High Street

Start point: Hartsop (NY 410 130)

Hartsop – Gray Crag – Thornthwaite Crag – High Street – Straits of Riggindale – Kidsty Pike High RaiseRampsgill Head – The Knott – Hayeswater – Hartsop

Start Time: 06:55

Weather: Turning to sunny, cold wind. 12°C

Partly Cloudy                 
Temperature      4 ℃ 
Feels like       1 ℃
Wind Speed       6.0 mi/h
Wind Direction   NNW
Humidity         86%           

Wow, how long has it been since I was up some of these fells? Well the last time I was on Gray Crags was in 2009, I can hardly believe it!. When I set off, the eastern fells were overcast with cloud and looking to the west I could see those fells were bathed in sunshine. Not to worry, it soon cleared out to make it a fantastic day, the longest I have done for ages and probably the longest ever for Fletcher, taking in 7 new Wainwright summits for him. I won’t leave it so long next time.

                       

Gray Crag

Height: 699 metres / 2293 feet Grid reference: NY 42675 11882 Category: The Far Eastern Fells

Sun rising over Gray Crag from the corrals at Hartsop

Sun rising over Gray Crag from the corrals at Hartsop

Gray Crag with Hayeswater now in view

Gray Crag with Hayeswater now in view

Strange light over Gray Crag from the start of the plateau

Strange light over Gray Crag from the start of the plateau

Hayeswater Circuit

Start point: Hartsop (NY 410 130)

Hartsop – Gray Crag Thornthwaite Crag High Street – Straits of Riggindale – The Knott – Hayeswater – Hartsop

Distance: 7 miles     Total Ascent: 770 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 15 minutes

Weather: Mostly clear. 2°C.

I managed to get over Kirkstone Pass this morning even though it was pretty icy again. This is the fourth walk in a row in the same area, I guess I am just drawn over that way at the moment for some reason. The weather prediction was for great clarity today and it was indeed clear all morning, but the sun did not quite manage to get through the cloud although there were some quite amazing skies over the snowy fells.

 

Threshthwaite Horseshoe

Start point: Hartsop (NY 410 130)

Hartsop – Hartsop Dodd Caudale Moor (Stony Cove Pike) – Threshthwaite Mouth – Gray Crag – Hartsop

Distance: 5.5 miles     Total Ascent: 775 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 45 minutes

Weather: Initially clear then cloud. 10oC.

I didn’t know what to expect today, I certainly didn’t expect any clear photos as it was raining so much! As I went over Kirkstone Pass, there was a certain amount of clarity around Hartsop, so that’s what I settled on. The clouds were hanging around in thick layers in the valleys but eventually it lifted to cover the tops and the highest part of the walk was completed in the mist.

High Street

Start point: Hartsop (NY 410 130)

Hartsop – Gray Crag (110) – Thornthwaite Crag (111) – High StreetThe Knott (112) – Rest Dodd (113) – The Nab (114) – Satura Crag – Angle Tarn Pike South (115) – Angletarn Pike North (116) – Brock Crags (117) – Hartsop

Weather: Overcast, some rain later.

Another walk chosen by my 13 year old son today, principally to take in some wildlife; the promise of wild ponies on Thornthwaite Crag, a Golden Eagle over Riggindale and deer in the Martindale Deer Forest spurring him into action. Of course, there was also the lure of walking in the footsteps of Roman soldiers across High Street.

From the car park through the hamlet of Hartsop, we followed the old mine road along Hayeswater Gill and over Wath Bridge.