Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Tuesday 23 September 2008 - Lake District - a stroll from Mardale Head

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By Adam Seat above Haweswater Reservoir

Today's excursion with Andrew (aka Notchy) comprised a high level round from Mardale Head, up beside Gatesgarth Beck, past Adam Seat to Harter Fell, then down to Nan Bield Pass before rising again to Mardale Ill Bell for lunch, then along the superbly renovated path to reach High Street at the Racecourse Hill cairn.

A short stroll north took us to The Knott, with great views across to the west, and north towards Ullswater.  Then it was across to Rampsgill Head, and on to our sixth and final Wainwright of the day, Kidsty Pike, before descending pleasantly over Kidsty Howe and down to the car park at the head of Haweswater Reservoir.

Here's the route - 14 km, with 950 metres ascent, taking from 10.30 to 3.45 including breaks of about an hour.2301route Here's the view back down Haweswater Reservoir, before setting off.2302mardale

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This rather complicated sign gave us three options.

 



We selected 'Gatesgarth Pass'.  The path is very nicely graded.  Here's Andrew on the ascent.2304gbeck
Up at  Harter Fell, we paused to admire the view along the Reservoir and beyond to the Pennines.2306harter Sunlit Lakeland summits lined up on the western horizon.2307view 
The Kentmere hills provided a fine foreground to the view across Morecambe Bay.2308mbay 
The path rose gently up to High Street.  It has recently been rebuilt and is in superb condition, as are many Lakeland paths these days.  It's just as well really, given the large number of people we saw in this comparatively obscure corner of the District.  We encountered 50-80 people on the hills today, probably as many as Sue and I were seeing each week in the Alps.2309aschs 
The Knott revealed sunny vistas to the north, with Ullswater just visible.  Ravens circled above.2310uls 
The picture below shows Andrew on the thin path up to Rampsgill Head, with The Knott behind him and Helvellyn and its neighbours behind that.2311knott 
These mountain bikers may have been enjoying a great 22 mile  route from Patterdale that passes this way.2312cycle 
We paused at Kidsty Pike to finish our provisions and admire three fine looking stags far below us in Riggindale.  A large female red deer studied us intently from a couple of hundred metres away.  We must have stood out very clearly on her horizon.  Sadly they were all far too distant to be captured on camera, and the kestrel that flew around well within range was just too quick!

And so we continued, on down the gently sloping ridge to the edge of the Reservoir and thence back to the car.2313hw

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On the way we encountered a superb, ancient looking, path, with upright stones carefully positioned at regular intervals on either side.

 

 

 


2315sheep And this very clean (I believe it has rained here recently) sheep peered at us across a bed of tormentil.

 

 


Britain at its Best.  A fine walk in the best of company on a lovely late summer's day.  Thank you Andrew for suggesting this day out and acting as chauffeur.

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