Branstree

Height: 713 metres / 2339 feet Grid reference: NY 47801 09975 Category: The Far Eastern Fells

Branstree summit

Branstree summit

One of the cairns on Artle Crag below Branstree summit

One of the cairns on Artle Crag below Branstree summit

Selside Pike

Start Point: Roadside parking near the head of Haweswater (NY 479 119)

Mardale – Old Corpse Road – Selside Pike – Captain Whelter Bog – High Howes (Mardale) – Artle Crag – Branstree – North Ridge – Hollow Stone – Mardale

Distance: 4.7 miles Total Ascent: 506 metres Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes Start Time: 08:20

Weather: Sunny and warm, 17°C

What a gorgeous day it turned out to be today – there was an early mist but once the sun burned through it was really warm so I was down to shirt sleeves and it really did feel like a summer’s day. It was just about perfect and the sort of day I have been dreaming about for the last 12 months!

Selside Pike

Branstree

Start point: Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale (NY 483 057)

Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale – Gatesgarth Pass – Branstree Tarn Crag (Longsleddale) Harrop Pike Grey Crag(Longsleddale) Great Howe (Longsleddale) – Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale

Distance: 7.5 miles     Total Ascent: 767 metres     Time Taken: 3 hour 30 minutes     Start Time: 09:00

Weather: Cold, wet and windy. 6C

Today I had a walk in Longsleddale, one of the remotest valleys around and I certainly saw no-one today. It was wild on the tops today with a strong wind and some heavy showers which coupled with boggy terrain made the going arduous at times – nice to be out for a longer walk once more though and I enjoyed it.

Mardale Round

Start point: Mardale Head (NY 469 127)

Mardale Head – Hollow Stone – Branstree north ridge – Artlecrag Pike – Branstree – Gatescarth Pass Little Harter FellHarter Fell (Mardale) – Nan Bield Pass – Mardale Ill BellHigh StreetRough Crag (Riggindale)Mardale Head

Distance: 8.2 miles     Total Ascent: 960 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours

Weather: Sunny and bright, becoming cloudy. 10oC.

It was sunny and bright first thing this morning with hardly a cloud in the sky – fantastic conditions for a walk around Mardale Head. Once up to High Street, the clouds came in and made it all a bit flat and I felt in hindsight it might have been better walking anti-clockwise…but then again, who knows? You never can tell what the weather will do.

Mosedale East

Start point: Swindale Lane (NY 516 133)

Truss Gap – Swindale Head Harrop Pike Grey Crag Tarn Crag Branstree – Artle Crag – High Howes (Mardale) Selside Pike – Captain Whelter Bog – High Blake Dodd – Old Corpse Road – Swindale Head – Truss Gap

Distance: 11.5 miles     Total Ascent: 800 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Overcast and dull. 19oC.

It has been very wet of late and the weather didn’t promise much today either but I managed to escape the rain for a walk starting from the remote valley of Swindale circling the even remoter valley of Mosedale. There were no views today, the skies were leaden with the merest peep of sunshine. The terrain is generally boggy in this area and I certainly got a good bootful of water today! The remoteness of this area has some advantages though as I only saw one other person all day.

Branstree

Start point: Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale (NY 483 057)

Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale – Gatesgarth Pass – Branstree (364) – Artlecrag PikeSelside Pike (365)High Howes (Mardale) (366) Tarn Crag (Longsleddale) (367)Harrop Pike (368) Grey Crag (Longsleddale) (369) Great Howe (Longsleddale) (370) – Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale

Distance: 10.1 miles     Total Ascent: 972 metres     Time Taken: 3 hour 45 minutes

Weather: Overcast and hazy, a warm 17°C.

Today’s walk was a visit to some of the far eastern fells that I haven’t visited for a good while, starting from Longsleddale. Longsleddale is a lovely valley which is very quiet and Sadgill seems very remote at the end of the long valley road. The weather promised much but failed to deliver any sunshine although it was warm. Indeed, there were more than a few spots of rain towards the end.

Longsleddale

Sadgill – Gatesgarth Pass – Branstree (166) – Artlecrag PikeSelside Pike (167) – High HowesTarn Crag (168)Grey Crag (169) – Great Howe – Sadgill

Started out fine with the snowline being at 500 metres, however on return the snow had made it down to the valley.