High St. and Kidsty Pike via Haweswater and Blea Tarn

Name of walk High St. and Kidsty Pike via Haweswater and Blea Tarn
Date of walk 2010-08-03
Distance walked (miles) 6
Duration of walk 6 hours 0 minutes
Weather Mist then clearing
Peaks on walk HighSt., Kidsty Pike
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Mardale Head car park

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I went to Haweswater. It was raining and the mist was down but the forecast said it was due to clear. We decided to take the route up to Blea Water and then on to the Long Stile ridge to High Street. We did contemplate going over Mardale Ill Bell and down via Small Water but the Kidsty Pike route around Riggindale looked to have better weather.

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We stopped opposite The Rigg to snap the rainbow. Riggindale all in mist.

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Mardale Ill Bell ahead in mist.

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Looking back towards Branstree.

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Blea Water Dam as we head up towards the clouds.

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We walk along a bit before heading up the steep grass for Long Stile. The grass was long and very wet. Wet socks mean wet feet!

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The mist is starting to lift. Haweswater seen behind.

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Looking down on Blea Water from Long Stile.

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Mist gone!

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Cold, wet and misty on High St.

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It clears as we head off High St. down the Straights of Riggindale towards Kidsty Pike.

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A good view down the Riggindale Valley. No signs of Golden Eagles.

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Looking back up to a misty High St.

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View from Kidsty Pike.

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We stopped for lunch with this as the view. It was getting quite warm now.

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The remains of Riggindale Farm.

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Riggindale Farm ruins from a distance.

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Looking back up to Kidsty Pike.

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and again.

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Riggindale Valley and Ged in view.

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Looking along the length of Haweswater from near The Rigg.

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There are public footpaths shown on the OS map and a stile to enter The Rigg so we were surprised to find a notice "National Trust: Authorised Personnel only". There was no forest work taking place so we ignored the notice and entered following the footpath to the tip where there was an enormous drop to the lake and good views across. There was also evidence of recent camping by youths who had made fires and left all their waste behind them. Maybe it is these people the NT are trying to keep out. We followed the route of the other footpath which followed the shoreline within the forest, but the only exit from it was to the shore itself.....unless you want to scale a 6ft wall! A stile would be nice!

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We walked along the shore back to the car park. The path was to our right on the other side of the wall

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Haweswater was not looking too bad for water, I wish I`d seen it three weeks ago.

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The Rigg ahead. Old field walls that just head into the water.

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The walk was a little over six miles long took us under six hours to do with lots of little detours and a sit down lunch. We stopped for a drink at the Haweswater Hotel on the way back.
Jo.
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