Circuit of Haweswater

Name of walk Circuit of Haweswater
Date of walk 2013-04-01

On Easter Sunday Brendan and I drove to Burnbanks to walk around Haweswater. A walk of 10.2 miles. It has been on my list of walks to do for a while. The only downside to today’s walk was the clocks going forward. I usually get up at 6.30am on walk days……which would really have been 5.30am! I compromised with a 7am start…..the lake isn’t going anywhere!

But the best of the weather was at the start of the day and it was sunny and quite warm at the start of the walk…….

Map of Circuit of Haweswater, 2013

Map of Circuit of Haweswater, 2013

The village of Burnbanks

The village of Burnbanks in blue skies......

Looking down on the dam

Looking down on the dam.........

First view up the lake

First view up the lake.......

Looking back to the dam

Looking back to the dam.....

Reservoir

The path is much better than I imagined it would be. It is one you can easily stride out on without having to look at your feet all the time.

Looking down towards Branstree, Harter Fell, Mardale Ill Bell

Looking down towards Branstree, Harter Fell, Mardale Ill Bell and the Riggindale ridge going up to High St. It is now starting to cloud over.

View

I stopped off on a rock to wait for Brendan to catch up......

Great view back!

Dawdling! Great view back!

The Haweswater Hotel

Directly across from me is The Haweswater Hotel. Our coffee stop on the way back.........

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Approaching the highest point

Approaching the highest point, just over 1000ft called Castle Crag.....

View back.

View back....

Heading towards Speaking Crag

Heading towards Speaking Crag......

ruins of Riggindale Farm

Looking down on the ruins of Riggindale Farm...

Riggindale

Looking up into Riggindale. No sign of the Golden Eagle.....

Panorama of Kidsty Pike and the view down Haweswater

Panorama of Kidsty Pike and the view down Haweswater from our route up The Rigg. That tree was upright last time I was here!

Woods

We had lunch out of the wind in the woods. Looking at the start of the route up the Riggindale ridge to High St.

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Mardale Head

Mardale Head. The car park was filled to capacity and cars were parked a long way back along the road.....

Half a road is better than none

Half a road is better than none! The east side permissive path is closed, but I`ve walked part of it before, and with the snow, the road is a lot easier.

Mardale Head, The Rigg, Riggindale and Kidsty Pike panorama

Mardale Head, The Rigg, Riggindale and Kidsty Pike panorama.....

viewpoint

Stood on a viewpoint on the closed permissive path looking north to the Tower Pier......

The Tower

The Tower. I nip down and have a look around.....

Red squirrel!

We stopped for a drink in the Haweswater Hotel......red squirrel!

Dam view

Dam view.....

End

The walk had taken us about six hours including the stop at the hotel. I took this photo on the drive back!

An easy walk, even with snow and ice.

Jo.

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