High Street to Stony Cove Pike from Hartsop

Name of walk High Street to Stony Cove Pike from Hartsop
Date of walk 2014-07-22
Distance walked (miles) 12
Duration of walk 8 hours 22 minutes
Weather Blue skies and hot!
Peaks on walk High Street, Thornthwaite Crag, Gray Crag, Stony Cove Pike
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Hartsop car park.

On Tuesday Ged, Kas and I drove to Hartsop in order to walk up to High Street, Thornthwaite Crag, Gray Crag and Stony Cove Pike/Caudale Moor and descend down to the pub at Brothers Water before making a circuit of the lake and returning to Hartsop. A walk of just over 12 miles. Today was very hot with no breeze at all, so we would need to slow our pace a bit, which suits me fine!

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Looking up Pasture Bottom to Threshthwaite Mouth where we would stop for lunch.

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It was very hot today as we walked up the track towards Hayeswater. Looking back to Hartsop.

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We pass the Filter House on the right.

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The new bridge for walkers. The weir over Hayeswater is no more. This time last year I was sitting on it with hundreds of fish nibbling my toes.

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A very low water level now at Hayeswater.

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A close up view back to Brothers Water. Despite the heat the views to the surrounding fells are not hazy.

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We gain the ridge path and go past The Knott towards High St. View to High St. from the Kidsty Pike turn off.

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View down Riggindale to Haweswater with Kidsty Pike on the left.

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This time we took the path on the right which gave us excellent views down to a very blue Hayeswater.

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Instead of continuing on the path to Thornthwaite Crag we detour up for High St. summit cairn.

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Kas and me on the summit.

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We then detour the hundred meters to look down on the Riggindale ridge, Haweswater and Blea Water. An excellent view out today!

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Looking across Blea Water to Harter Fell and Mardale Ill Bell.

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We retrace our steps back to the Thornthwaite Crag path. Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick on the left with Windermere in the distance.

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The Beacon on the top of Thornthwaite Crag.

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From here we then detour to the summit of Gray Crag. Ullswater ahead.

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Heading for Gray Crag summit, which actually has no cairn, so we continue on the rise that does.

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Now we are looking down on Hayeswater, and our route up, from the other side.

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There are a few deer down in the valley.

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We return towards Thornthwaite Crag, but cut the corner off by heading across the grass towards Threshthwaite Mouth, and so avoiding the horrid scree run.

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The climb up towards Stony Cove Pike/Caudale Moor.

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Looking down Pasture Bottom to where I took the first photo of the walk this morning.

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I turn 180 degrees for the view down to Troutbeck Tongue.

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We stop briefly for lunch and then continue upwards. Looking back to the steep scree run down from Thornthwaite Crag, that we craftily avoided, as we climb up towards Stony Cove Pike.

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Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke on the left.

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Stony Cove Pike summit with Thornthwaite Beacon on the right. Gray Crag goes off right and behind that is High St.

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We walk towards Caudale Head by following the wall, turning right for the large cairn. There is an excellent view to be seen down to Brothers Water. We follow the ridge on the left all the way down to the pub!

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Ged takes this one of Me and Kas. Hartsop Dodd on the right. In this heat I am glad to be carrying nothing on my back.

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We head down the ridge which leads us down to the old quarry.

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Remains of buildings in the old quarry.

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The steep bit, which is on grass, but still a little hard on the knees. The pub is the white building by the trees.

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View up the valley between Middle Dodd and High Hartsop Dodd.

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It is incredibly hot on this section as there is not a breath of wind, but the view of the pub spurs us on.

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View up Caudale Beck.

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Kas gets a drink before we do. We brought extra water today for Kas, but despite the dry weather there were still a few pools on the ridge for him to drink from.

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The ridge we came down on the right, as we cross over the bridge.

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Sitting in the shade outside the Brothers Water Arms with a pint of something wet.

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We then head across the campsite for Hartsop Hall.

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Close up of Angletarn Pikes and Brock Crags.

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Hartsop Hall.

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The view down Brothers Water.

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On the right is the ridge we walked down.

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Idyllic Brothers Water. The slope of Hartsop Dodd on the right with the slope of Gray Crag behind.

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The reflections in the lake have remained all day, showing how little air movement there has been. The reflection of Hartsop Dodd.

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View down the lake.

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Looking across to High Hartsop Dodd as we walk towards the hamlet of Hartsop.

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There are some lovely cottages in Hartsop.

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Cottages with great views.

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Some with distinctive architecture.

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I wouldn't mind such views of a morning. If I win the lottery, Hartsop beware!

Another excellent walk, very easy to navigate and just the right terrain for a very hot day. Including our stop at the pub, the walk took us eight hours and twenty two minutes and was 12.07 miles. No, we did not spent three hours in the pub! Less than half an hour actually, but we did dawdle on the hills…..heat and age take their toll. Most people would probably do it in under six hours in normal weather. Walking the hills is never an exact science, so I was late for bell-ringing practice for the second week running, but only by ten minutes, so I’m probably forgiven…… 🙂

Jo.

 

 

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