Haweswater & Shap Abbey

Name of walk Haweswater & Shap Abbey
Date of walk 2018-07-08

On Sunday Brendan and I drove to Haweswater. We parked opposite The Rigg on a hard standing layby, just before the gated Old Corpse Road that leads over to Swindale. The best views are to be had from up high. From there we would be able to see how much of the old village had been exposed after such a dry spell, and have an excellent view of the fells.

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View over to The Rigg from our parking place.

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We head up the Old Corpse Road that leads over to Swindale.

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Mardale Head. The Fells are Harter Fell, Mardale Ill Bell and the Riggindale ridge that leads to High St.

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Riggindale and Kidsty PIke.

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It was really hot up here!

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A two photo panorama. Left click to enlarge, reclick to return.

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Rowantreethwaite waterfall. I want to go and revisit the old peat huts which are a bit higher up, about level with the top of the waterfall, so I leave Brendan to admire the view from a large rock and I head up.

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The peat huts can be seen from the path up. This one is semi-detached. The huts were once used by peat cutters and shepherds.

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New roof, new windows.....I could live here!

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View from above a single room peat hut.

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How could you ever tire of this view?

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On my way back down I meet Brendan who was getting worried about the length of time my visit was taking me.

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We spent our time alone up here with the glorious views, while the world and his wife were at Mardale Head. It was a mass of cars. The hoardes were out to see the newly exposed field boundaries of the submerged old Mardale Village.

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I could see them perfectly well from here!

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We head back down to the car. We stop for a drink at the Haweswater Hotel on the way back.

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We also visit Shap Abbey. The Tarn next to the car park.

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View from the footbridge.

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Shap Abbey was founded in around 1200 and was home to a community of Premonstatensian Canons. Like the Cistersians they wore white habits and built their communities in remote places.

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The west tower was built in around 1500.

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The Abbey layout.

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The Abbey is on the Coast to Coast route. There were a group of American walkers here.

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The farm.

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Abbots were buried in the Chapter House.

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The Abbey Church.

A lovely short walk on a very hot day. The detour to Shap Abbey was interesting too.

Jo.

 

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