Seven Summits Around Hayeswater

Name of walk Seven Summits Around Hayeswater
Date of walk 2008-04-10
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 6 hours 0 minutes
Weather Bits of snow
Peaks on walk The Knott, Rampsgill Head, High Raise, Kidsty Pike, High St., Thornthwaite Crag and Gray Crag.
Walked with Janet Kendall and the dogs Poppy, Daisy and little Miffy
Parking Hartsop Car Park
Yesterday Janet and the dogs Poppy, Daisy, little Miffy and me went to Hartsop to climb seven of the summits on the other side of the Kirkstone Pass. The summits included: The Knott (2423ft), Rampsgill Head (2598ft), High Raise (2623ft), Kidsty Pike (2560ft), High St. (2718ft), Thornthwaite Crag (2569ft) and Gray Crag (2286ft).
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We started from the car park in Hartsop and took the path on the left.

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Daisy on the path up to the filter Station.

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Once past the Filter Station you cross over the gill via a footbridge and walk up beside the cascades.

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Soon Hayeswater is reached.

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The route up the fellside starts just over the foorbridge. The weather soon changed to snow while we made our way up, but by the time we reached the the top had changed back to sunshine.

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All day we we treated to sunshine and snow showers, in sunshine the visability was super. Looking back down towards Brothers Water. On the right is Helvellyn and Striding Edge with the peak of Catstye Cam to the right of that. On the left is Hart Crag, Fairfield, St Sunday Crag, Dollywaggon Pike and Nethermost Pike. The ridge in the middle foreground is Hartsop Above How.

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From our route up to The Knott is Rest Dodd and The Nab.....a sanctuary for Red Deer.

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The green water of Hayeswater and beyond that is Gray Crag, our route back down.

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The view to High St.

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Miffy at The Knott summit cairn.

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We headed off for Rampsgill Head.....looking over at Kidsty Pike and Haweswater

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Riggindale where the Golden Eagles live. On the right is the ridge route I took up to High St. from Mardale.

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The dogs are first to the summit of Rampsgill Head.

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Sun on the high peaks.

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The route to High Raise.

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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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We had lunch on the summit of High Raise. Snow Clouds getting thicker.

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From the summit of Kidsty Pike looking down Riggindale to Haweswater and The Rigg.

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Left to right is Harter Fell, glimpse of Windernere, Mardale Ill Bell, and High St

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Me

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A hail shower suddenly envelopes us as we head towards High St.

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It is getting a bit cold for Miffy so she gets a lift in the warm! Well they do say that dogs are "pack" animals.....er....did they not mean back-packs?

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View down Riggindale now obscured by hail.

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15 minutes later we have sunshine again. The view back to Kidsty Pike ridge.

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By the time we reached the summit of High St. we then had a snow shower and all views were obscured.

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A snowy Miffy goes back in the rucksack. Most of the time she couldn`t be seen at all, but would peek out occasionally to check on the weather!

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The snow started to ease off and the Beacon of Thornthwaite Crag came in to view on the horizon.

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View from the Beacon down Windermere.

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The 14ft high summit cairn of Thornthwaite crag.

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The weather had improved enough for Miffy to poke all her head out.

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Looking towards Frostwck, Ill Bell and Yoke.

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Heading to Gray Crag Miffy was still in the pack until we reached the wall ahead.

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Looking down to Hayeswater.

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Summit of Gray Crag and a close up of sunshine on the snowy peaks of Blencathra.

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Hayeswater in sunshine.

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The view down to the weir where we started up the fellside and our route up to The Knott on the far right.

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View from Gray Crag over to Brock Crags, Angletarn Pikes and Place Fell.

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Looking down to Hartsop.

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The Filter House is back in sight.

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Old farm building, unusual roofing material.

The walk was nine miles and took us six hours. All three dogs were remarkably quiet on the way back. I think we tired them out!
Another good day!
Jo.

 

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