Hayeswater Round in Snow

Name of walk Hayeswater Round in Snow
Date of walk 2010-02-19
Distance walked (miles) 8
Duration of walk 5 hours 30 minutes
Weather Sunshine and blue skies
Peaks on walk The Knott, Rampsgill Head, Kidsty Pike, High St. Thornthwaite Crag, Gray Crag
Walked with Brendan
Parking Hartsop car park.

Yesterday we went to Hartsop to do six of the summits on the other side of the Kirkstone Pass. The Knott (2423ft), Rampsgill Head (2598ft), Kidsty Pike (2560ft), High St. (2718ft), Thornthwaite Crag (2569ft) and Gray Crag (2286ft). The walk was about 9 miles.

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It turned out to be a sunny blue-sky day, even though hill fog had been forecast! We headed up past the filter station and on to a frozen Hayeswater. Looking up at The Knott our first summit.

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Looking down on Hayeswater from the route up.

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The path was concealed under snow so we headed on up to the left straight up the hillside.

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Quite a steep trudge, but easy with the Microspikes. Brendan in the foreground, Brock Crags on the right with the Helvellyn range behind and Brothers Water in the valley.

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It was warm we didn`t need coats until the summit.

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Looking at our route round from The Knott summit.

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Behind me is Rampsgill Head, our first detour.

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Looking back to The Knott. We went straight up to Rampsgill Head through virgin snow. The two Border Collies on the left were in training as Rescue Dogs.

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Brendan playing catch up!

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The Nab on the left, looking down Ramps Gill toward Martindale. Hallin Fell at the end of the valley and a glimpse of Ullswater.

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High Raise.

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Our second detour on to Kidsty Pike.

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View from Kidsty Pike down to Haweswater.

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Looking over at our route up to High St. and round to Thornthwaite Crag and Gray Crag.

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View down Riggindale where the Golden Eagles are. Kidsty Pike on the left.

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Route to High St. and Thornthwaite Crag.

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We walked up on the left of the wall.

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Looking down Long Stile.

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Blea Water with Mardale Ill Bell Behind and Harter Fell on the left.

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Ill Bell poking up on the left. High St. summit cairn ahead.

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Brendan and High St. Cairn.

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Looking back to the summit cairn. You can tell how deep the snow is if I tell you the wall is between 3 and 4 ft high! We were walking on powder snow on top of frozen snow.

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Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick with Windermere on the right.

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Close up with the sea behind.

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Close up of Striding Edge, Helvellyn, Swirral Edge and Catstycam.

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Walking towards The Beacon on Thornthwaite Crag.

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The vastness that is High St. A group of 4 walkers on the right gives some perspective. Black clouds looming!

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Looking over at Gray Crag our final summit of the day.

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The Beacon. We stopped here for lunch.

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View to Gray Crag.

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Looking across to Caudale Moor.

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Looking down on to the moraines and a frozen Hayeswater. Rest Dodd, The Knott and High St. on the right.

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Looking back from Gray Crag to Thornthwaite Crag.

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Tom the Border Terrier at the summit cairn on Gray Crag.

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Looking down at our starting route up from Hayeswater dam....it looks steep!

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The route down from Gray Crag was steep too, but all on grass.

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Our route back down to the filter house. This bit was very steep, so we needed to zig-zag......glad of the Microspikes again!

We got down in one piece, the grass and snow made for a spongy descent. For once I was glad I was going down this way, not up!

The walk took us five and a half hours, not bad for the conditions and the distance. We stopped of at the Kirkstone Pass Inn on the way back home and then had a meal at The Ferry on Walney.

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