered in rocks of all shapes and sizes.
The Scafells can be seen over Hart Crag, but it is Fairfield that dominates the view in this photograph
From High Raise I retrace my steps for a short distance before heading towards my final Wainwright of the walk – Kidsty Pike…
The summit of Kidsty Pike with Harter Fell, Mardale Ill Bell and High Street beyond
Looking over the Straits of Riggindale to Caudale Moor
Haweswater and Riggindale
Rough Crag, Long Stile and High Street from Kidsty Howes
Haweswater, Selside Pike and Branstree from Kidsty Howes
Looking back up to Kidsty Howes (far right), Kidsty Pike (just right of centre) and High Street (left)
Heading alongside Haweswater back to the car park at Mardale Head with Harter Fell behind
What a fantastic walk it had been with outstanding views in all directions – and still back at the car for 3pm!…
Brae Fell (just left of centre)
Todays walk begins in Longlands. We go through the gate and follow the track before turning right to follow Charleton Gill up towards Great Sca Fell. Instead of heading to Little Sca Fell we veer left towards Brae Fell. This photograph is taken looking back over Charleton Gill to Longlands Fell.
Threatening looking clouds over Skiddaw from the summit of Brae Fell
We descend over rough grass before rejoining the track back to Longlands. This is Longlands Fell from the lower slopes of Brae Fell.
My brother was up from the midlands visiting for a few days and today we teamed up to tackle the five fells of Maiden Moor (1890ft, 576m), High Spy (2142ft, 653m), Dale Head (2470ft, 753m), Hindscarth (2385ft, 727m) and Robinson (2418ft, 737m). With a beautiful sunny day ahead and excellent visibility we were really looking forward to a full day out in the fells.
Unfortunately I had a bit of trouble with the GPS on my phone for a little while which meant the full track wasn’t recorded, it missed out the bit from the start of the walk near Little Town up onto the saddle between Catbells and Maiden Moor.
Looking back from half way up the climb to Hause Gate
Once the col is reached there is a magnificent view down to Derwent Water
Catbells with Skiddaw beyond
Sitting on the edge of Bull Crag on Maiden Moor looking over to Robinson on the left and the North Western Fells on the right
Looking over the Newlands Valley to Scar Crags, Causey Pike and Grisedale Pike
The summit of Maiden Moor looking towards our next targets – High Spy (left) and Dale Head (right)
To be honest it is hard to tear ourselves away from this spot – the view is just breathtaking. Here my brother can be seen admiring the view from Bull Crag looking towards Hindscarth (centre) and Robinson (right)
High Spy, Dale Head and Hindscarth
Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson
Looking back over Catbells to Skiddaw
The view from Blea Crag looking back over Maiden Moor
Approaching the summit cairn on High Spy with Dale Head on the right
The North Western Fells
The summit of High Spy
Leaving High Spy behind we begin to drop down towards Dalehead Tarn. In front of us now are the Scaffels and Great Gable (right)
We lose considerable height as we descend to Dalehead Tarn (left of centre). This can only mean one thing! Once we’re down there a tough and steep climb awaits us up on to Dale Head (right)
With the tough part of the walk now over we can admire the terrific views from Dale Head – this is the impressive Eel Crags on the west side of High Spy
The summit cairn on Dale Head
Our next target – Hindscarth, on the left
Once we leave Dale Head there are tremendous views over Honister Pass and Fleetwith Pike to Great Gable, Kirk Fell and Pillar beyond
Admiring the view to High Crag, High Stile, Red Pike and Buttermere – just incredible!
Maiden Moor and High Spy with the Helvellyn range in the distance
Looking back to the crags of Great Gable on the north side Dale Head
The summit of Hindscarth
Another cairn just north of the summit gives a superb view down towards Scope End and Little Town (centre). We then double back on ourselves and descend towards Littledale Edge midway between Hindscarth and Robinson.
In only 40 minutes we have reached our fifth, and final summit of the day – Robinson
Mellbreak and Rannerdale Knotts on the left with Whiteless Pike, Grasmoor and Wandope on the right
We now begin the breathtaking ridge walk down the spine to the northeast of Robinson towards High Snab Bank, there are some impressive drops to our left as we descend, and some scrambling is necessary
Looking back up to Robinson and Robinson Crags from the descent
The descent of Robinson is very steep and our legs are getting tired after 8 hours of walking! This is looking back up towards Hindscarth.
Eventually we reach more level ground and pass the pretty Newlands Church near the end of the walk. We hadn’t rushed and we’d both stopped whenever necessary to regain our breaths and enjoy the views – I don’t see the point in rushing, I try to savour every step. The walk was just under 10 miles in distance and we’d spent just over 9hrs in beautiful sunshine. Perfect.
The road to Longlands
Today’s walk begins in Longlands. After parking the car we go through the gate and turn immediately right to follow the stone wall, and Great Cockup is soon in view ahead of us.
Heading towards the pass of Trusmadoor (centre) with Meal Fell on the left and Great Cockup on the right.
Looking back towards Longlands from Trusmadoor
The impressive ‘Dead Crags’ below Bakestall. Skiddaw Little Man is on the far left with Skiddaw in the centre.
Looking towards Bassenthwaite Lake from the summit ‘cairn’ on Great Cockup
This walk begins at the National Trust car park at Park Brow, where a stile and path on the opposite side of the road leads into Glencoyne Park.
And very quickly my camera was out of the rucksack!…
Looking over Glencoyne Park and Ullswater towards Red Screes, Arnison Crag, Birks and St. Sunday Crag
Place Fell, Caudale Moor and Red Screes
Looking back to Gowbarrow Fell from the path through Glencoyne Park
St. Sunday Crag on the left with Fairfield in cloud and Heron Pike on the right
The distinctive shape of Catstycam comes into view on the far left with Helvellyn Lower Man just behind still in cloud. Raise is now also visible in the centre, with the crags of Glencoyne Head on the right. The track I’m on eventually leads to Sticks Pass but at the wall I turn right to follow it steeply up towards Birkett Fell.
It is a rather monotonous and steep climb up alongside the wall. This is looking down the wall to Glencoynedale below.
Looking over Nick Head to Helvellyn Lower Man and Helvellyn coming out of the cloud with Catstycam on the left
Looking back along the wall to Sheffield Pike on the right
At the highest point alongside the wall the path veers off to the left where the summit cairn of Birkett Fell is soon reached. Hart Side summit is in the centre with Great Dodd on the right.
Looking east from Birkett Fell
The summit cairn on Hart Side. Once again some very ominous looking dark clouds are directly overhead! Skiddaw can be seen just to the right of the cairn with Blencathra, Bowscale Fell and Carrock Fell bathed in sunshine.
What a superb view…and time for for some lunch.
Helvellyn on the right with Swirral Edge leading towards Catstycam. Hidden behind Catstycam is Striding Edge although some of it can be seen to the left.
St. Sunday Crag and Fairfield at the back with Birkhouse Moor in the middle distance
Looking over Sheffield Pike to High Street, Gray Crag, Thornthwaite Crag, Hartsopp Dodd and Caudale Moor.
Great Dodd, Skiddaw and Blencathra
Catstycam, Helvellyn, Helvellyn Lower Man, Raise and Stybarrow Dodd
Blencathra from the summit of Hart Side
Skiddaw, Clough Head and Blease Fell