Kidsty Pike & High St. from Haweswater

Name of walk Kidsty Pike & High St. from Haweswater
Date of walk 2021-04-22

Thursday was looking to be a great weather day, so I Ieft home at 6.10am to drive to Haweswater for a solo, circular walk up to Kidsty Pike, Rampsgill Head and High Street. Returning via the Riggindale ridge. I have been up via the Riggindale ridge many times before, but never down. The walk is just under 9 miles.

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Haweswater dam 7.30 am. I can see it is going to be an excellent morning for reflections.

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The view panorama from the parking spaces for the way up to Selside Pike. Left click to enlarge, click again to return. Left to right is Harter Fell, Mardale Ill Bell, the Riggindale ridge, High Street, Riggindale, Kidsty Pike. Front left is The Rigg.

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A closer view of my first fell, Kidsty Pike.

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The Rigg, which I will visit on my way back to the car at the end of today's walk.

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I park in the car park and set off just before 8am. I walk around the side of Haweswater. Reflections of Harter Fell.

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I head past The Rigg for the views north.

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Perfectly still.

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The old field walls of Mardale.

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Riggindale Valley and my ridge walk all the way round.

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I detour over the stile and head down to Haweswater.

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My route up to Kidsty Pike.

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It is an easy grassy track up to the crags.

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I scramble between the crags, not far now until I reach the grassy ridge.

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You can now see the path ahead.

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The summit of Kidsty Pike.

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I reach the summit at 9.45am

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View back.

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Panorama of the view from the summit of Kidsty Pike. Left click to enlarge, click again to return. On the left is the Riggindale ridge, in the middle is High Street.

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Summit selfie.

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I head for Rampsgill Head taking a short cut across the grass. High Street from one of the small tarns.

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View down to Martindale and Ullswater from Rampsgill Head. The edges of High Raise and Wether Hill on the right. Beda Fell on the left.

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Brothers Water. Behind is the ridge of Hartsop Above How leading to Hart Crag, Fairfield and St. Sunday Crag.

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Some snow still on Helvellyn.

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The view that includes the Fairfield range to the Helvellyn range.

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I head back to the path for High Street.

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The view down the Riggindale valley, Kidsty Pike on the left.

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I don't take the path up to High St. by the wall, but move over to the Hayeswater side for the views.

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With the bonus of some pink, stripey sheep!

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View back as I head over to the summit.

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High Street summit trig point before 10.45am.

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Summit selfie.

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I head over to the ridge edge.

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A great view for a coffee break, which turns into an early lunch. Well I was up before 5.30am! Blea Tarn below me. The Riggindale ridge on the left, Branstree directly across.

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What looks like an owl pellet beside me, all fur and bones, but over 10cm long. Maybe it's a Golden Eagle pellet?

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I walk along the edge until I reach the route down Long Stile. There is now a pitched path that replaces the awkward scree.

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The ridge is up and down all the way.

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Blea Tarn with Mardale Ill Bell above and Harter fell left.

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Caspel Gate Tarn with Kidsty Pike behind.

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Looking back to Long Stile and its reflection.

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Blea Tarn and its outflow.

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Looking across to Small Water.

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View back after I have climbed down from Rough Crag.

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View up the Gatesgarth Pass.

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Small Water and Blea Tarn together.

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I follow the wall down.

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The end of Haweswater and Branstree.

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I look for a place to have a coffee break just over the other side of the wall, away from the path.

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But first I take a Panorama. Left click to enlarge, click again to return. The car park can now be seen on the right, and the Gatesgarth Pass.

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Coffee break time! What a view! The Rigg just below my feet.

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Another panorama. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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Suitably refreshed I head on down.

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View back and into the valley as I come full circle.

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I head into The Rigg.

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I cross over the bridge and head back to my car.

An excellent day! Very few people about. Great reflections in Haweswater. T-shirt weather once I was off High Street. The walk took six hours and fifteen minutes, but over an hour of that time was spent sat, drinking coffee and admiring the view.

Jo.

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